Lawrence (Larry) Charles KENNEY Former President of the Washington State Labor Council, passed away peacefully on May 13 surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.
He was born May 15, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to Bernard Joseph Heavey and Anna Bella Kenny Heavey. Sometime after the death of his mother, the family relocated in 1943 to the Northwest, where Larry graduated from Bremerton High School in 1947. After serving in the military, he and his wife Bette settled in San Francisco, where they had two sons and Larry worked for the San Francisco Chronicle. During this time, he became an activist in the International Typographical Union. In 1962, Larry moved his family to Seattle, where his daughter Karen was born. He worked for The Seattle Times and Seattle Post Intelligencer. While at the P.I., Larry attended the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. He became a certified Public Accountant in 1968. He also pursued his studies in Economics.
Larry worked for 24 years at the Washington State Labor Council, the state’s largest labor federation. He first joined the Council as its Research Director in 1969. He was elected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer from 1980 – 1986, at which time he was elected President, a position he held until 1993. In 1977, Larry married Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney and took great pride in serving as her supporter and mentor through her eight terms in the Washington House of Representatives, 46th District. They were happily married and best friends for nearly 37 years. Where you saw one, you saw the other.
Throughout his life, Larry was involved in many civic activities, serving on the executive Board of Energy Northwest, the Council of Economic Advisors, the Governor’s Commission on Accountability and Efficiency in State Government, the Alliance for Washington, King County Appeals and Equalization Board, Board of Directors of the Northwest Center Industries, and many other boards, commissions and civic organizations. He was appointed by Governor Lowry to the Washington State Tax Appeals Board in 1993 and served until 1998. Larry will be long remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, companion and friend. He is survived by his wife Phyllis, his brother Edward Heavey, his son Brian Kenney, daughter Karen Brooks; eight step-children, including Rosemary Shannah, Greg Maltos, Elizabeth Maltos, Gabriel Maltos, Barbara Pisca, Rebecca Maltos-Carl, Jonathan Maltos, Nathan Maltos; and 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, son David, and brothers, James Heavey, Fran Heavey, Bernard Heavey, Jr., and sister, Anabel Bentson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 2 p.m., at the Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N. E., Seattle, Washington, 98115.
It is requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Larry’s name to the Northwest Center Industries, P.O. Box 80827, Seattle, Washington 98108-2730, or the Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Scholarship Fund at North Seattle Community College, for immigrant and low-income students, c/o AnneZacovic@SeattleColleges.edu.
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