Fonds 0280 - Bob Kennedy fonds

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Bob Kennedy fonds

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CA GPR 0280

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  • 1928-2005 (Creation)
    Kennedy, Bob

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6.5 cm of textual records

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([ca. 1921]-2006)

Biographical history

Bob Kennedy was born on a farm in the Lake Saskatoon area and went to Hermit Lake School. In 1940, he joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and served overseas for over five years in Sicily, Italy and Holland. In his section of 13 men, he was one of three who survived the war. On May 7, 1945, he was one of the first soldiers to venture into Amsterdam after the surrender and be overwhelmed by hysterical crowds who considered the troops heros. Bob joined the Legion in 1941 while still serving in the war and later became involved in Legion affairs wherever he and his wife, Vera, lived: first in High Prairie, then Peace River, then Grande Prairie. The Legion became their life. As Bob became involved, Vera took on many leadership duties in the Ladies Auxiliary to the Legion. They regularly attended provincial conventions; In 1989, Bob received the highest honor from the Legion - the Legion Meritorious Service Medal. Bob and Vera had three children: Patricia, Douglas and Donald. Bob passed away on December 13, 2006.

Custodial history

These records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Bob Kennedy in 2005 and Vera Kennedy in 2007.

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The fonds consists of records documenting the history of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54, including a scrapbook of newsclippings and photographs of veterans, a leadership manual, programs from conventions and other events, the proposed by-laws for Branch #54, certificate of title for the Legion Campsite, materials used for interviews and Remembrance Day presentations, and a copy of the Grande Prairie Regional College's Student Awards booklet, 1992-93; Ladies Auxiliary publications, "Diamond Jublilee Convention" and "50 Golden Years", and a history of the Alberta-Northwest Territories Command Ladies' Auxiliaries; and some WWII publications and personal memories: a copy of a letter from Bob Kennedy to his mother, Mrs. Alex Craig, from Sicily in 1944, a Program Commemoration of Liberation, 1945, an order of Service and Thanksgiving conducted at Laren 1945, a copy of a German propaganda leaflet, 2 booklets "The Common-Sense of Re-Establishment" and "D-Day", a newspaper "Operation Overload", and a newsclipping "Germany Quits".

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These records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Bob Kennedy in 2005 and Vera Kennedy in 2007.


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Accession numbers: 2005.060; 2007.40

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South Peace Regional Archives

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  • English

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