Senator Edward Moore Kennedy

Real Estate Agent with ERA Advantage Realty

The passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, who died of a malignant brain tumor, is a tremendous loss for our nation and the world.  Senator Edward Moore Kennedy passed away August 25, 2009 at his home in Hyannis Port Massachusetts.  Kennedy diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May 2008 after having suffered from a seizure.  Although enduring surgery and chemotherapy the medical prognosis was grim.  Typically, patients once diagnosed with this particular cancer, their life expectancy is fourteen months. 

He was the youngest of nine children, born February 22, 1932 to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Joseph P. Kennedy.  He survived the deaths of his brothers President John F. Kennedy and

his brother Senator Robert Kennedy.  After the loss of his brother Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy assumed the role of family patriarch.  He was known for his "broad shoulders", and was one family member came to for advise, guidance and comfort.  Family members referred to him as "Uncle Teddy."

 Kennedy, known as "The Lion of the Senate," due to his forty-seven years of dedication to public service as a Democratic Senator of Massachusetts.  He began his remarkable and distinguished as career being duly sworn into office November 7, 1962, and then was served another eight terms as senator.  He introduced over 300 bills that became law.  He was a staunch supporter of civil rights, labor, and health care.  He was highly respected by Republicans and Democrats in the senate.  He was known for his nonpartisan politics, his ability to negotiate, and reach across party lines to get things accomplished. 

Kennedys' passion was to ensure that everyone had affordable national health care. This stemmed because of injuries he suffered during a plane crash in June 1964.  During his long covalence in the hospital he became the "Champion of health care services."

 Kennedy endorsed President Barack Obama on January 28, 2008, considered at the time controversial.  Although, he was fighting a malignant brain tumor, many felt that he would not be able to attend and give his endorsement speech.  However, Kennedy gave a rallying speech and many attribute his endorsement to be the catalyst that assisted Barack Obama to become our president.

 It is Irish tradition not to mourn the loss but to the celebrate life.  Although I am personally saddened by the loss of this great man, I chose to celebrate his life and his numerous accomplishments.


Comments (21)

Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

I agree with Edward.

Aug 26, 2009 12:40 AM
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
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Though we may not agree with his politics, no one can question his sense of humanity.

Aug 26, 2009 01:20 AM
Edward Bachman
Your Kingwood TX Realtor

Sorry Tom, I do question totally his sense of humanity.....the only human he cared for was himself.

Aug 26, 2009 01:26 AM
Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

I really have to agree with many that have commented here before.  It was a shame what happened to Mary Jo Kopechne and if any of us common folks drove awy from that incident...we would be behind bars until this day.  I pray for his soul.

Aug 26, 2009 01:55 AM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

I believe that Laura wrote this post as a tribute to many of us who mourn the loss of Ted Kennedy. If you feel otherwise, could you please go start your own post?

Laura, thanks for the post. I wish Senator Kennedy were here to help debate the Health Care Reform package. My family will be flying our flag at half-mast today.

Aug 26, 2009 02:17 AM
Laura Higgins
ERA Advantage Realty - Sebring, FL


I did not mean to create such controversy I just simply wanted to pay tribute to a man who the nation now mourns. 

 I appreciate you sharing your kind words and flying your flag at half-mast today out of respect for Senator Kennedy.


Aug 26, 2009 05:35 AM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Laura, your intent was sincere and for that I commend you (regardless of where our personal feelings of Ted Kennedy lie).

Aug 26, 2009 11:56 AM
Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Canton, MA
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate

Laura-I agree your intent was sincere and I too commend you. As a lifelong Massachusetts citizen, I have benefited from the efforts of our Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Aug 26, 2009 12:44 PM
Nogui Aramburo
Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® - Raleigh, NC
Real Estate Professional in the Raleigh Area

I see we have a lot of disrespectful teabagger imbeciles in the audience. Your fathers would have slapped the taste of your mouths.

