Edward Kennedy 1932 – 2009

August 26, 2009 | By Jennifer Newman | Archive, News

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Massachusetts Senator and brother of JFK, Edward Kennedy, succumbed to his battle with brain cancer late Tuesday night at his family home.

Family Statement

“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.”

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    Personally, I hope and trust that the Senator’s seat is filled by a person who shares his views as closely as possible. “Good American Values” are what drove the senator all of his life, besmudged as it may have been from time to time with the human failings we all share. I am proud to have voted for Senator Kennedy and I hope to cast a vote for as good a man in the future….