William "Billy" Kenneally

  • Born: November 19, 1934
  • Died: April 15, 2021
  • Location: Bronx, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Billy will be remembered as a fearless, energetic and selfless gentleman.

William "Billy" Kenneally of Woodlawn, New York, formerly of Glenlara, Co Cork passed away on April 15th 2021. He was 86 years old. Born in Co. Cork to Nicholas and Dora Kenneally, Billy was one of 15 children. He was raised on the family farm in Glenlara where he worked long days as a child. Billy followed his older siblings to the United States to work on ranches in Oregon. After four years of sheep herding, trailing cattle and riding in rodeos, Billy was drafted into the United States Army and spent the next two years stationed in France. On his discharge from active duty Billy returned to Oregon for two more years. In 1961 Billy travelled to New York to visit family. Upon arriving he discovered Gaelic Park and the great job opportunities NY had to offer so Billy decided to make the Bronx, NY his home. After he was captain of the Cork Junior Hurling Team he remained active on the field at Gaelic Park, even as a linesman into his 80's.

Billy met Marna at a dance in 1968. Being the Gentleman he was, Billy offered to drive Marna and her friends home from the dance that night and as they say, the rest is history. In February 1969, Billy & Marna were married at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Billy worked in Local 18A for many years and subsequently joined the Paperhandlers & Straightners until his retirement from the New York Times in 2000.

In 1976, Billy moved his family to Woodlawn to be the super at 278 E 239 St where he remained until his retirement this past November.

While there Billy was also well known as the local exterminator, handyman, but more importantly a great neighbor & 2nd Dad to many young immigrants.

Billy was a member of St Barnabas Church and a 50 plus year member of the County Cork B. P. & P. Association. Every year Billy proudly marched up 5th Avenue with the Cork association on St Patricks Day.

Billy will be remembered as a fearless, energetic and selfless gentleman. He had a large extended group of friends he considered family. He attended many weddings & functions where he was a constant fixture on the dance floor. He loved to help people; whether it was finding a job or an apartment, Billy always came through. But most of all Billy will be remembered as a family man. A man who adored his wife, children and grandchildren who were all with him in his final days.

Billy is survived by his wife Marna, His children: Tara Mulligan and Alma (Tony) Certa. He will be missed by his grandchildren Ronan and Shannon Certa, his siblings Dave, Frank and Kathleen, His many nephews, nieces and cousins. Billy is predeceased by his son-in-law Tom Mulligan and his brothers, Dan, Paddy, Jimmy, Jack, Ted, William, Nicky, Brendan and his sisters Imelda Hayden, Dora Quirke and Mary. Billy will be missed by everyone who knew him.

A celebration of Billy's life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham New York on Wednesday April 21st from 4-8PM and Thursday April 22nd from 2-6P. A mass of Christian Burial will take place at St Barnabas Church located at 4343 Martha Avenue, Bronx, New York on Friday April 23rd at 10:45 AM. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. The funeral will be live streamed via Facebook - St. Barnabas Church (Bronx, NY). For more information or to leave a condolence please visit www.pelhamfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations Billy's name can be made to www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org

To be able to view the Live Stream on Thursday the link is https://my.gather.app/remember/william-kenneally


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear Billy has passed away. He was a great friend . Condolences to all his family at this sad time. May he Rest in Peace.
David Tarrant Derrinagree Co.Cork.

Posted by David Tarrant - Co. Cork - Friend   May 09, 2021

Another friendly smile gone from Woodlawn. May you Rest In Peace Billy. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thinking of you all - Frank and Jane Brouder and all the Brouder Family

Posted by Frank Brouder - Yonkers, NY - Neighbor   May 01, 2021

Marna, Tara, Alma and all the extended Kenneally family; our condolences to you on the death of our dear friend Billy. Every year when we visited Woodlawn, we had a big extended breakfast with Billy, the Kielys & Denis O'Connor in Eileen's next to The Heritage on McLean Avenue. He was a great man and we will miss him. We saw the streamed Mass in St Barna as' Church; what a beautiful & fitting Ceremony.
May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Paddy & Marie O'Leary - Kiskeam Co Cork, Ireland - Friend   April 28, 2021

Dear Marna, Tara, Alma and family,
So sorry to hear of Billy's passing. Such a lovely, positive and loyal friend. Sending you all much love and comfort. Will be in touch. Mary Singleton & family

Posted by Mary Singleton - Newton, MA - Friend   April 28, 2021

Condolences from the Singleton Family of San Francisco.

