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BUCKSPORT - Cleveland H. Kennedy II (JR.) passed on to his heavenly home on February 2, 2016 after a courageous, almost two years, battle with cancer. He was at his home with much of his loving family by his side. He was born to C.H., SR. & Alice (Rome) Kennedy on 4-18-35 in Bangor.

After attending Bucksport High School, Cleve served his country in the Third Air Wing of the Marines as an air craft mechanic from 1954 to 1956 on active duty where he met his beloved wife, Charlene (Burkhardt) Kennedy in Hialeah, FL. They were married on July 10, 1956. Together they raised their family starting in E. Orland, ME and then Bucksport. Cleve was a retired paper maker having worked in the mill for 44 years before his retirement in 1996.

He was a fifty year member of the Masonic Lodge in Bucksport. Cleve enjoyed chatting to friends at the Congregational Church suppers. He helped peel potatoes for the fish fries at St. Vincent De Paul and before his illness attended the monthly luncheons put on by the nuns there.

Hunting, fishing, fly tying, skiing, and other outdoor activities were enjoyed by Cleve with family and friends. He demonstrated patience while teaching the family how to turkey trot and side step up and down a hill before taking them to a ski area with a lift. There are many memorable stories about these excursions. He enjoyed walking and visiting with friends at the Bucksport Water Front. Playing guitar, listening to music, and dancing were pursuits enjoyed by Cleve with his wife, Charlene. Bluegrass and country were favorite types of music.

One time fishing in Millinocket Cleve and Norman made chunky peanut butter sandwiches. Unfortunately, the chucks were not peanuts, but the famous black flies of the Northern Woods. So, they opted for a pizza from town. During a bird hunting session in Ashland, Cleve Jr. and Cleve III heard noises from the deck on the camp. They noticed the foil was lifted on the home-made lasagna in the cooler. Cleve kept flicking on the lights, but the animal remained anonymous. Finally, Cleve revealed the identity of the thief with a flashlight - a raccoon.

All the support was appreciated from Hospice, Matthew Carrier who assisted with his care so he could remain at home, Herbie and Julie Gilley, Joe and Delores Sheehan's family, Bob and Cheryl Losurdo, Leo and Joanne Grunwald, Mike Allen, Bonnie Taylor, friends and family too numerous to mention.

Cleve was predeceased by his father Cleveland SR., his mother Alice, brother John, and his sister Katherine Nickless. He is survived by his wife, Charlene from Bucksport, his daughters Candy Witham from Bucksport, and Charlotte Carrier and husband Michael from Orland, his son Edward Kennedy and wife Martha from Mahomet Illinois, his son Cleveland Kennedy III, and wife Cathy from Rockland, his sister Virginia (Ginny) Nickless from Waterville, many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 3:00 with the service performed at 3:00 on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Mitchell Tweedie Funeral Home in Bucksport. A private family Interment will follow sometime in July. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Bucksport Community Concerns Inc. P.O. Box 603 Bucksport ME 04416, Lafayette Family Cancer Center P.O. Box 931 Bangor, Me 04402, Catholic Charities PO Box.10660 Portland ME 04104, or a charity of your choice. (www.mitchelltweedie-young.com)
Published on  February 4, 2016
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