Obituary: John Robert Kennedy, 68

John Robert Kennedy, 68, who lived in Wilton, died on Nov. 22, 2016, at his home. He leaves his wife, of nine years, Marsha Booth Kennedy, mother- and father-in-law, Joseph and Gwyneth Booth, stepchildren Patrick and wife Elizabeth Flynn, and Lisa and husband Raymond Ricker. He was predeceased by his parents.

Kennedy owned a remodeling business, JRK Remodeling, and was a carpenter for 15 years. Prior to that, he worked for 30 years as an art director for several graphic design companies, including Tennis Magazine and Golf Digest.

He loved flying from an early age, was an experienced hang glider and participated in the National Hang Gliding Championships in Austria and Switzerland. His favorite pastime was restoring "Lucy," a 1940 Luscombe airplane, which he finished this past summer and flew many times in the past months.

A talented artist, his work hung on the walls of the Georgetown Saloon. He also loved gardening, and always maintained his own, as well as his father-in-law’s, garden.

He loved animals, especially cats, taking in many a stray. He loved his dear cat, Millie, who lived for 24 years, and his new rescued buddy, Jerry.

The family extends its heartfelt thanks “to the many friends at Danbury Airport who were instrumental in encouraging John to restore his antique airplane and fly again”

A memorial service will be held at Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made the to Connecticut Humane Society.