HENNESSY, Peter Harrison - Peter Harrison Hennessy was born in Dungannon Township, Hastings County, Ontario, October 1, 1927. He died peacefully at The Rosewood Retirement Home in Kingston, Ontario, on February 4, 2015, of complications from prostate cancer. Peter was predeceased by his parents, George Clayton Hennessy and Mabel (Weese) Hennessy, by his much-beloved wife Marion (McVeigh) Hennessy, by daughter Anne Lorraine Hennessy, by his stepmother Hazel (Smith) Hennessy and by siblings: Nelson, Gwendolyn, Wilson and Dean and by half-brothers Garrison, Dawson and half-sister Sheran. He is survived by half-brother Bob and half-sister Teresa (Maxted) and by two daughters: Mary Kathryn (Oliver Probert), and Audrey Jane (Thom Case) and by four grandchildren: David Hennessy, Elisabeth and Gareth Probert, and Jesse Case. Peter attended rural schools in North Hastings and graduated, 1944, from the Campbellford High School. In 1948, he graduated with honours from Queen's University (History and Political Economy) followed by attendance at the Ontario College of Education (1948-49). He taught history at Petrolia District High School (1949-53) and the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute (1953-63) of which he was Principal (1962-68). In 1958-59, he and his family lived in England where he completed the requirements for the Diploma in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. In 1968, he was one of the original appointments to the Faculty of Education at Queen's University until his retirement in 1984. Professor Hennessy wrote many articles and books including Schools in Jeopardy, Collective Bargaining in Education, Toronto, 1979; The Hennessys of the Bay of Quinte, 1991 ; Canada's Big House, the Dark History of the Kingston Penitentiary, Toronto 1999 ; Brother Bill and the Vets, Kingston, 2001 ; From Student to Citizen, Toronto, 2006 (re-titled Democracy in Peril), and a memoir Escaping North Hastings, 2010. He was a columnist for the Kingston Whig Standard (1987-98) on themes of public education and prison reform. In 2011, he accepted an offer to blog for the Canadian Education Association. HREF=""> Peter was active in the John Howard Society and the Citizens Advisory Committee at the Kingston Penitentiary for which he was honoured with the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal in 1993. His chief published works are available on-line at HREF=""> Cremation has taken place. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bancroft. A memorial service is planned for April 3rd, announcement to follow. Arrangements by JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME , 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston, Ontario. The family would like to thank the faculty and staff at The Rosewood Retirement Home for their thoughtful and meticulous care. The family would also like to suggest that donations be made to the Canadian Red Cross in lieu of flowers.
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Condolences (7)
Posted by marc gagnon (FRIEND) On Thursday, June 11, 2015
Gratitude for Peter
Posted by Gar White (Colleague) On Thursday, April 2, 2015
I, along with my fellow teacher educators from Peterborough, were made to feel welcomed to Queen's in 1972 by Peter.(He often referred to us as the "Peterborough Petes" - an exemplar of his great sense of humour.) My wife, Sandy and I now express our gratitude for Peter's genuine giving and life well-lived. Thank you to all his family.
Loving Thoughts
Posted by Michele Maxted (Niece) On Thursday, February 12, 2015
Whether near or far, close relation or someone you see only occasionally, there is always a tug on the hearts strings, when a family member passes over. I suppose it's the golden threads of connection that hum when this occurs. Warm loving thoughts and healing white light to all who feel the loss of Uncle Peter. From our hearth to yours... Michele, Nabeel & Navar, Langley, B.C.
Saddened to lose one of Kingston Gems
Posted by Sophie Kiwala, MPP (Member of the community.) On Monday, February 9, 2015
My sincere condolences go out to Peter's family. Peter wrote many well-informed letters to the federal MP’s office over the years. His was a voice of reason, he was a passionate advocate, esp. when it came to matters regarding inmates. He was socially-conscious, respectful, highly intelligent, a gentlemen. Whether at Prison Farm events, All Candidates election debates — his comments/questions were always pointed, & free of any political agenda or ideology. Kingston will remember him fondly.

Heartfelt Sympathy
Posted by Lisa Spano (family friend) On Sunday, February 8, 2015
Dear David, Janie, Katy and family members. My heart goes out to all of you to have suffered these three deaths in just over a year. I miss Lorraine so much and I also have very fond memories of Peter and Marion, such important influences in my teenage years and young adulthood. And then during my university years, Peter was my mentor and friend while I was at teachers' college. I remember his warmth, his humour and his calm dignity, He will be greatly missed by all of us. Love,Lisa.
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