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San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, July 29, 2001
KENNEDY, Paul Kevin -- Age 46 of Corte Madera, passed away July 25, 2001 at his home after an 18 month battle with cancer. Loving husband of Ellie Armstrong Kennedy; son of Edward and the late Ruth F. Kennedy; brother of Maureen, Ned, Janet and Joanne; uncle of Corey, Kelly, Timothy, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Michael, he was a native of Massachusetts. The general manager of The Olympic Club in San Francisco, he obtained a BA from Nichols College, Massachusetts in 1976. A sports enthusiast, Paul was an avid golfer and cyclist having played college hockey. He was a member of the CMAA Club Managers Association of America and the recipient of its 2000 Excellence in Club Management Award. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 114 King Street in Larkspur. Interment private. Memorial gifts may be made to American Cancer Society, Marin Unit, 25 Bellam Blvd. #150, San Rafael, CA 94901.
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San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, July 30, 2001
Paul Kennedy, general manager of S.F. Olympic Club
by Tanya Schevitz, Chronicle Staff Writer
Paul K. Kennedy, general manager of the Olympic Club in San Francisco and a passionate golfer and biker, died Wednesday of liver cancer at his home in Corte Madera. He was 46.
Mr. Kennedy, who was born and raised in Natick, Mass., attended Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., on a hockey scholarship, graduating in 1976 with a business degree.
After graduation, he worked in management at various East Coast hotels, eventually ending up in Litchfield Park, Ariz., at the Wigwam Resort, where he stayed for almost a decade.
In 1989, he moved to San Francisco to work as manager of the country club at the exclusive Olympic Club. He was promoted to general manager of the Olympic Club in 1992, and oversaw the U.S. Open at the club in 1998.
He met his wife, Ellie Armstrong Kennedy, at the club, where she worked for him part time while she earned her business degree at the University of San Francisco. They started dating in 1991, after she quit. They were married May 25, 1996.
Armstrong Kennedy, 36, said her husband was a passionate athlete. He often did triathlons but handed off the swimming leg to someone else because he couldn't swim. Finally, he began learning and had finally reached the point where he would have been able to do a complete triathlon when he was diagnosed in November 1999.
While he gave up the grueling triathlons after a surgery in December 1999, he rode the 200-mile Pan Mass Challenge and raised $10,000 for cancer research in August 2000.
"He was such a fighter, and he was so strong," Armstrong Kennedy said.
Mr. Kennedy, who was an avid golfer, won the City Club Championship in 1999.
Although he was tired from treatment and the disease, Mr. Kennedy worked until the Friday before his death and played nine holes of golf on Monday, shooting a 42.
"It is a huge loss. He was a great person," said Cindy Passanisi, Mr. Kennedy's executive assistant at the Olympic Club. "He fought this disease with so much courage."
He is survived by his wife; his father, Edward Kennedy of Natick, Mass.; three sisters, Maureen Barney of Chicago, Janet Pethic of Concord, N.H., and Joanne Bergin of Natick, Mass; and a brother, Ned Kennedy of Ashland, Mass.
Services for friends and family will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Parish at 114 King St., Larkspur.
The family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Marin Unit, 25 Bellam Blvd., San Rafael CA 94901.
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