Percy Lhee Kennedy Jr., a 35-year veteran of the Falmouth Police Department, died at home on Tuesday, November 19. He was 69.

He was born in Jackson, Tennessee, the son of Mary (Murray) and Percy Kennedy. He was a direct descendant of Alexander Murray Palmer Haley, the author of “Roots.”

A child of a military family, Mr. Kennedy lived in Japan until the age of 6. His family moved to Cape Cod when the US Air Force transferred his father to Otis Air Force Base. He attended grammar school in Mashpee and was a 1968 graduate of Lawrence High School. He went on to graduate from Cape Cod Community College with an associate’s degree in the arts. He then attended Salem State College, where he received a bachelor of science degree in business education. He also obtained his pilot’s license in his younger years.

Mr. Kennedy worked as a substitute teacher in the Boston public school system and, on the Cape, at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Mid-Cape Home Centers. For many years, he was also a volunteer with the AARP Tax-Aide program for the senior community in Falmouth. His passion to learn led him to pursue and obtain his master’s degree in criminal justice in 2018.

After serving on the Falmouth Police Department for 35 years, he retired as a sergeant in 2012 after his father’s death so that he could care for his mother.

He was a member of the Massachusetts chapter of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

He leaves his wife, Roberta (Roderick) Kennedy; a stepson, Gregory C. Roderick and his partner, Christy Allee; four grandchildren, Brianna Roderick, Dayonna Roderick, Isabella Roderick and Jayden Allee, all of Falmouth; and other family.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Michael Kennedy.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, November 26, from 4 to 8 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.

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