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Mayor Sarno Issues Statement on the Passing of Retired Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy

Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “First of all, my sympathy, thoughts, prayers and encouragement to Kevin’s wife Debbie, family and friends.  I was very saddened to hear about my friend and retired Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy’s passing – ‘he fought a valiant fight’.  His wisdom, advice and counsel was invaluable to me.  I asked him to come aboard during a very critical and pivotal time in our city’s history – the aftermath of the devasting EF3 tornado of June 1st 2011 to help me carry out my vision of rebuilding our city; bigger, better, and stronger.  He did just that and there was no better ‘nuts and bolts’ guy when it came to not only driving an agenda, but most important, getting the job/project done.  From major economic development projects from Union Station, MGM, Big Y warehouse expansion into Springfield to neighborhood projects, he was by my side.  One thing I really appreciated was his dry sense of humor that would keep me grounded when I became ‘impatient’ with a situation.  Kevin your up in heaven now creating more economic development projects and coaching a hoop game or two.  May God rest your soul my friend.”