by ROCHELLE METCALFE on July 17, 2013

BELOVED WILLIE B. KENNEDY, former San Francisco Supervisor, was laid to rest last Friday, after a momentous Homegoing Service at her church of many years, Jones Memorial United Methodist, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Fillmore Western Addition; Pastor Staci Current officiated. Kennedy passed June 28. During her 89 years, The lady lived an illustrious life!

Earlier this year, Kennedy was there to support Supervisor London Breed (D-5), at her swearing-in, proud of both she and Supervisor Malia Cohen (D-10), and CA Attorney General Kamala Harris, as you see captured in photo. The ladies were there at the church to celebrate her life. Regrettably, missed the service . Thank you Jackie Wright, of Wright Enterprises-Community Spotlight, for sharing your beautiful coverage!

Mrs. Kennedy was a fine woman of distinction, caring, passionate about all she endeavored to make a difference – a better life for many. kennedy served as San Francisco supervisor from 1981 to 1996. Years after leaving office, she continued to serve her community; especially the last bastion for Black folks – Bayview Hunters Point. She served on several community boards, one, Chair of Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Inc.

Cathy Davis, Executive Director , sadden by the loss of Mrs. Kennedy, shared in a statement “We will truly miss Mrs. Kennedy as chair of our board and as a dedicated champion for seniors and children. She was looking forward to filling the dream of our late Executive Director Dr. George Davis to build senior housing and a new senior center in Bayview Hunters Point. Her legacy will live with so many of us who learned from her what it means to build and support community.”

Kennedy inspired many of us, a role model for young aspiring women, and to people like myself. I admired her greatly – for her spunk, energy, always committed. When she spoke, her deep rich voice resonated a preacher’s rhythm. At 89 she was going strong. Born November 5, 1923, plans were already in motion to celebrate her 90th.

According to Dr, Toye Moses, the executive director of San Francisco’s Southeast Community Facility Commission, Kennedy held the post of president of the commission, which provides economic and other support to the Bayview Hunters Point and nearby neighborhoods. Moses has had a long professional friendship with Kennedy.

Some years ago, Kennedy started the W. B. Kennedy and Associates Consulting Company where she operated the site office for the Hunters Point Shipyard Redevelopment Project. Two days before she passed, community folks gathered on June 26, that included Dr. Moses, Kennedy was able to turn the first shovel of dirt at the long awaited groundbreaking.

My acquaintance to the lady date back before she was elected supervisor, married to the late San Francisco Superior Court Judge Joseph G. Kennedy, a sharp, dignified gentleman, and a time when she was a member of the elegant 13 Charms Social and Civic Club; often teased, then, she had a coke bottle figure!

Mrs. Willie B. Kennedy lived a purpose-driven life – a job well done!


The night of July 13, 2013, was a lucky night for San Francisco GIANTS 2-time Cy Young Winner, Tim Lincecum, who pitched his FIRST CAREER NO-HITTER, 148 pitches against the San Diego Padres on their turf – 9-0! CONGRATULATIONS!

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