Posted by John Singleton - San Francisco, CA - Friend   April 27, 2021

My deepest condolences to your family. Billy was a good man, and always willing to help all he came in contact with. He will be missed.

Posted by Josephine M Bastone    April 27, 2021

Although it is with great sadness that I write this tribute for a dear friend. There is a tremendous amount of gratitude and appreciation that comes with it. In 1969, Billy helped me to get my first job in construction and he also bought me my first cup of coffee in the US. For that I am forever grateful. We kept in touch through the years and had many a good laugh. Billy will be remembered fondly and will be forever a dear friend and gentleman. May he RIP always. With deepest sympathy to his loving family.

Posted by Neily and Margaret O'Connor - Nanuet, NY - Friend   April 25, 2021

A lovely happy soul, a life well lived and a better brother-in-law one couldn't have wished for. Rest in peace Billy. Fran in Ennis.

Posted by Fran Feighery - Ennis - Family   April 25, 2021


Posted by peggy and connie buckley - yonkers ny 10705, NY - Friend   April 24, 2021

We will always remember Billy as a man of great character; kind, generous, and an outstanding neighbor who took such pride in his work at VanCortland Arms. Much love & peace to you Marna, Tara and Alma.

Posted by Jim & Christina Boyle - Mount Vernon, NY - Family Friend   April 23, 2021

To Marna, Tara & Alma - sending deepest sympathies to you and all the family. We had the pleasure of meeting Billy here in Old Conna many years ago. May his noble soul rest in peace - Teresa & Joe

Posted by Teresa O'Grady-Peyton - Neighbor   April 23, 2021

Marna, Tara and Alma..so sorry to hear of Billy's passing, sincere sympathies. He was so kind and helpful when I lived on 239th st in 1997 as you all were. May he rest in peace. RIP

Posted by Una McGoey - Carlingford - Family   April 23, 2021

My Condolences to Marna, Tara, Alma, Billy's Grandchildren, TJ and the entire Kenneally Family. Billy was one of my favorite people and will always be remembered. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Sending continued prayers to all of you.

Posted by Tricia Riebesehl - NY   April 23, 2021

Dear Marna, Alma and Tara,
Our deepest sympathies to you all.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rest in peace uncle Billy.
- The Quirke Boys - Nephews , San Mateo, CA, Apr 23,2021

Posted by William Quirke - San Mateo, CA - Family   April 23, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the family. Mr Kenneally will be quite fondly remembered and missed by all his neighbors and friends in Woodlawn. His energy and his work ethic were amazing. --Regards, The Sukupa Family

Posted by Elizabeth Sukupa - Bronx, NY - Neighbor   April 23, 2021

Very sorry to hear of Billies death. I met Billy whenever I visited Denny John in NY. We had great chats about Cork hurling and Marathon chats when we talked about his family and his travels in Oregon. I live in the Portland area and was an active hiker in some of places he knew and loved. He was more than a friend to Denny John and I called him a lot when I needed to know how Denny John was doing while suffering from his own illness. Last time I saw Billy was when I was in NY for his funeral. Like Denny John we thought he would live forever but no, he has gone to join his pals in the Cork sections where I know he will still be the nice fellow we all knew. Deepest Sympathy especially to his wife and family and to his legion of friends who knew him better than I.

