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Obituary for John H. Kenenski

John Henry Kenenski, 71, passed away peacefully on September 16th, 2023 with his family by his side. He was born in Lakeville MA to Henry and Wanda Kenenski, later moving to Burrillville, RI. He graduated with a B.S. in Agronomy from URI.

A long-time resident of Westerly, John was employed as the Superintendent of River Bend Cemetery on Beach Street for over 25 years. He was respected by all who worked with him, caring, and compassionate to those he served.

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Anne Ruggieri, and brother Daniel E. Kenenski. He is survived by his beloved children, Maria C. Mason of Westerly, Daniel J. Kenenski of Pawtucket, and Jonathan H. Kenenski of Westerly; as well as his sisters, Dorothy Glista of Plymouth, CT and Irene Huber of Pelham, MA. John was grandfather to 4 wonderful grandchildren, Owen, Tanner, Kai, and Gideon Mason of Westerly, to whom he loved sending gifts. John lived with his former wife Donna Degroff, and their children for many years along the Pawcatuck River. There they shared countless gatherings with family and friends over all the wonderful seafood that he loved to catch and prepare.
John was a master fisherman, he always had a passion for being on the water, and shared his knowledge and experience with anyone he could. He was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and shared many great memories of games at Fenway Park. He loved Jesus, spending hours daily immersed in the Bible, and sending his favorite verses to his loved ones.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21st from 4-7pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Church, 44 Elm Street, Westerly at 12 noon on Friday, Sept. 22nd. There is no procession from the funeral home to church. Burial will follow at River Bend Cemetery, Westerly. For online condolences please visit