Sen. Edward Kennedy 1932-2009
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08/25/09 | The Women's Conference | 6 Comments

Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Statement from The Kennedy Family:

"Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him."


Statement from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger:

"Maria and I are immensely saddened by the passing of Uncle Teddy. He was known to the world as the Lion of the Senate, a champion of social justice, and a political icon. Most importantly, he was the rock of our family: a loving husband, father, brother and uncle. He was a man of great faith and character. Teddy inspired our country through his dedication to health care reform, his commitment to social justice, and his devotion to a life of public service.I have personally benefitted and grown from his experience and advice, and I know countless others have as well. Teddy taught us all that public service isn't a hobby or even an occupation, but a way of life and his legacy will live on."


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  • My family, as well as the entire nation mourns for your loss. I hope you and the entire family feel our prayers and that it brings some comfort to you.

    Posted by asiansingles, 4 September 2009.

  • My heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved uncle...beloved uncle to millions of us that fancied ourselves a part of your family because you made us all feel we actually were a part of it for all these years...

    The world is a better place because of Teddy Kennedy. Godspeed!

    Posted by Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, 30 August 2009.

  • My family, as well as the entire nation mourns for your loss. I hope you and the entire family feel our prayers and that it brings some comfort to you.

    Ted has consistently stood up for the little guy/gal. He will always be fondly remembered.

    Posted by Gabriela, 27 August 2009.

  • Maria,

    My siblings, Rita, Christina, Teddy, and I--and our families--mourn with you. Your uncle was in many ways, the patriarch to all of us in this country. He used his prodigious skills to effectively co-author more than 2500 bills in the Senate. This is a legacy unmatched by any other lawmaker in the history of the United States. I feel like I have lost a very close relative. To lose both your mom and your uncle in the same month is quite devastating. You are in our prayers. The only thing I can hope is that Eunice was waiting to bring him home.

    Astrid Sheil

    Posted by Astrid Sheil, PhD, 26 August 2009.

  • Maria,
    Deepest condolences to you and your family. Remember that you have the support of all 14,000 of us! We are all with you.

    Posted by lisajanco, 26 August 2009.

  • I can only imagine the football game going on up in heaven today. My heartfelt condolences to your family.

    Posted by Jill Clark, 26 August 2009.