William Kennedy (1837-1923)
The Sash Our Forefathers Wore
William Kennedy was born in Scotland in 1837. He came to Canada when he was 12 years of age, and for a number of years lived in Quebec, before moving to Port Perry in 1861.
Eight years later he moved to Uxbridge to begin a lumber business, but returned a few years later and continuously lived in Port Perry until his death. He was one of the longest residing, and deeply beloved citizens of the town.
Mr. Kennedy was connected for several years with the Sexton Milling Co. He built the first flouring mill in the town in 1878, and later became a grain buyer. His career in the grain business spanned more than 30 years, as an expert buyer and judge of grain. Throughout his life he was seen every day, faithfully at his duties on the market or in the elevator.
Mr. Kennedy was a Presbyterian in religion, and a staunch conservative in politics, and throughout his life was dedicated to his church and community. He was also an active and enthusiastic member of the Orange Order for 51 years; a member of the Board of Education for 15 years; and Chief of the Rescue Fire Company of Port Perry for 20 years, and served on the village council.
He was described as a “great souled man”, who even at a ripe age was filled with the joy of life. In 1863 Mr. Kennedy married Elizabeth McConnell, of Manchester, and the couple raised nine children.
Mr. Kennedy passed away on Monday, March 26, 1923, at the home of his son-in-law in Toronto, at 86 years of age. His remains arrived on Tuesday morning via GTR and were conveyed to his home. A funeral was held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church and interment took place in Pine Grove Cemetery. He was predeceased by his wife.