Enjoyed boating, golfing, Celtics and Red Sox
MELROSE — Phillip J. Kenney, a beloved husband, father, friend and larger-than-life personality, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 8 at his home. He was 58.
He was born on April 5, 1965, in Winchester, one of three children of the late Walter J. and Nancy (Phillips) Kenney, Jr. Phil grew up in Lexington and enjoyed spending summers with his family in Ossipee, NH.
Phil attended Lexington schools, graduating from Lexington Christian Academy. He excelled both academically and athletically and his passion for basketball was clear to all who had the pleasure of watching him on the court. He continued to nurture his sportsmanship throughout his life, enjoying skiing, boating, golf in his later years and cheering on his favorite teams, the Celtics and Red Sox. A fervent fan, he was often the loudest voice in the room during game nights, filling the space with his infectious enthusiasm.
Driven by his curiosity and love for learning, Phil pursued higher education at Merrimack College. While there he was a proud member of the NPK fraternity and to this day loved his brothers. In 1988, he proudly earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, which became the foundation for a successful career that spanned over three decades.
Phil first went to work for the family business, W. T. Kenney in Arlington and went on to work at Reflex Lighting Group for the next 25 years. His dedication and expertise were admired by colleagues and clients alike, earning him a reputation as a reliable and innovative professional.
Beyond his career accomplishments, Phil’s true joy in life came from his role as a loving father and husband. His devotion to his wife, Monique, was unwavering and their bond served as an inspiration to all who knew them. Together, they created a loving home in Melrose, where they nurtured their children and built cherished memories.
Phil had a vibrant personality and could always be counted on to bring laughter to any gathering. His generous nature and quick wit endeared him to all who crossed his path. He loved to whip up delicious meals on the grill, showcasing his culinary talents that were complemented by his love for music. Whether it was hosting family barbecues or belting out his favorite tunes, Phil’s presence was felt by everyone around him.
Family travel was equally important to Phil. He looked forward to yearly trips to North Conway and Jackson New Hampshire with extended family. Those trips involved much fun and skiing with his daughters. He also enjoyed going to Gloucester and trips with the family to Naples, FL in the winter.
As family and friends mourn the loss of a special man, we find solace in the memories we shared with Phil. His infectious laughter, his unyielding love and his zest for life will forever remain etched in our hearts.
Phil was the beloved husband of Monique J. (Arnold) Kenney with whom he shared 28 years of marriage. Devoted father of Caitlin M. and Elizabeth J. Kenney, both of Melrose. Loving brother of the late Emily Maleyeff and her surviving husband John of Jamaica Plain; the late Steven Kenney; brother-in-law of Brian Arnold and his wife Kae of Bangkok Thailand; Sean Arnold and his wife Poppy of London, England; and Keith Arnold and his wife Jeanne of Bethesda, MD. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, his dog Bailey who he adored and his late cat Samantha who was deeply missed.
Relatives and friends will gather in honor of Phil’s life for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, September 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St. Wakefield for his funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Phil’s memory may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130 or the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online tribute, please visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.