Posted by Seamus Daly - Cloyne Co Cork, WA - Friend   April 23, 2021

My deepest condolences to Marna, Alma & Tara. Billy was a gentleman!and He was very sincere and always obliging. He was a great Cork man. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Bernie Lehane - Yonkers, NY   April 23, 2021

So sorry to hear of Billy's passing he was a neighbour in Newmarket and a friend in New York, we attended Billy and Marnas wedding in 1969 and they attended ours in 1970, always a smile and helping hand for others. Condolences to Marina, Tara Alma and all the Keneally family. RIP Billy

Posted by Betty MurphyGarvey - Roscommon Ireland - Friend   April 22, 2021

Sincere sympathy to Marna and family on Billy's death R.I.P. Danny will miss him as he kept him in touch with the Gaelic games and news of Woodlawn. Danny & Joan Finnegan

Posted by & MRS FINNEGAN - New Port Richey, FL - Friend   April 22, 2021

So grateful to have fit into Billy's life story as a young Irish immigrant that he took in along with our wonderful cousin Marna. What a wonderful life he lived - it was never going to be long enough.
Sincere sympathy to Marna Tara Alma Tony Ronan and Shannon. To TJ,Frank, Rosaleem, Erin and Carrie - I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Gemma, Trevor, Cayla, Odhrán & Lochlann Fletcher - Family   April 22, 2021

Rest in peace,Dear Billy. We will miss your big smile that always greeted us no matter where we met over the years. Condolences to Marna, Tara and Alma. Love, Mary, Kathleen and Brendan Bergin xoxo

Posted by Kathleen (Bergin) Stivaletti - Bronx, NY - Friend   April 22, 2021

Sincere sympathies to all the Kenneally families on the passing of Billy. A thorough gentleman. He will be remembered forever by all in Gaelic Park. A true gael.Never forgot where he came from. May he rest in peace. 7rs6a

Posted by Tadhg Lovett Lovett - Cork, CO - Friend   April 22, 2021

Lovely Man Condolences, R.I.P. Billy

Posted by William Lane - Quincy, MA - Acquaintance   April 22, 2021

Condolences to the Kenneally family on the death of Billy. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Finbarr & Carmel Walsh - Glenlara   April 22, 2021

Deepest Sympathy to Billy's Family on the passing of a true gentleman. May Billy rest in Peace.

Posted by John Murphy - Newmarket, Ireland - Friend   April 22, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Billy's entire family,Gaelic Park will never be the same.We met dear Billy almost every Sunday from Easter on & really enjoyed his company.May his gentle soul rest in peace.Denny&Jo Fahey.

Posted by Denis Fahey - bronxville, NY - Friend   April 21, 2021

My deepest condolences to Marna, Alma, Tara and all other family and friends. Sending lots of love your way from Melbourne, Australia. Billy was an incredibly wonderful, caring person. He and Marna showed me much kindness and generosity during my 2015 stay with them in New York. Billy went out of his way to show me around, take me to his favourite local spots and make my first experiences seeing snow very memorable. I'll never forget being taken up to the rooftop of his apartment building to look down on the beautifully white surrounding neighbourhood. Billy had a soul like no other and will always be remembered very fondly by all who had the pleasure of crossing his path. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Aoife Doyle - Melbourne - Family   April 21, 2021

Tim (the Mailman) Roff After reading the obituary, there's not much more to say. What a Wonderful life he had. Every day when I delivered his mail he would greet me with a smile. He always spoke of his children. I'm sure he will be remembered for 100 years

Posted by TIM ROFF - DELRAY BEACH, FL - Friend   April 21, 2021

Dear Marna, Tara and Alma. So sorry to hear of Billy's passing. I only met Billy a few times but I remember his kind nature and his gentle ways. I have very fond memories of visiting your home in 2014 when a group of friends were visiting New York. You very kindly invited us for dinner. We had a most fabulous evening. What a lovely memory to have. May Billy's gentle soul rest forever peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Nora Kaye - Tullamore, VA - Acquaintance   April 21, 2021

Dear Marna, Alma and Tara,
Our deepest sympathies to you on the sad passing of Billy. A very special man - we will never forget the kindness and generosity shown to us by Billy and you Marna on both our visits to NY and the Bronx. He will be fondly remembered always. You will be in our thoughts and prayers on Friday.
Rest in peace Billy.

Posted by Dorothy & Margaret Quinlan - Kilfeacle, Tipperary, Irelan   April 21, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Marna and family. I have fond memories of Billie when he lived in Lakeview and lived with us for about two years. A great friend to all !

Posted by Ann Murphy - Lakeview, OR - Friend   April 21, 2021

To Marna and family. We are thinking of you all at this sad time.

