HOPKINTON, N.H. – Honorable Richard Edward “Stretch” Kennedy, 80, of Hopkinton, N.H., passed peacefully in the company of his family on Jan. 15, 2014.
His wife, Karen and his daughter, Margaret “Annie” of Hopkinton, N.H.; daughter, Mildred Kennedy-Stirling and son-in-law, Eric Stirling and grandchildren, Avis and Oscar of Township A Range 12, survive him.
A successful newspaper investor he was a proud husband, father and Mason, past master of Columbia-Doric Lodge No. 149 in Greenville, and member of Harris Lodge No. 91 in Warner, N.H., as well as the General Court Lodge No. 1784, Concord, N.H. He was a friend of Bill. Richard served several terms in the New Hampshire legislature, was on the New Hampshire Republican State Committee and served on the New Hampshire-Canada Trade Council. While residing in Maine, Richard served as a deputy sheriff of Piscataquis County and on the Maine Republican State Committee. His interests included gardening, Seaplane Pilots Ass., GONH, the Fight to Educate and a lifelong advocacy for individual liberties.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Salvation Army; or the Columbia-Doric Lodge No. 149 in Greenville. Visitation will held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a celebration of his life to follow at 7 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, 3 Church St., the brick building, Concord, N.H. A celebration of life will also be arranged this summer in Greenville. Last night I dreamt a deadly dream: Far beyond the Isle of Skye, I dreamed I saw a dead man die, I dreamt that man was I. The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.