Coronado great grandmother, businesswoman and artist, Eileen Kennedy, 95, passed away peacefully, July 15, 2020.
She was born in Martinez, California, May 11, 1925, to John and Mary Kelleher. In Oakland she attended Holy Name High School and Preparatory Academy, majoring in art. During World War II she trained at St. Joseph’s Hospital Nursing School in San Francisco.
On Nov. 5, 1944, she wed Thomas Kennedy of Martinez. The couple were married for 64 years until Tom’s death in 2008.
During the war Tom attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and served in the Atlantic and Pacific. With the onset of the Korean conflict, he started his reserve Naval duty. After Tom deployed from the port of San Diego on several military tours, he and Eileen decided to make Coronado their permanent home in 1951. In 1966 Tom returned to civilian life, and the couple soon established Christmas 1888 gift and art stores in Coronado Village, the Hotel Del Coronado and at two locations in San Diego. Leaving retail in 1990 they traveled extensively, and Eileen devoted more time to painting iconic landscapes of the Coronado that she loved.
Eileen is survived by five children: Tom (Susan), Coronado; Jack (Susie), Gig Harbor, Washington; Tim (Barbara), Arlington, Virginia; Kathleen Fischer (Daniel), Barcelona; and Gerald (Celeste), Coronado. Eileen is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
The family wishes to especially thank Suzanne Micheli of Coronado for her many years of friendship and support to Eileen.
Services are pending resolution of the covid crisis. Donations in Eileen’s name can be sent to Sacred Heart Church of Coronado or the American Cancer Society, San Diego chapter.