16300 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Phone: 313-881-8500
Fax: 313-881-7653
Bruce Kennedy

Bruce Daniel Kennedy

Thursday, July 8th, 1926 - Monday, December 31st, 2018
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Bruce was born on July 8, 1926 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The family moved to Michigan soon after where he spent his youth both in Detroit and on a family farm near Port Hope. His 50 plus years of military and civil service began in the Navy during WWII. After the war, he joined the Detroit Police Department, where over a 20 year period, he rose to the rank of Detective Inspector and held numerous positions including Commander of the Armed Robbery/ Major Theft Bureau, The Juvenile Divisions and Chief of Detectives. Bruce was selected by the FBI to attend the FBI National academy. After graduation, he served as the Detroit Police Department-FBI liaison. Bruce attended Wayne State University where he earned Bachelor & Master Degrees in Police Administration and Criminal Justice, taught night school, and co-authored a book with his son, Professor Daniel B. Kennedy.
After retiring from the Detroit Police Department, Bruce accepted the position of Chief of Police in Grosse Pointe City; after which he merged the police and fire departments becoming the Director of Public Safety and served for 25 years. He is a life member of the FBI National Academy Associates and the Wayne County Association of The Chiefs of Police.
Bruce’s love of handball started in the early 1950’s at Detroit’s Northeastern YMCA and spanned almost 70 years. His high level of athleticism, skill and passion earned him a multitude of local, state and national championship titles including the honor of being the first inductee into the Detroit Athletic Club Hall of Fame.
Bruce served as president, board member and trustee on numerous committees, organizations and boards including the Detroit Police and Fire Pension Board, The Detroit Municipal Credit Union, The Diversified Members Credit Union, The Hundred Club of Detroit, The Michigan Handball Association, The Detroit Athletic Club Black Ballers, The Michigan and International Police Chiefs Association, The Detroit Police Sergeant-Lieutenants Association.
Of all his life achievements, Bruce cherished and was most proud of his deep commitment and 67 years of marriage to his loving wife Italia, his loving family and his devoted relationships with close friends.

Loving husband of Italia (nee DiCurzio) for 67 plus years. Beloved father of Daniel Bruce (Shirley) Kennedy, Mario Bruce (Amy) Kennedy, Vita Marie (Christopher) Morse and John Francis Kennedy. Dear grandfather of Kelly Kennedy, Katie (Anthony) Bologna, Daniel Kennedy, Jonathon Morse, Christina Morse and great grandfather of 5. Brother of the late Betty Galloway, the late Mary Jane Bryant, the late Norma Decker, Patricia Hall and Jenny Siemianowski. He was also predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Ethel (nee Bruce) Kennedy.

Instate Saturday, 11:30 AM at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms until his funeral Mass at 12:00 Noon.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Hundred Club of Detroit, P.O. Box 1018, Fenton, MI 48430. The Hundred Club is a non profit organization that supports the families of fallen police and fire officers in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.
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  • First Visitation

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 | 11:30am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
    St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church
    157 Lakeshore Rd.
    Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 12:00pm
    St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church
    157 Lakeshore Rd.
    Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Thomas Slowinski


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Posted at 11:08am
The Hospice team would like to convey our sincere and heartfelt condolences at the passing of Mr Kennedy. We pray that God will give you comfort in this time of bereavement and allow the memories of his life to wash away the sadness. Minister Chris Hamilton, CNS Hospice Chaplain

Posted at 02:46pm
Our condolences to the entire Kennedy Family from your St. Matthew Parish neighbors, the Habrowski Family.

J. Fields

Posted at 08:29am
Dear family. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. What brings me comfort in times like these is the scripture found at Revelation 21: 3, 4 where God promises to do away with all sickness and death forever. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and may Jehovah, the God of all comfort, be with your family during this most difficult time in your lives.

Rick Myers

Posted at 07:16pm
Back in the 1980's, when I was a very young police chief in Wayne County, Bruce took me under his wing, was always very kind and supportive, and made me feel like an equal with the peer group of chiefs. His generosity and ability to put everyone at ease were qualities I've long tried to emulate. Although I left Michigan in 1991 as my career as a chief took me to 5 other states and I lost touch with Bruce, I will never forget the impact he had on me when I needed it most. He lived a full life, and while the family will grieve the loss of a great man, you may celebrate the gift that he was for such a long and rich life. Rick Myers, former chief of Plymouth, MI

John Kennedy

Posted at 06:26pm
Uncle Bruce, you're the best ever. Thank you for your friendship, Love, John and Kathy Kennedy and Family Irish Coffee Bar and Grill

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