John E. Kennedy, 78, passed away July 4, 2018 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Born in Springfield, July 25, 1939, he was the son of the late John F. and Elizabeth (Burke) Kennedy. John retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force after serving 22 years. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School Class of 1956 and the St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He was an avid gardener and photographer. He leaves his beloved brother, Edward F Kennedy and his wife Veronica of Monson, his beloved sister Martha Bowler and her husband Robert of West Springfield, his loving nieces and nephews, Timothy, Brian, Mary, Joseph, Katherine and several great nieces and nephews. A funeral home service will be held Thursday, July 12 at 6:30pm at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield St., West Springfield, with calling hours from 5pm-6:30pm. Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made to the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main St., Springfield, MA 01107 or the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.