Earlier this year, Saint Benedict Academy was pleased to announce that it was the recipient of a generous bequest from the Estate of the late Francis J. Kearns. This week, as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, we’d like to share more about the life of this generous gentleman and long-time supporter of Saint Benedict Academy.
Francis J. Kearns was born in the midst of World War I on July 10, 1916 here in Manchester. After graduating from Manchester High School West in 1935, Mr. Kearns went on to serve in the United States Navy throughout World War II.
Following his service to our country, Mr. Kearns worked as an engineer for Boeing Air Company. He specialized in ground support equipment.
Upon moving back to Manchester in the mid-1980s, Mr. Kearns was actively involved in the Catholic life of the City. He served as a communicant of Saint Patrick Church and as an usher at Saint Joseph Cathedral. He was a Third Degree Member and Treasure of Council 5260 of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Kearns was also involved at Saint Benedict Academy as a Godparent. Over the years, Mr. Kearns donated thousands of dollars to the Financial Assistance Program.
Mr. Kearns passed away on June 4, 2013.
Mr. Kearn’s left a generous bequest of $120,000 to Saint Benedict Academy to make an impactful change as the school prepares itself and its students for continued growth. While much of Mr. Kearns’ bequest will be put into our Capital Improvement Reserve Fund for future use, a portion will be used this summer to make several capital improvements to campus. These 2014 summer projects include: renovating the Title I/Aftercare Room to house our new Pre-School Program; renovations to and a reconfiguration of our administrative offices suite; and new privacy blinds throughout the campus.