November 13, 1935 – May 26, 2017
Father Ray Kenny died on May 26, 2017 at the Los Gatos Meadows after living with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy for the last several years.
A retired priest and pastor in the Catholic Diocese of San Jose, Ray was the son of Bartholomew Leo and Helen Freethy Kenny. Raised in San Francisco and Oakland, he graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes School in Oakland, Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco. and the University of San Francisco before entering Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. He was ordained a priest on March 30, 1963.
Father Kenny served at the following parishes: Saint Sebastian in Kentfield, Saint John Vianney in San Jose, Saint Martin of Tours in San Jose, Saint Martin in Sunnyvale, Immaculate Heart of Mary Belmont and Saint Justin in Santa Clara. In 1981, he was appointed as Pastor of Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish in San Jose; from 1990 until 2002, he was Pastor of Santa Teresa Parish in San Jose. After a sabbatical he returned to serve at Saint Martin of Tours, from which he retired in 2006.
Known for his warmth, integrity, compassion, care and respect for people, gentle presence, collaboration with colleagues, love of nature and hiking, jazz, travel, Native American Culture, art, and basketball, he was a “people’s priest.”
Preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Patricia Kenny, SNJM, and brother, Bertram Kenny, he is survived by his niece Patricia Fabian (Manuel) of Fresno, generations of grand nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and countless friends. He will be deeply missed by all.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on June 5 at Saint Martin of Tours Parish.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95030 or Catholic Charities, 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134.
Special gratitude to the staff of the Los Gatos Meadows for their compassionate care for Ray the last several years.