Biography: On Friday, January 26, 1968 in New York City, Nathan Bernard Kennedy, made his grand entrance to the world as the proud son of Nathaniel R. Kennedy and Quinnie L. Kennedy. Affectionately known as “Boobie,” Nathan attended New York City Public Schools: PS 113 Elementary School, Wadleigh Middle School and Martin Luther King Jr. High School. As a youth, he served on the youth choir at First Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
While attending school, Nathan made lifelong friends, like Marlon Green, who became his best friend/brother. The bond between these two was often described as “two peas in a pod.” As an adolescent, he could often be found playing basketball, stick ball or “snapping” with his friends. As an adult, he took pleasure in traveling with many of those same friends. From annual ski trips throughout the country to the Caribana Festival in Toronto, Nathan made wonderful memories with his friends who remember him as “easily the funniest guy most of our friends have ever met.” Blessed with an amazing sense of humor and the gift to make others laugh, Nathan’s jokes would linger, making people laugh at any given time, whether he was still standing in front of you or a few weeks later.
“A sharp dresser with an infectious smile and contagious laughter that would light up any room,” is how his sister, Andrea, describes her brother, Nathan, noting that he owned over 400 pairs of tennis shoes, with specific socks to match each pair and he hated wearing the same thing twice. Close cousins and other family members could count on him to be the, comedian, nonjudgmental soul and great listener.
Born into a musically inclined family, music naturally flowed in Nathan’s genes. He was especially inspired by his father who was the lead singer and drummer of a Rhythm and Blues band called The New Thing in the 70’s. But Nathan was more drawn to the production side of music, so he studied Audio Production at the Institute of Audio Research and used his gifts to help up and coming artists. To him, music would be the “way out.” Although he sometimes became frustrated with the process, Nathan never gave up on his dreams, establishing a small production company with his cousin, Jamal called Related By Blood and record label called City Gin with his friend, Darone Green, Jr. While chasing his dreams, he continued to work and support himself as he was employed by Columbia University, Bowen and later, the Department of Environmental Protection for the City of New York.
Nathan’s life changed in September of 2004, when Lucia Martinez gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Kayla Lateice Kennedy. Having a daughter matured him in ways that no one expected. Little Miss Kayla had stolen his heart and Nathan was truly proud to be a dad.
He quietly and peacefully transitioned from this life early on Monday, March 25, 2019. Very much a futuristic thinker, Nathan was very hopeful and optimistic about the things to come for himself, his family and all those he loved. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Lillian Wilson and Ida Kennedy.
The life of Nathan Kennedy will forever be cherished by his daughter; Kayla Lateice Kennedy, mother, Quinnie L. Floyd, (both of New York, NY); father, Nathaniel R. Kennedy (of Poconos, PA); sister, Andrea M. Floyd (of New York, NY); sister and brother-in-law, Natalie (Ernest) Jones (of Manchester, Connecticut) of ; three nieces, Ariana, Autumn and Ava Jones (of Manchester, Connecticut); and a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues.