Robert Daniel Kennedy

March 23, 1962 - June 11, 2017

Robert Daniel Kennedy, 55, of Geneva passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, at his home.  He was born March 23, 1962 in Fresno, CA the son of James and Catherine (Garner) Kennedy.  He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Sexton June 9, 1990, in Collingswood, NJ.

He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth; three daughters Kathleen, Mary, and Sarah; his father James (Linda) Kennedy, his mother Catherine Thurman; and a sister Shannon (Ken) Kennedy Paton. 

Visitation will be held 12:00 noon until 1:30 P.M. Friday, June 16, 2017 at Moss Family Funeral Homes 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.  Following the visitation, the funeral will process to Holy Cross Catholic Church 2300 Main Street to celebrate Mass at 2:00 P.M.  A private interment will be held at a later date in San Diego, CA. 

Memorial contributions in Robert’s memory may be directed to a charity which Robert was very passionate towards the SPLC, The Southern Poverty Law Center,

Guest Book

  • Kurt Riesselmann I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
  • Kevin True I got to know Rob during my 3 years at Fermilab. He was dedicated to the success of everything and everyone he worked with. Sincere condolences and prayers for Eternal Life for Rob and healing prayers for his immediate and work family.
  • Tom Junk I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies for you and your family.
  • Perry Chang I'm so sorry to hear this. You all have always been so friendly and hospitable after Robert and I reconnected after decades. Ironically, I was trying to figure out a way to connect in August. Such a smart, funny in sort of a mischievous way guy . . .
  • Bill Tanenbaum Liz, I am shocked and deeply saddened by Rob's sudden passing. My heart goes out to you, your family, and to all of Rob's friends and coworkers.
  • Robert Harris Liz, my deepest condolences on this shocking loss for you and your family. It was always a pleasure to work with Rob, and an honor to have known him.
  • Bob Mawhinney I am profoundly saddened to hear of Rob's passing. I had worked with him on the USQCD project for a number of years and was impressed by his professionalism, kindness and humanity. He was a terrific colleague. My heartfelt condolences to his family, who are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
  • Pete Jovanovic I am so very sorry to hear about Rob's passing, I worked with him often at the start of my time here at Fermilab. He was always kind to me and would assist even if he was very busy with other work. I am thankful I was able to know him and will not forget him. My deepest sympathies go out to his family.
  • Randolph J. Herber My deepest condolences your family. I have many fond memories of working with you and your family. Even the occasional, brief babysitting of your infant daughters in their car seat when Liz needed to go to a meeting.
  • Lita Scott My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time of bereavement.
  • Stefan Soldner-Rembold Dear Liz, my condolences to your loss. Rob's sudden death comes as a shock; just last week we had reminisced about the E665 days at Fermilab. My thoughts are with you and your family.
  • Michelle Stancari Liz, my deepest sympathies to you and your girls. You are in our prayers.
  • Andreas Kronfeld Liz, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Like you, Rob was always a pleasure to work with. It is all such a shock.
  • Alexandr Zaytsev Although I only had a pleasure of knowing Rob for a few months since I joined the USCQD project earlier this year, I've been admiring Rob's professionalism and dedication to his work since the very beginning. The news came as a shock to me and all my colleagues at BNL. My sincerest condolences to his family. He will be missed.
  • Barbara Bruggemann Liz, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls during these extremely difficult times. May he Rest In Peace. God Bless. Barbara
  • Tim Doody Liz and family, My condolences on your loss. Having worked with Rob for a number of years, I can tell you he will be missed by me and the whole Fermilab community. I will remember Rob as a great guy who always was willing to help anyone in the group and his dry sense of humor. he will be missed.
  • Stefano Belforte I was shocked by the news. For little that my words of sorrow and encouragement may be worth, here they are. Be strong.
  • Chander Sehgal Liz, my deepest condolences on your loss. I worked with Rob for many years and he was a wonderful person; he was always busy but never too busy to take time to help me and others. And I was always in awe at how calm he was when things seemed so hectic to me. He will be missed.
  • Tony Wong Liz, I have known Rob and you since my days as part of CDF at Fermilab in the mid-90's. Last year I had the privilege of again working with Rob on a new project. Rob was a skilled and well-organized physicist and manager, and he will be sorely missed. I'm so sorry about your (and our) loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters.
  • Frank Quarant I had the pleasure of working with Rob on the USQCD project for a few years and will never forget his professionalism and passion for his work. He was a great guy and clearly a great husband and father. He will be sorely missed. My sincerest condolences to his loved ones.
  • Kerstin Kleese van Dam Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Robert was a special person and highly valued colleague who will be sorely missed by all both professionally and personally.
  • rocio Gervasio and myself are very very sorry for your lost. We do not have words to tell just our condelences
  • James Bellinger I am sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
  • Gene Oleynik Liz, My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I will always remember Rob as a great person to work with - he was bright, had a good sense of humor, and always had a positive attitude (even when the going was tough). Rob always had patience when it was needed. He will be missed.
  • Lauri Loebel Carpenter I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.
  • Nancy Sexton Lauer & Family Liz, We are so sorry to hear of Rob's passing. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Nancy
  • Glenn Cooper Rob was one of the first people I met when I came to Fermilab, and he helped to welcome me to CDF and to the lab. Over the years since, I've always enjoyed working with him or just talking. I appreciated his patience (everything takes longer in a large organization), his sense of humor, and his insights into what was most important in each situation. We'll miss him.
  • Diane Sexton My heartfelt condolences to you and the girls during this time of sorrow. I know that Rob was well loved and respected. He had great character and a big heart! You're in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Kimberly Myles Rory and I offer our thoughts and prayers to Liz and her lovely daughters. There are no words to express how very sorry we are for your loss. I am still processing losing both a friend and professional mentor. Rob's sense of humor, professionalism and positivity were greatly appreciated during challenging projects but his deep knowledge, intellect and keen problem solving ability were invaluable. I am thankful to have had the privilege of working with him.
  • Bill & Robin Boroski Words cannot express the sadness in our hearts. Rob had a profound impact on so many lives and made significant contributions to the advancement of science. He was a very special person and will be dearly missed. We are so sorry for your loss and pray you find comfort in your faith, the strength of each other, and the love and support of your friends. Our prayers are with you.
  • Mike Walker & Family We're very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
  • Dario Menasce My thought goes first to Elizabeth, for the tragic loss of her husband. It also goes to the daughters, which I have never met, for having lost their beloved father. It also goes to the parents of Rob: it is unnatural and unjust for parents to see their son pass away. My deepest condolences to all of you.