PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jacob “Buddy” Kenner, 69, of Providence died on Feb. 20 surrounded by family and friends.
Known by many as founder and longtime owner of 3 Steeple Street Restaurant, Buddy was also a dedicated and respected teacher of theater and English at Nathanael Greene Middle School, the Rhode Island School of Design and Bryant University.
An avid enthusiast and supporter of theater, music and the arts, Buddy was an athlete, reader and chicken wing eater. He was the wild-haired dude running the streets of his beloved East Side and found joy operating the scoreboard at Brown home football games. His infectious spirit and deep love for community has always been a source of inspiration to all.
Loved by his wife and soulmate Maureen Farrell Kenner; his sons, Jesse and wife Ashley, Aaron and wife Rebecca, and Daniel Kenner. Buddy experienced great pride in his grandchildren Julia, Isaac, Judah, Clara, Ruby and Alice. He was a loyal son to Harold Kenner and Roselyn Slovin, brother to Martin and wife Liz, Alan and wife Laney, and Brian Kenner. Buddy was a devoted son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.
Donations in his memory can be made to George Washington University Theatre Department, 800 21st NW, #227, Washington DC 20052 or Inspiring Minds, 763 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903.