Margaret ‘Peg’ Hennessey
Margaret “Peg” Hennessey of Holmes Beach died Aug. 8.
Mrs. Hennessey was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. in 1928 and she moved to Philadelphia with her family at 10 years old.
She graduated from Hallahan High School.
She married Robert Hennessey. They began their family in West Philadelphia and subsequently moved to Folsom in Delaware County. In 1963, they moved to West Chester, and they retired to the Bradenton area.
She moved to Anna Maria Island in 1987, first living in Bradenton Beach. She also lived in Cortez, then the Perico Bay Club and, for the past five years, in Holmes Beach.
She was an avid reader and a passionate sports enthusiast. For more than 30 years, she could be found at the University of Pennsylvania Palestra watching Big 5 basketball games. She also attended many of her children’s activities and sporting events.
She always shared the right words of encouragement or even some sound coaching advice from the stands.
While she enjoyed many sports, baseball was always her passion. She first rooted for the Philadelphia A’s and then she supported the Phillies.
After moving to the Tampa Bay area, she took a liking to the Rays. So she was torn during the 2008 World Series.
One of her greatest memories was meeting Joe DiMaggio in center city Philadelphia when she was about 12 years old. She always had a smile on her face when she told that story.
She also loved to travel. She took a few trips to Europe, but mostly she enjoyed hopping into her little sports car and driving around the United States. She would leave Florida and often ended up in Canada. She made her last long road trip from Florida to New Jersey at 80 years old.
She was called “Mom” by more than her own children and she took quite a few young people into her care, providing them with the love and guidance they needed.
She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her sons, Mark, Neil and David; her daughter Robin Logue; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.