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Neil Patrick Kennedy

August 12, 1963 ~ July 18, 2021 (age 57)


Neil Patrick Kennedy passed away surrounded by his family on July 18, 2021 after a heroic 33 year battle with Brain Cancer.

He is survived by the two loves of his life, his twin daughters, Kamryn and Kayla Kennedy. Mother Josephine, father Paul (Diana), sister Norine Nickason (Greg), and brothers John (Suzette) and Dougie. Nieces and nephews, Kelly Power (EJ), Ryan Nickason, Colin Nickason, Megan Vanino (Brad), Marisa Kennedy, Brayden Kennedy and Liana Kennedy.

Neil was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He worked for Coopers & Lybrand and Bank of America. He loved motorcycles, especially his Can-Am Spyder, he was an avid drummer, bodybuilder, lover of RUSH and Metallica, sweet tea and Chick-fil-A. Neil was a doting father whose hobby was knowing his daughters exact location at all times, thanks to the Find My Friend’s app. Special thanks to Neil’s ex-wife Michele and her husband Terry Franke for their unending support, selfless care and love for Neil, especially as caregivers as his journey came to an end.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the wonderful staff at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis for their care of Neil, the staff are angels on earth and he could not have been in better hands. No calling hours or funeral at Neil’s request. There will be a celebration of life at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Neil’s name to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (Angels Among Us). Checks may be made out to Tisch Brain Tumor Center-Angels, mailed to: DUMC Box 3624 Durham, NC 27710 or donation can be made online at


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