Laura, great post. Ted Kennedy was a great champion of equality and justice in our society. He never gave up. His legacy will live forever as someone who stood up for average hard working Americans. Rest in peace Ted, may your roar continue forver!

Aug 26, 2009 12:56 PM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Nogui - may his roar continue forever!  Indeed!

Joseph - my husband says there will be a special election? Your pick?

Aug 26, 2009 01:07 PM
Edward Bachman
Your Kingwood TX Realtor

Nogui, your colorful vocabulary is so becoming of you!  No doubt his legacy will live forever, lets see what it will be.

Aug 26, 2009 03:02 PM
Laura Higgins
ERA Advantage Realty - Sebring, FL


I thought long and hard in how to respond to some comments left regarding my post in simply wishing to pay tribute to a great statesmen and humanitarian...I hope folks will take time to read this and maybe open their hearts.



Remembered Joy

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!

I follow the plan God laid for me.

I saw his face, I heard his call,

I took his hand and left it all...

I could not stay another day,

To love, to laugh, to work or play:

Task left undone must stay that way.

And if my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss...

Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.

My life's been full, I've savored much:

Good times, good friends, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief~

Don't shorten yours with undue grief.

Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,

Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow



Aug 27, 2009 12:50 AM
Laura Higgins
ERA Advantage Realty - Sebring, FL

Thank you Lori~ I wish I could be there to honor Teddy Kennedy and his family...

Aug 27, 2009 12:53 AM
Laura Higgins
ERA Advantage Realty - Sebring, FL

Thank you Tom, for the sentiment and kind words.

Senator Kennedy was known for his non partisan approach in getting things done, and we today are

reaping from the rewards of this.  It is not a matter of what political party your belong to it is a matter of simply paying

tribute to in my opinion s great man.


Aug 27, 2009 12:56 AM
Laura Higgins
ERA Advantage Realty - Sebring, FL

Thanks Irene,

You a truly a diplomat...

Aug 27, 2009 12:57 AM
Lori Cain
Own Tulsa - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Laura, very nice poem. Ted would appreciatte the shamrock too!

Aug 27, 2009 01:06 AM
Laura Higgins
ERA Advantage Realty - Sebring, FL

Thanks Lori,

I still can't believe that he is gone...a tremendous loss for the country...

Aug 27, 2009 01:14 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Laura ~ I'm saddened but I guess not surprised by the earlier comments. It reminds of what Congress used to be - and how sad I am about what it's become.  So many great senators from both parties chose to leave the Senate early because of the new ugliness (and stupidity I might add) that had become the norm.  Kennedy chose to stay and fight on.  We won't see his like again I'm afraid. 

He was a great, great man and I can't imagine who could fill his shoes.  The coverage of his life and works and the memories of many have been just wonderful.  What a guy! I've long known of the incredible effectiveness and responsiveness of Kennedy and his office and we all know (or should) of his many, many legislative accomplishments.  But it just amazes me to hear over and over the stories of his kindness, generosity, empathy, and sense of humor.

I loved what one political analyst said - it went something like this (I'm not good with paraphrasing) - if you asked the other 99 senators to write on one side of a paper who was the most influential senator and on the other side who was the most popular - most of them would have the same name on both sides of the paper - Ted Kennedy.  He had many, many friends on both sides of the aisle and was able - in a way that is rare in this day and age - to effectively work for common goals with those from both parties.


Aug 27, 2009 01:46 AM
Laura Higgins
ERA Advantage Realty - Sebring, FL


Thank you so much for your wonderful post.  Cuddo's to you.

Aug 27, 2009 02:58 AM
Leslie Prest
Prest Realty - Payson, AZ

One thing which I respected in all of the Kennedy brothers and many of the rest of the family, is the idea of dedicating yourself to some kind of public service. One may not agree with everything they did, and they certainly weren't perfect, but they DID try to do some good in this world.

Aug 27, 2009 06:26 AM