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Retired from GM in Linden, he enjoyed classic cars and golf, Martin F. Kennedy (known to all as "Marty") of Linden, NJ, passed away at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway after complications from COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020. He was 76 years of age. Marty was born in Elizabeth, NJ, the son of Martin T. and Lucille (nee Werner) Kennedy, both of Scranton, PA. Marty attended St. John the Apostle School in Clark and graduated from Linden High School in 1961. He attended Union County Vo-Tech in Scotch Plains where he trained to become a skilled tradesman.
Marty worked as a Machinist for Hyatt Roller Bearing in Clark, NJ, for many years. He resided in Clark for 20 years where he raised his family with his former wife, Joanne (nee Cardillo). After leaving Clark in 1997 he moved back to Linden. The last twenty years of his career he worked for General Motors at their plant in Linden before retiring in 2006. Marty was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending summer vacations in Harvey Cedars, NJ, with his family.

Marty loved to travel to new places and spent a lot of time golfing in Myrtle Beach, SC, with friends. Marty was a classic car enthusiast and over the years enjoyed driving and showing his cars, including a 1958 Chevy Bel Air. Marty was a well-known fixture at car shows and cruise nights. It was hard to go anywhere in NJ without running into someone who knew Marty. He was a proud and active member of the UAW Local 595, attending monthly meetings and organizing luncheons with his lifelong work friends until recently. He was the loving father of Lori Koslovski (Jim) of Pittstown and Loveladies, NJ, and Janet McLiverty (Matt) of Rumson, NJ. He was the cherished grandfather of Griffin McLiverty. Marty is also survived by his long-time companion, Elaine Oakes, and many close cousins and dear friends. The family requests prayers currently. Thompson Memorial Home of Red Bank, NJ, has been entrusted with the private arrangements. A Memorial Service will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marty's name to help support the front lines of COVID-19 in your community. The family would like to also thank the doctors, nurses and staff in the CCU at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rahway, for taking care of Marty during his illness when they could not be with him.






Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740