Nelson Leo Kennedy, Jr.

Warren, N.H. — Nelson Leo Kennedy, Jr., 54, of Route 25, died suddenly at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, after a brief illness.

Nelson was born in Haverhill, N.H. on December 11, 1959, to Nelson Leo and Loralee (Whitcher) Kennedy, Sr. He was a graduate of Woodsville High School, Class of 1978 where he played soccer and baseball. Following graduation, he joined the US Army where he was stationed with B Company, 46th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy) at Fort Rucker, Ala. While there, he received a Certificate of Appreciation, a Certificate of Achievement, and two Army Commendation Medals.

After his discharge, Nelson worked as a board sawyer at Ken Whitcher’s sawmill in Warren. He also worked with his uncle, Eugene Whitcher, in building construction and while there, they completed multiple construction projects following Hurricane Andrew in St. Croix. He also worked for Conn Valley Lawn Care in Orford, N.H. and for King’s Forest Industries in Wentworth, N.H.

Nelson was a member of the Waternomee Lodge #66 of the Knights of Pythias in Warren and of the Warren Town Team #13. An avid outdoorsman, he loved activities such as hunting, fishing, and scuba diving. He achieved his Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do and participated in martial arts tournaments. He also enjoyed NASCAR, buying scratch tickets, and the Boston Celtics.

Nelson was predeceased by his mother Loralee Kennedy.

He is survived by two sons; Nathan L. Kennedy and wife Teddi of Peabody, Mass. and Adam L. Kennedy and wife Melissa of Orford; two step-children; Jedediah R. Vincelette and wife Julie of Plymouth, N.H. and Shane Vincelette of Warren; six grandchildren; his father, Nelson L. Kennedy, Sr. of Warren; two sisters, Charlene Kennedy and Lorie Ann Sackett and husband Tim both of Warren; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be no calling hours.

A Celebration of Nelson’s life will be held on January 4, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Warren United Methodist Church with Rev. David Moore, officiating. Following the service at the church, the Celebration of Life will continue at the Warren Town Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Warren Old Home Day, PO Box 132, Warren, N.H. 03279.

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Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements.