Thirty years later, it’s still not easy for Elizabeth Kennedy knowing that her son is gone.
Her son David Michael Kennedy Jr. died in January 1992 at 19 years old. He was a student at what was then Penn State-Fogelsville and died in a car crash during bad weather. Kennedy, of South Whitehall Township, said the holidays and birthdays are especially hard without David.
“My husband, our family and I, we talk about him and say ‘Oh, if he was here, he would be doing this’ or ‘if he were here, you’d be saying this.’ Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up — those are really two tough days for us,” Kennedy said.
She said it’s also hard being without her nephew, Jonathan Kennedy, who died in 2015, and her brother-in-law, Greg Kennedy, who died in 2019. Jonathan Kennedy died at 26 after being hit by a drunken driver while spending Memorial Day weekend with his girlfriend. She said Jonathan was an electrician and played Santa Claus at Christmas. Greg Kennedy, Jonathan’s father, died at 69 from lung cancer. Both father and son were very involved in their church, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Pen Argyl.