Charles Francis Kenney

Charles Francis Kenney

April 01, 1918 - September 21, 2009

Charles Francis Kenney

April 01, 1918 - September 21, 2009


Charles Francis Kenney, 91, a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at home with family members in San Clemente on September 21, 2009. His life was filled with accomplishments, beginning in 1939 with his football career with USF, the US Navy, and San Francisco 49ers 1947. After football, Charles continued his career with the Navy, serving as Captain in the US Naval Reserves for over thirty years. In this capacity he was the Commanding Officer of the Los Alamitos Naval Air Reserve Base in the early 1970’s. Charles was also tremendously successful with his career in education, beginning as a teacher, principal, and ultimately as Superintendent of schools. Dr. Kenney was the Superintendent of Schools of Santa Ana Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District, and the Mount Eden School District. He was also Superintendent of the Antilles School District, a part of the Department of Defense Education Activity, located in Puerto Rico. While Dr. Kenney devoted his life to serving students and providing leadership to aspiring administrators, he also spent his life being a wonderful father and grandfather to his nine loving children, eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In addition to his children, he leaves behind his brother, Joe Banovich, and many nieces and nephews. As a result of his strong work ethic, integrity, and wisdom, Charles Kenney is a hero and role model for his loved ones, and all are immensely grateful for his guidance and love.

A Viewing and Rosary will take place at O’Connor Mortuary on Thursday, October 1st from 7:00-9:00. Funeral Services will be held at St Edwards Church in Dana Point at 12:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009. Burial services will take place on Monday, October 5th in Sebastapol, California, beginning at St. Sebastian’s Chapel at 11:00 am and ending with his burial at Memorial Lawn in Sebastopol.

O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300

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13 responses to Charles Francis Kenney

  1. Dear family,
    I want to give you our deepest simpathy for your lost – in the name of all slovenian relatives. We met uncle Charlie only few times, but we all like him a lot. We are really sorry for your lost. love you all, neva kremesec from Slovenia

  2. First of all to the survivors of Charles Kenny, I miss you all, and please be consoled by the fact that we believe that Mr. Kenney is with Jesus, right now. Charlie Kenny was a great inspiration to me, a close friend and mentor of my Dad. It was with much regret that I could not attend the services. Even though, I cannot be with you physically, I am always with you in Spirit.
    John P. Guinee

  3. Grandpa Chuck,

    You were not only my Larger than Life Grandfather, but also a Hero, a Father, and most importatly a Best Friend to me. I miss you so much each and every day. What I would give for one more conversation, one more hand shake, hug, or kiss. You meant more to me than anyone I have ever known so far in life and I hope I can make you proud and see you again in Heaven. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

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