Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Peter J. Kenny, Sr., Esq. of Charlottesville, passed away suddenly early Sunday morning April 6th at the age of 79. Lt. Col. Kenny was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and possibly the biggest Red Sox fan in Central Virginia. He will be deeply missed.
Lt. Col. Kenny was born in Sharon, CT in 1934 on the morning of July 3rd, the fifth of sixth children. His sons used to enjoy reminding him that per the communications of the day, news of his birth traveled slowly and was only appropriately celebrated the following day, on the 4th of July. Lt. Col. Kenny’s youth was spent in Sharon, including overcoming a bout of polio that confined him to his bed one entire summer.
Lt. Col. Kenny was a graduate of Fordham University and Cornell Law School. Following his graduation from Cornell, Lt. Col. Kenny received a commission in the United States Army, where he served as a military lawyer during the next 20 years. Lt. Col. Kenny was assigned to various domestic and foreign bases, among them Korea, Vietnam, Germany, West Point, Florida, Kansas, and to his final state of residence – Virginia.
Lt. Col. Kenny served on the faculties of the U.S. Military Academy and The Judge Advocate General’s School. During Lt. Col. Kenny’s tenure at West Point, among the many cadets who entered his classroom was a young man named Mike Krzyzewski. Fortunately, this early acquaintance failed to sway Mr. Kenny’s devoted University of Virginia rooting loyalties when the Blue Devils came to town.
Following his twentieth year in the Army, and the receipt of numerous medals, among them the bronze star, Lt. Col. Kenny retired and accepted a position with Virginia Continuing Legal Education in Charlottesville, where he was happily employed the remainder of his working life. Lt. Col. Kenny loved contributing his personal part to upholding the proud professional tradition of the Virginia bar, traveling and meeting many professional acquaintances who became personal friends. Among Lt. Col. Kenny’s duties at the CLE, he particularly treasured the relationships that arose from the conferences and meetings that he attended and was always proud when a lawyer with whom he was familiar enjoyed a successful professional outcome.
Lt. Col. Kenny retired in 2009 and spent his remaining days in the company of his wife of over 50 years, Virginia, in Charlottesville, with whom he enjoyed many fine Italian dinners, traveling to their vacation home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, viewing Red Sox games, and visits with and to his children and grandchildren.
Lt. Col. Kenny is survived by his wife Virginia, his two sons Daniel, of Seoul, South Korea, and Peter, of Plano, Texas and four grandchildren. He was particularly proud that both sons followed in his footsteps and became attorneys.
In addition, Lt. Col. Kenny is survived by one sister, Mary Calvin, of Washington, DC and one brother, Robert Kenny, of Madison, Wisconsin.
A wake in memoriam of Lt. Col. Kenny will be held at the funeral home of Hill & Wood, 201 North 1st Street in Charlottesville on Thursday April 10, 2014 between the hours of 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM. A mass of Christian burial will be held at the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drivein Charlottesville at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 11, 2014, with a one hour visitation period prior to the mass.