On Monday, April 15, 2019, Timothy Patrick Kenny, age 78, lost his courageous 2 ½ year battle with cancer surrounded by family in his Tampa home. Timothy was born on January 22, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio to Paul and Thelma (Mapstone) Kenny.
Tim moved to Columbus at the age of 2 and graduated from Saint Charles High School. He attended Marquette University and finished his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University before going back to Marquette University’s College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree. Tim spent the first 20 years of his law career practicing with firms in both Cleveland and Columbus before moving to Florida.
In 1986, Tim joined the Jack Nicklaus Companies as General Counsel. From 1990 until he retired in 2011, Tim directed the sales efforts on a global basis for Nicklaus Design, the privately held golf course design firm of Jack Nicklaus and the Nicklaus family. He thrived in that demanding role, logging more than 300,000 miles every year, and visiting 106 countries during that time. Most importantly, he considered the countless friendships across all cultures and borders that he earned over the course of his twenty-five years with Nicklaus, the highlight of his professional career.
He was called Tim most of his life but his favorite names were “Dad” to his five children and “Papa” to his 17 grandchildren.
Tim is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Susan G. Kenny. Between them, they had seven children, six of whom he is survived by: daughter Katie Kenny Scanlan (Rob); sons John Kenny (Stacey), Mike Kenny (Suzanne) and Kevin Kenny (Mary); step-son Justin Mee and step-daughter Jessica Mee Barrett (Alan). He is also survived by his sister Pam Kenny Granger (Bob). He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Heather Kenny and his daughter Cheryl Bartels-Poore.
Tim is further survived by his 17 grandchildren: Cheryl’s children – Max Bartels, Jake, Nick and Zak Poore; Katie’s children – Sarah Kate and Megan Scanlan; John’s children – Carsyn and Parker Kenny, Mike’s children – Jackie, Patrick, Anne Marie, Craig and Brien Kenny; Kevin’s children – Lauren, Sean and Colin Kenny; and Justin’s child – Olivia Mee. Tim is also survived by countless other relatives and friends including the mother of his five children, Christine Winkel Coffey.
The family will celebrate his life on Friday, May 10, 2019 at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Rd., Lutz, FL, beginning with a funeral mass at 12 pm followed by a lunch buffet at 1 pm in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society or Lifepath Hospice.