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DR. CHARLES PAUL KENNY (published on January 31, 2009)



DR. CHARLES PAUL KENNY July 28, 1937 - December 24, 2008 After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Dr. Charles Paul Kenny passed away peacefully at the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 24, 2008 with family at his side. He was predeceased by his father Charles Brian Kenny. Left to cherish his memory are his mother Phyllis; sisters, Patricia (Albert) Bradburn, Marilyn (David) Parr; brother Jim (Dorothy) Kenny; brother-in-law Bill Bird; sister-in-law Suzanne Mancer; nieces, Debbie (Harold) Tolton, Gillian and Jennifer Kenny; nephews, Bill (Kathy) Bird, David (Sherry) Bird and Jim (Karen) Bird and many great-nieces and nephews. Also survived by cousins, Don Mutchmore, Brian (Nancy) Kenny, Sharon (Tom) Trosky and Elaine McCrimmon and his good friend Barry Anderson who were a strong and dedicated support for him throughout his life and during his illness. A special thanks to David and Jim Bird for their care and help to Paul during the past few years. Sincere thanks to his most excellent physician Dr. Mare, the staff at CancerCentre MB, especially Dr. Jinka Sathya and Dr. Andrew W. Maksymiuk and their teams; the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority home care team and the Riverview Health Centre, particularly Mary Ashcroft and her team as well as Dr. Edward St. Godard. Paul completed his Sr. Matriculation at West Kildonan Collegiate in Winnipeg, MB receiving the Seven Oaks Bursary and the Gunn Scholarship in Chemistry as well as the Governor General's Medal. While obtaining his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy and Microbiology at the University of Manitoba, Paul received credit for discovering a major breakthrough in cancer research by successfully growing cancer cells in a medium that scientists knew the exact composition of, giving insite into what cancer cells need to grow. After graduation he worked as a research scientist with the Dept. of National Health Welfare, Canadian Communicable Disease Center, Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, Ontario. During his tenure he worked in various positions, including consulting for the National Research Council-Biology Division, Bacterial Vaccines and the Department of National Defence, CFB Cornwalis, Nova Scotia. He assisted with research on whooping cough and the pneumococcal vaccine (being in charge of regulating this vaccine). He gave invitational presentations about the research in St. Louis, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto and Montreal. Paul's most honoured accomplishment was being on the team of researchers that developed the vaccine for the prevention of Group C Neisseria Meningitis. He was awarded a co-patent for the original vaccine by the Canada Patent Office. He was a member of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, the Canadian Society for Immunology, the Canadian Assoc. for the Advancement of Health Sciences, the Ottawa Biological Biochemical Society and was the representative for the executive for the Canadian Communicable Disease Centre and a member of the Canadian Society for Microbiologists, Ottawa Valley. Paul was a humble, brilliant man who had a great love for his family and was an ongoing support to those dear to him, especially his Mother. Paul had many outstanding accomplishments including a great love of the piano and pipe organ which he played at churches in Ottawa when called upon. He will be greatly missed. There will be a celebration of Paul's life at a later date in 2009. Anyone interested in the time and place should contact Jim Kenny at either 250-979-2022, email jimkenny@shaw.ca or mail at #4-3389 Casorso Road, Kelowna, BC, V1W 3J5. Paul will be interned at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4000 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB.


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