James F. Kenney Sr., a retired Philadelphia firefighter and the father of Mayor Kenney, will be buried in South Jersey. Mr. Kenney, 83, died Tuesday at Jefferson Frankford Hospital.
Funeral arrangements were announced Thursday. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Egizi Funeral Home, 119 Ganttown Rd., Turnersville. A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 176 Stagecoach Rd., Sicklerville, N.J. 08081. Burial will be at Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown.
Mayor Kenney thanked Philadelphians for their “thoughtful messages” of comfort to him and his family.
“My father was my hero," the mayor said in a statement. “He was a wonderful provider, terrific role model, and one of my biggest motivators throughout my life. His work as a Philadelphia firefighter inspired me to pursue a career in service to others. And he taught me and my siblings the most important lesson: Always respect others, no matter what their background or views. My father meant the world to my family, and he will be truly missed.”
Mr. Kenney served in the Navy during the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier Oriskany. He was also a member of the Coast Guard Reserve, serving for 21 years and retiring as a chief warrant officer.
He was a 22-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, retiring as a battalion chief in 1980. He later worked at the Inquirer and Daily News as a safety manager, retiring in 1994.
In addition to his son, Mr. Kenney is survived by his wife, Barbara; children Stephen Kenney, Janet Brinkman, and Christopher Kenney; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.