07/18/13 - posted by Frank Dunnigan
The Chronicle just reported the passing of Willie B. Kennedy, 89, long-time SF Supervisor and former resident of the Western Neighborhoods when she and her husband, the late Judge Joseph Kennedy lived on Miraloma Drive in the 1960s and 1970s:


Known as “Willie B” to family and friends, she and I worked together in retail for many years. She was one of those tall, elegant salesladies working in “Better Dresses” back in the 1960s before becoming the floor manager in the early 1970s. She left that position in 1976 in order to become more involved in City politics, and in 1981, she was named to the Board of Supervisors where she served for nearly 15 years. Term limits forced her retirement from the Board, but she continued serving the community as a member of the BART Board of Directors and other civic groups.

There was a spectacular going-away party for her at Gino’s in the Financial District the week of the Bicentennial in 1976. Stories, singing, and good cheer went on until the early morning hours, with Willie B. herself leading all of us in the singing of every American patriotic song that anyone ever knew. Those of us who had to work the next day certainly remember the fun and frolic.

Rest in peace, Willie B—you were one of a kind!
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