Dr. Patrick Nylan Kenny was born on the 18th of April, 1919 in Chatham, Ontario. His parents were Martin George Kenny and the former Marie Blanche Bechard. His father was born in Ireland and his mother was born in Pain Court, Ontario. Patrick was the youngest of 5 children. His parents died when he was only 8 years old.
He was educated at St. Joseph’s and Blessed Sacrament Schools in Chatham, Ontario. Dr. Kenny attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario. He graduated M.D. in July of 1943. He married Mary Leona Faubert on the 26th of July, 1943 at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham. Her parents were Ovilla Joseph David Faubert and the former Catherine Theresa Flanagan. She was born on the 29th of December, 1918 in Pain Court. After a honeymoon in Grande Bend, the couple left for Vancouver, British Columbia, where Dr. Kenny was doing his internship at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Dr. Kenny was a private in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp in World War II. He served as a Medical Officer from 1942 to 1946. After the war, Dr. Kenny had a general medical practice in Chatham, Ontario beginning in 1946.
Dr. Kenny returned to Vancouver to undertake training in anesthesiology from 1951 until 1954. By now Dr. and Mrs. Kenny had 7 children, 2 daughters and 5 sons. The family moved back to Chatham in November of 1954 and Dr. Kenny specialized in anesthesia. Dr. Kenny was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
In May of 1956, Dr. Kenny and his family moved back to Vancouver. He was on staff at St. Paul’s Hospital as an anesthesiologist.
In his spare time, Dr. Kenny enjoyed golf and tennis and he also enjoyed watching professional sports.
Dr. Kenny died in Vancouver on the 16th of March, 1993. Mrs. Kenny died in Vancouver on the 17th of March, 2010.