Thomas R. Kennedy, 74, of Beloit died April 11, 2019, surrounded by his family, at UW Hospital in Madison, after a brief illness.
Survivors include his wife, Penny; children, Christopher (Alisa), Jennifer Kennedy-Logan (David), and Erin Truesdale (Phil); a sister, Patricia Heiden, of Watertown, WI; three nephews; and one niece. Grandchildren include Cameron, Claire, William, and Alexandra Kennedy; Beatrice and Rowan Kennedy-Logan; and Olivia and Sophie Truesdale. He was predeceased by his parents.
Tom was born June 16, 1944, in Poynette, WI, the son of Paul and Mildred (Kleinert) Kennedy, and grew up in Watertown, WI. He graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and History and later earned a Master's degree in Education. Tom was employed by the School District of Beloit for 32 years as a teacher and supervisor of media services. During his tenure he was appointed to the Board of the Beloit Public Library and received a commemoration from the governor of Wisconsin for serving for over 15 years. His work with the library was one of his passions, and in retirement he was a devoted library volunteer, giving back to the community that meant so much to him. He also gave generously of his time and energy to Meals on Wheels and Caritas Community Resource Center, supporting their mission to help neighbors in need.
Tom was a lifelong learner and avid traveler, enjoying many trips throughout the United States as well as Europe with his wife Penny. His curiosity and appreciation for adventure extended to delighting in the outdoors, sharing stories, and cooking, all of which he imparted to his family and friends.
He will be missed by all who knew him. Although our sorrow is heavy, he will remain a shining light in our lives.
There will be no funeral services at this time. A celebration of life is planned for later this year. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI, assisted the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com. Memorials may be given to the Beloit Public Library in his name.