- Massachusetts Probation Service
Media Contact for Chief Probation Officers Association and Dorchester Municipal First Justice Honor Memory of Dorchester Chief Deirdre Kennedy
Coria Holland, Communications Director
Dorchester, MA — Photo: Left to right: Patricia Kennedy, Kathleen Collins, Christopher Kennedy, Geraldine Kennedy, Judge James Coffey, Maura Messenger, Kara DiSandro
Members of the Massachusetts Chief Probation Officers Association (CPOA) honored the memory of Dorchester Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer Deirdre “Dee” Kennedy in a special tribute and plaque presentation to members of her family at the association’s annual Spring Conference held recently at the Endicott Estate in Dedham. More than 70 of the 101 Probation Chiefs attended.
Kennedy passed away on March 17 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Her relatives—Patricia Kennedy, Kathleen Collins, Christopher Kennedy, Geraldine Kennedy, Maura Messenger, and Kara DiSandro accepted the wooden plaque with the inscribed words, “In Honor and in Grateful Recognition of CPO Dee Kennedy’s kindness, friendship and selfless dedication to the Dorchester Municipal Court and the Community.“ Dorchester Municipal First Justice James Coffey took part in the tribute on May 9th.
A group of chiefs—Mark Prisco of Norfolk Juvenile, Michelle Williams of Charlestown Municipal, Sandra McNabb of Westborough District, John Turner of Boston Municipal-Central, and Matthew McDonough of East Boston District—formed a committee to decide how they would honor their friend and colleague and decided to get a plaque that could be hung up in Dorchester Municipal Court .
Left to right: Matthew McDonough, East Boston Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer (CPO); Sandra McNabb, Westborough District Court Chief Probation Officer; John Turner, Boston Municipal Court - Central Division Chief Probation Officer; Dorchester Municipal Court First Justice James Coffey; Charlestown Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer Michelle Williams; and Norfolk Juvenile Chief Probation Officer Mark Prisco.
“When she passed, there was a mobilization of chiefs to do something for Dee. She was truly dedicated and set the bar high as a chief. Everyone knew how she worked to 10 at night. We decided to get a plaque that could be hung up in the courthouse in the community she dedicated her life to so that when people come into the court and walk by the plaque everyday, they will remember her and all the good things she did. It will be there for eternity,” Prisco said.