Francis Kenny

Francis Aloysius "Frank" Kenny

Thursday, June 21st, 1934 - Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
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It is with great sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of our father, Frank Kenny, on December 24, 2019 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Frank was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1934. The youngest child of Frederick and Mary Kenny, he was educated at St. Patrick’s School in St. John’s. He left school early to join the Royal Canadian Army and he spent three years in Canada and Germany. After his discharge, he returned to Newfoundland but the desire to see the world could not be tamed. He eventually re-enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Eventually the military brought him to Gander, NL where he met a young Rosalie Hearn. After only a few months they were wed and a year later they had the first of two children. Over the span of 25 years, the RCAF took them to many postings across Canada. In the early 1970's, The family settled in Red Deer, Alberta. Frank eventually joined the Corrections Canada Service and worked at Bowden Penitentiary with many of his former military colleagues. He eventually retired from this, as well, and opened his own Driving School. For the next ten years he taught the youth of Central Alberta how to drive. In 1999 he decided to sell his business and, yet again, retire. Unfortunately, shortly after selling his business, Rose, his wife of 40 years, passed away unexpectedly and Frank found himself alone. In due course he found himself spending time with a longtime friend of the family who had lost her husband a few years before. Helen and Frank became loving partners for the next 18 years. Frank is predeceased by his wife Rose, his sisters Gladys (Rudy) Perella and Marion (Justin) O’Brien. He is survived by his son, Terry (Helen) Kenny of Grande Prairie, his daughter Karen Kenny of Red Deer, his partner Helen Nesbit and her children, his niece and nephews, and his two great nephews. Frank was an avid golfer, loved to play cards and was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Parish. You could find him most afternoons having a cup of coffee at Tim’s and occasionally pulling the slots at the Casino. His quick wit and and his Newfoundland turns of phrase will be remembered by many. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    5508-48A ave
    RED DEER, AB T4N 3V6
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    The Reverend Father Jan Sobkowicz
  • Interment

    Alto Reste Cemetery
    Hwy 11 East
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    At a later date.


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Susan Walsh

Posted at 02:28pm
Our heartfelt condolences to Aunt Helen and my cousins Terry and Karen on the death of Uncle Frank. Growing up, I spent many years visiting the Kenny's who soon became my second family. Greg and I were fortunate to move to Red Deer and start our family, with Uncle Frank close by. I will miss his Newfoundland sayings, songs, and wit, and our regular phone calls, visits, and chats.

"Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand".

Love and Prayers,
Sue, Greg, Chris, & Ryan

David Smethurst

Posted at 10:57am
Terry, Karen and Helen, I just heard about your Dad's recent passing through my sister in law Tammie. Heidi and I would like to pass on our sincere condolences.
I have fond memories of "Mr. K" - we had a lot of laughs, and shared great times together. I hope to see you in 2020 so we can reflect on great memories together.


David & Heid

Heather Walsh

Posted at 07:21pm
Karen and family. So sorry to hear about “Uncle Frank”. He was always fun to be around and had a great sense of humour. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Heather and Sean Walsh

The Perella Family

Posted at 10:59am
You will be missed by everyone
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Margaret Dorey

Posted at 10:26pm
My deepest condolences to Karen and family. I have wonderful memories of “swanky frankie”, and hold them close to my heart.

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