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Kennedy, Irving

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rank: F/L
status: survived
airforce: RCAF
born: 1922-02-04 Cumberland Canada

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I met Dr. Kennedy (became a doctor after the war) at his book presentation and signing in the 1990s in Nepean, Ontario. I listened intently to his excerpts, and purchased a book which he then signed. I recall he served in Malta for considerable action, and, I'll locate the book and bring some detail back to this page. I believe the book is called "Black Crosses off my Wingtip" by Squadron leader I.F. Kennedy, DFC and bar. I seem to remember him indicating his book was written later in life, perhaps as a 37 year career as an MD was completing.

Died in 2011, His obituary in the Ottawa Citizen noted, “He was greatly respected by thousands of patients throughout the township for his dedication and compassion as a country doctor. Retirement allowed Hap to further enjoy that which brought him greatest pleasure: his love of nature, reading, flying his aircraft out of Rockcliffe Flying Club, and his family. He was extraordinarily diverse in his interests and skills. He was a naturalist, a gardener, a philosopher, a teacher, an author, and a poet. He sang Robbie Burns, he quoted Robert Frost, he watched hockey; he was a thinker, advisor, listener, and a provider. He was a man of integrity and honesty, a humble man who shunned attention, yet drew people to him. He was gentle yet tough as nails.”
Author of an autobiography, Black Crosses Off My Wingtips (General Store Publishing, Burnstown, 1994).

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