Dr. Patrick Nylan Kenny was born on the 18th of April, 1919 in Chatham. His parents were Martin George Kenny and the former Marie Blanche Bechard. His father was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada with his parents and siblings in 1878. His mother was born in Pain Court. Dr. Kenny was the youngest of 5 children; Joseph was born and died in 1903, Anna was born in 1905, Hector was born and died in 1907 at the age of 7 months of whooping cough, and Adrian was born in 1914. His parents were the innkeepers at the Aberdeen Hotel in Chatham. Both of his parents died in 1927; his mother on the 27th of February and his father on the 8th of October. Dr. Kenny’s paternal grandmother’s maiden name, was Nylan.
He was educated at St. Joseph’s and Blessed Sacrament Schools in Chatham. Dr. Kenny attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario. He graduated M.D. in July of 1943.
Dr. Kenny married Mary Leona Faubert on the 26th of July, 1943 at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham. She was born on the 29th of December, 1918 in Pain Court, the eldest daughter of Ovilla Joseph David Faubert and the former Catherine Theresa Flanagan. Her parents were farmers and she had a younger sister named Mildred. After a honeymoon in Grand 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 beginning in 1946. His office was located at 274 King Street West.
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. Mrs. Kenny devoted her time to volunteering at St. Paul’s Hospital and the Catholic Women’s League.
In his spare time, Dr. Kenny enjoyed playing 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. They are both buried at the Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery and Mausoleum in Surrey, (Greater Vancouver), British Columbia.