Posted by Marion Doyle - Kilcormac - Friend   April 21, 2021

Our deepest sympathies from Lakeview Oregon!! Billy was my godfather whom I met as a baby and met once while at the airport when I was enroute to Ireland to see my relations, as a child! I remember him being really funny and so kind!. May he Rest In Peace and I'm sure my Dad - Dave Murphy was at the gates of Heaven to meet him along with all the others there before him!!

Posted by Marie Murphy Tucker - Lakeview, OR - Friend   April 21, 2021

To Marna, Tara, Alma. Deepest sympathies on the sad passing of Billy. He was so good to me when I stayed with Jim Aspell during summer 1984 as a student. May he rest in peace

Posted by Padraig (Paudie) Burke - Cork - Family   April 21, 2021

Marna very sorry to hear of Billy's sad passing. Deepest sympathy to yourself and family at this sad time.

Posted by Josephine and Felim Finnegan - Glasson   April 21, 2021

sincere condolences to the kenneally family on the passing of billy may he rest in peace from john scully and sheila mc carthy . newmarket connty cork .

Posted by john scully - ireland - Friend   April 21, 2021

U.Billy, you were simply the best & you will be dearly missed. Proud to have had you as my uncle. Lots of Love Gwen
Love from Mick, Conor, Cian & Katie too ❤

Posted by Gwen Mulrooney-Lynch - Dublin - Ireland - Family   April 21, 2021

Billy was such a gentleman always a kind word and a great story of his life . Thanks to billy always for entertaining my sons and looking after them many times when they visited Thomas .. very proud of his 2 beautiful daughters Tara and Alma .
Sending Marna , Tara and Alma our deepest sympathy . With deepest love . You are in my prayers xxx

Posted by Rosaleen , Teresa and Sean Mulligan - Ireland - Family   April 21, 2021

Dear Marna, Tara & Alma, so sorry to hear this news, our thoughts are with you during this time, offering you sincere sympathies, Margaret Ruttledge & Sean Doyle & family

Posted by Margaret Ruttledge - (Kilcormac) - Family Friend   April 20, 2021

So sorry to hear of Billy's sad passing RIP.
Sincere condolences to Marna, Tara, Alma and extended family.
Kay & Liam Tullamore

Posted by Kay & Liam Kirley - Ireland - Family Friend   April 20, 2021

Deepest condolences to Marna and family Billy was a pure gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Tim and Nuala Hourigan - Newmarket Ireland - Friend   April 20, 2021

Deepest sympathy to Marna and Kenneally family on Billy's death.We always remember the kindness Billy showed to us when we visited Una and baby Cian back in 1997.
Rest in peace Billy.
Ciaran ,Mary Mc Goey. Carlingford Co Louth Ireland

Posted by CiaranMcGoey McGoey - Carlingford - Friend   April 20, 2021


Posted by Gerald Mchugh - New York, NY - Coworker   April 20, 2021

Dear Marna, Alma, Tara and family:
Heartfelt condolences. So many wonderful memories of our times with Billy and the family in Westhampton. We will miss him and have the confidence that we will be with him again one day. Meantime we will keep him and you in our prayers.

Posted by Rich and Lee Tinneny - Columbia, SC - Friend   April 19, 2021

Dearest darling Billy, gone but not forgotten....we all loved you dearly and you will be greatly missed..we can't be there in person but know that we are thinking of you Marna, Tara, Alma, Tony, Shannon and Ronan, much love, Noreen Kenneally Doyle, Liam and family

Posted by Noreen Kenneally Doyle - Australia - Family   April 19, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Marna and all the family on the sad occasion of Billy's passing.

Irene and Jimmy Doran, Canada.

Posted by Irene & James Doran - London ON (Kilcormac) - Family Friend   April 19, 2021

Sincere condolences to you all at this sad time.

Posted by Eamon Doyle - Tuam, NY - Friend   April 19, 2021

Celebrate a life well lived , leaving a legacy of love and warm memories . Rest easy , Uncle Billy .

Posted by Denis , Mary , Michael and Kate Kenneally - Glenlara - Family   April 19, 2021

A genuine gentle man in every sense of the word. He helped me find my current apartment when I had reached the end of my rope -- and it wasn't even in his building. I will never forget him around the neighborhood. My sympathies to his family and friends.

