William Payne Kennard, a summer resident of Hedges Lane in Amagansett for 46 years, died of kidney failure on Nov. 18 in Columbus, Ohio. He was 94.
“My father and mother summered in Amagansett from 1954 to 2000, living in the cottage my grandparents, Edgar and Marjorie Bedell, built on Hedges Lane,” Mr. Kennard’s daughter, Barbara Millican of Quincy, Mass., said. “It was one of the first summer cottages built on Hedges Lane.”
Mr. Kennard was born on June 13, 1919, in Brooklyn to William Cortis Kennard and the former Grace Payne. He grew up in Montclair, N.J. After graduating from Yale University in 1941, he taught in the R.O.T.C. program there until being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He was later promoted to captain in the artillery and served in Europe from 1944 until the conclusion of World War II.
In 1945, he was given permission to return stateside for four days to marry his fiancée, Carolyn Bedell, whom he had met in high school. They quickly planned a wedding for Aug. 10. “The morning of the wedding, he got a telegram from his commanding officer saying that after he got married he would have to report to the Pacific theater and fight,” his daughter said. “But the Japanese surrendered, so he didn’t go — it was a nice wedding gift.” Mrs. Kennard died in 2007.
Mr. Kennard continued to serve in the Army through the Korean War. He did not often talk of his service, his daughter said, but “it certainly shaped him. He was very proud to have served and will receive military honors when his ashes are interred in the spring or summer.”
After the war, he served as the chief executive officer of Stewart and Sparry, a textile company founded by a friend of his father, from 1948 to 1984.
He was president of the Montclair Yale Bowl, the Yale Club of Montclair’s annual program honoring distinguished alumni from New Jersey and around the world, from 1963 to 1968.
Mr. Kennard loved sailing, woodworking, and tennis. He braved the Colorado River, whitewater rafting at the age of 89, his daughter said. He also performed community service for Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross, as well as organizations in Amagansett including the hamlet’s Village Improvement Society, library, fire department, and St. Thomas’s Chapel, where he was a member. He was also a member of St. Mark’s Church in Columbus.
“Although my dad had not been to Amagansett since 2000, he spent much of his adult life there,” his daughter said. “He loved Amagansett and knew many of the year-round and summer residents there.”
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Kennard is survived by his son, Douglas Kennard of Mount Vernon, Ohio, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild. A brother, Frank L. Kennard of Columbus, also survives.
A memorial service was held on Nov. 22 in Columbus, and his ashes will be interred in the family plot at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Newark, N.J.
Mr. Kennard’s family has suggested memorial contributions to the William J. Schmidt Scholarship Fund, which enables children to attend Camp Dudley in Westport, N.Y., at campdudley.org, or St. Thomas’s Chapel, P.O. Box 103, Amagansett 11930.