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Mr. Michael Douglas Kennedy

Obituary for Mr. Michael Douglas Kennedy

February 20, 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Michael D. Kennedy, 79, of Philadelphia, died suddenly on February 20, 2021. Mike was a graduate of Collingdale High School, and Mt. Hermon School, Northfield, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he played football, before leaving to join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He received a Bachelor's degree in real estate and urban development from American University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
In 1971, Mike started in commercial real estate with Rouse and Associates (predecessor of Liberty Property Trust). That began a successful career spanning nearly 50 years in which he worked for, among others, Jackson Cross, Studley, The Flynn Company, as well as establishing his own companies, M. D. Kennedy & Co., and Kennedy Wolfington. During this period he was awarded Realtor of the Year honors and served as President of the Philadelphia Board of Realtors.
Mike was a great athlete who enjoyed sports throughout his life, as both spectator and participant. As a former member of the Philadelphia Racquet Club, he was a competitive amateur squash player. Mike enjoyed golf at Aronimink Golf Club, and on numerous trips through the British Isles. He was also an accomplished scuba diver, traveling frequently to the Cayman Islands, where he honed his passion for photography, especially underwater photography, which won him local awards.
He took great pleasure in dining out and Philadelphia night life. Mike traveled extensively with one of his prized journeys being to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. He and Carol enjoyed many trips to Europe with Italy becoming one of their favorite destinations.
An avid reader, it might be understated to say Mike read thousands of books in his lifetime. And he appreciated music, from opera to oldies, reminding you, on occasion, of his stints as a teenager on the original American Bandstand. He loved to tease, took great joy in telling a joke, and, on occasion, pulling off a great practical joke. He will be remembered for his generosity, his sense of humor, and, mainly, his passion for life.
Mike will be greatly missed by his friends, his devoted wife Carol (O'Neill), his daughters, Parker (Jamie) Rea, Merritt (Ronnie) Shaw, and step-daughters, Courtney O'Neill, Gillian (Dixon) Shay, his 3 grandchildren, Campbell and Gardner Rea, and Ella Shay, and his sister and brother-in-law Deborah and David Faragher.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the ASPCA or World Wildlife Fund (WWF) would be appreciated.
Mike's Life Celebration will be private for the family. A public service will be announced at a time in the future.
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