Chris Kennelly Obituary, Death – On the 30th of December in 2021, Christopher (Chris) Michael Kennelly, who was 85 years old, passed away while he was sleeping in peace. Chris Kennelly was born on the 27th of December in the year 1936 in the city of Salford, which is located within the metropolitan area of Manchester, England. His parents were Bartholomew (Barkley) Kennelly and Alicia McKnight Kennelly. After receiving his diploma from All Souls Catholic School in 1952, Chris enlisted in the British Merchant Navy and started a career in seafaring, an association with which he maintained throughout his whole working life. Chris was associated with the maritime industry until the end of his working life. During the time that he was serving in active service, the Admiralty requested that he report for duty during the “Suez Crisis” of 1956. In the same year, he had his first encounter with Clare Sumner, whom he would later marry on October 3rd, 1959. Together, they would go on to have three children: John, Ann, and Michael.
Following his discharge from the Merchant Marines, Chris pursued education and eventually acquired a degree in Chartered Ship Brokering. This led to the beginning of a career at Sievewright Bacon, where he worked within the Manchester Ship Canal and Docks. After that, he joined Tenneco Oil Company, and on August 30, 1975, the company transported him and his family to Houston, Texas. Chris had a long and fruitful career as the Marine Transportation Manager at Tenneco, where he achieved a lot of success. After the sale of Tenneco, Chris went back to his roots in the shipping agency business. He worked as a senior manager for companies including Southern Steamship, Gulf Harbor, and OBC; he was also a founding partner of Riomar; and lastly, he retired from K3 Maritime.
Chris was a long-time member of the parish at both the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Houston and the Saint Ignatius of Layola Catholic Church in same city. In addition to that, he attained the rank of Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. Chris was a big fan of reading about history because he was a voracious reader. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing video games and traveling to his son John’s farm in the countryside to lend a hand. Chris’s family, friends, and coworkers all attest to the fact that he was a remarkable story teller. His tales covered his many years of working in the shipping industry as well as life in general. Chris’s family was his top priority, and he treasured the time he got to spend with them. He was a family man through and through.