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Newark: Funeral of popular former teacher and sportsman James 'Jimmy' Kennedy takes place on Friday, March 19

The funeral of a popular former teacher and sportsman takes place tomorrow (Friday).

James (Jimmy) Kennedy died on March 8, aged 80.

He had suffered two months of illness and was in a respite home at the time of his death. His family were preparing to take him home to care for him.

James 'Jimmy' Kennedy as he will be remembered by many in his teaching days.
James 'Jimmy' Kennedy as he will be remembered by many in his teaching days.

Originally from Airdrie, Scotland, he moved to Newark with his family in 1970 after 12 years in the RAF and a final posting at RAF Syerston.

He lived on Quibell Road for 48 years, before moving to Chesterfield in 2018 to be closer to his family.

He was well thought of as a PE and maths teacher at Sconce Hills School, where he taught for more than 20 years from the early Seventies until 1995.

After retiring, he had a number of roles at the Conservative Club.

He was a keen sportsman, and played football, rugby, cricket and snooker for Newark teams.

Jimmy also coached youth teams, and played a role in inviting big-name snooker players to play against Newark’s best, including Dennis Taylor.

His daughters said: “The kind words and fond memories of dad from his former pupils and neighbours and the local dog-walking community have been a source of great comfort at this sad time.

“We are devastated about our dad’s death, but so grateful for his life.”

He is survived by his wife Betty and his three daughters, Karen, Helen and Fiona, and two grandchildren.

A private cremation will take place tomorrow at 4pm.

The cremation will be webcast. Friends wanting to view it should email info@bhattersley.co.uk

Donations can be made to Alzheimers’ Research UK at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jimmy-kennedy1940-2021, chosen for its research into the link between sports and dementia.

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