A few weeks ago the Journal wrote about the beginning of the third term of City Councilman John J. Kennedy. Today we regrettably write about the passing of John Kennedy for undisclosed reasons to this paper. We all loved and honored him for his political talent and love of his community and his people. John demonstrated his love of community by remembering the names of his constituents and members of the community.
John was a friend of President Barack Obama and a servant to his people. He has served hundreds of other national Politicians who all held meetings at Johns’ massive home . He loved his Alma-Maters, Howard University, and the University of Southern California. Now it’s time to rest in the arms of Jesus. May he rest in peace. He will rest as our eyes fill with tears in memory of his laughter and smile. Our precious memories are how you remembered us in our moments of grief and pain. Today we remember you as our leader, our advocate, and our example of how to win or lose with mercy, grace, and the spirit of giving.
We will miss you as we try to serve the community with the love and mercy you have taught us and the example you have shown us . You stopped by my house to wish me well after my stroke, you helped me tell the story of The State of Black Pasadena when I asked it of you.
You were born to lead and after graduating from Blair High School You led the community as the youngest President of the Pasadena NAACP ever. John was hired as special Assistant to Police Chief Jerry Oliver and served at the Los Angeles Urban League, before being elected as a Pasadena City Council member, three times.
John, you surprised us again, leaving too soon, and without warning. We will miss you and your talents and we will rejoin you and see you again if and when I get to heaven. Sleep well Sweet Prince.