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Joe Kennedy Passes

Published: June 30, 2020 1:54 pm ET

Last Comment: July 1, 2020 8:23 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The Maritime harness racing industry has lost a respected owner and leader with the passing of Joe Kennedy, 88, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Kennedy’s involvement in harness racing started with his family racing horses on the ice in Guysborough and Antigonish and at the tracks in Port Hood and Inverness. Joe was a longtime industry leader and volunteer, a member of Standardbred Canada, and served as president of the Harness Horse Owners Association of Halifax, president of the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association, director of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission and various industry committees. His greatest moment in harness racing would be breeding and co-owning the multiple Maritime Champion colt Firms Phantom.

A graveside service will be held in the St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Guysborough on Friday, July 3 at 1:30 p.m. with Father Callistus Abazie officiating, arrangement under the direction of the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough. A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Ann’s Church or a charity of your choice.

The complete obituary for Kennedy and words of comfort for the family may be accessed here.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Joe Kennedy.

July 1, 2020 - 8:23 amMy condolences to the Kennedy

My condolences to the Kennedy family. RIP Joe.

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