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Christopher E. Kernan

December 17, 1950 ~ March 29, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Christopher Kernan Obituary

Christopher E. Kernan, 73, of Tampa, Florida, passed away surrounded by love on March 29, 2024. Born on December 17, 1950, in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was known for his quick wit and charming dad jokes, always accompanied by a mischievous snicker and a glimpse of his award-winning dimples.

Chris had a distinguished career, serving in the United States Air Force as Lt. Colonel for several years before transitioning to work for the Air Force as a civilian acquisitions attorney until his retirement. His dedication and commitment were evident in all his endeavors.

Outside of his professional life, Chris found great joy in his hobbies, particularly his involvement with the Knights of Columbus. He cherished the friendships he made there and took pride in serving his community through various charitable and fundraising activities. His role as the State Deputy of Florida was a crowning achievement he held dear.

Chris is survived by his sister Mary Ann, his brother Jeff, and his six children: Christopher, Matthew, and Sarah Kernan, as well as Nikki Hennagir, Renee Hollywood, and Christopher Boyd, in addition to ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Denise Boyd-Kernan.

Christopher E. Kernan will be remembered for his humor, dedication to service, and the love he shared with his family and community. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness and generosity that will be cherished by all who knew him.






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Gathering of Family and Friends
April 14, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Downing Funeral Home
1214 Wendy Court
Spring Hill, FL 34607

Memorial Mass
April 15, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Theresa Catholic Church
1107 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL 34607

Graveside Service
April 15, 2024

12:30 PM
Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, Florida 33513


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