Posted by Bonnie-Ann Black - Bronx, NY - Friend   April 19, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Marna and family on the death of Billy. Billy and Marna gave me the trip of a lifetime a few years ago with my great friend and Billy's cousin Ruth Kelleher! Their hospitality knew no bounds. Billy's fantastic story telling and Marna's amazing cooking meant that it was a five star holiday! His stories about sheep herding out west were hilarious abd all true. I never forget the day we spent in Gaelic park watching all the matches and talking about cork GAA! The kindness he showed to his community and especially the young arrivals from Ireland was plain to see. I am so sorry that I will not have the opportunity to enjoy your stories again! What a special and lovely man ! May he rest in peace.

Posted by Catherine Cashin - Friend   April 19, 2021

Sincere condolences to Marna, Tara, Alma, Tony and family on the passing of Billy. He will always be remembered fondly in Glenlara and Newmarket. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Dorothy, Jim, Nicholas & Catherine Barrett - Family   April 19, 2021

May Billy rest in peace..sincerest condolences to all Billy's family and friends

Posted by Brenda and Andy Hourigan - Family Friend   April 19, 2021

Dear Marna, Alma and Tara and extended family. Both Helen and I wish to send our sincere sympathy to you all on the sad passing of Billy.
What a gentleman we may have only met him briefly but his kindness and generosity left a lasting impact. The way both Billy and you Marna shared your home with so many people will never be forgotten.
May he rest in peace and we will be thinking of you all on Wednesday
Love always
John and Helen Quinn
Clarina, Co. Limerick Ireland

Posted by John Quinn - New York, NY - Friend   April 19, 2021

Sending our deepest sympathies to all of you during this very difficult time.

Posted by Anne Marie (Riordan) Nestor - New Fairfield, CT - Friend   April 19, 2021

I can't believe that Billy is now gone. He was such a vibrant and larger than life character. I was privileged to have know him. My Dad, Pat Riordan, also a fellow Irish emigrant like Billy, my brothers Kevin and Robert and I will all miss him and we pass all our Condolences to Marna, Tara, Alma and all the extended Kenneally family at this time.

Posted by Susan Riordan. - Cork Ireland - Friend   April 19, 2021

So sorry to hear of Billy's passing - he will be truly missed.

Posted by Mary Gregory - San Antonio, TX - Friend   April 19, 2021

Rest In Peace Billy. Your legacy cannot be overstated; a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle, a friend to so many over the years. Your energy and spirit graced those who came in contact with you and I am forever grateful to have known you. You always welcomed Alma's classmates from the Coast Guard Academy with open arms, feeding us, showing us the sites in the Bronx and yes sometimes putting us to work. You are loved and will be missed.

Posted by Mark Walsh - Old Lyme, CT - Family Friend   April 19, 2021

Rest easy now Mr Kenneally ...a kind man who will be greatly missed and so fondly remembered ...prayers for Mrs Keneally Tara Alma and the rest of the family
- jennifer miele , neighbor and friend

Posted by Jennifer Miele - Yonkers, NY - Neighbor   April 19, 2021

Billy,may you rest in great peace.
Warmest love & gentle peace to your family&friends.

Posted by Marguerite Quinlan - SLIGO   April 19, 2021

So sorry to hear of Billy's passing. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Peggy Glynn - Kinvara, Galway, Ireland - Friend   April 19, 2021

Goodbye my friend.Visiting N.Y.will never be the same.Billy-Marna-Tara-Alma will be in our prayers.Rest in peace Billy. Sean&Irene Walsh San Antonio Texas.

Posted by Sean &Irene Walsh - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   April 18, 2021

So sorry to hear of Billy's passing.

Posted by John O Grady - BRONX - Neighbor   April 18, 2021

Sorry to hear of Billy's death. Lived across the road from him on 239th Street for many years. He was always very helpful, kind and friendly. May he rest in Peace.

Posted by Billy and Tricia Hegarty - Kilgarvan, Co,.Kerry, Irelan - Neighbor   April 18, 2021

Deepest condolences to Marna; Tara and Alma and extended family on the loss of Billy. An amazing gentleman who was there for everyone. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace xxx

Posted by Martina Duggan - Cork - Family Friend   April 17, 2021

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