Sean Kenneally

  • Born: August 24, 1969
  • Died: November 3, 2021
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Michael Sean Kenneally, a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend, passed away at age 52 after a long battle with complications from COVID.

Sean was born on August 24, 1969 in Norfolk, VA to Marta Jo Kenneally Stiver and James Greg Kenneally. He grew up in Irmo, SC, with his brother and sister who were his first best friends. They were raised by one of the strongest women who instilled values, love and kindness. Sean enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad. After high school, Sean attended the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. After college he attended the police academy and began a career in law enforcement. In May of 1992, he was hired by the Mount Pleasant Police Department. He would spend the next 27 years serving and protecting the citizens of Mount Pleasant. Sean rose through the ranks and in 2012 was promoted to Captain. He served in several different Units within the department including Patrol, Special Operations, and Narcotics. He was a member of the Special Response Team (SRT) the predecessor to their current SWAT Team. He served and was a member of the Marine Unit. He finished his career leading the Field Operations Bureau as Captain and retired to pursue other interests in 2019. His colleagues describe him as an incredible leader, phenomenal story teller, an unselfish public servant, and a true brother in blue.

Sean loved his family and friends deeply and was known for his infectious smile, his sense of humor, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He was loved by all who knew him. When he wasn't working, he was on the water. His true passion was scuba diving and spearfishing. He was always up for an adventure. Being outdoors is what made him happiest. He spent time on land but lived life on the water.

Sean was preceded in death by his father, James Greg Kenneally. He is survived by his wife, Tina Brookshire Kenneally, daughter Reeves Trussell Kenneally (20), stepdaughter Julia Holland Vaughn (16), his mother Marta Jo Kenneally Stiver (Jim), sister Shannon Marie Kenneally, his brother Douglas Scott Kenneally and too many friends to name.

Please join the family for a Celebration of Life on Monday, November 15, 2021 at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the PBA, Police Benevolent Association or Rescued in South Carolina. Paypal: Venmo: @RescuedinSC Mail: Rescued in SC 1985 Riviera Drive Suite 103-205, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. Tax ID 84-4040002.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My heart is broke over this. Marta please call me.i can't find you. I am so so sorry.

Posted by Lynn Young - Charleston, SC - Friend   November 18, 2021

Oh Tina, my heart is breaking for you and your family. You are so precious and loving. My prayers will continue

Posted by Beverly Garrett (formerly Gooch) - Athens, AL - Friend   November 07, 2021

My heart breaks for all of you. I hope that you find peace in knowing that one day the Lord will provide and you will see him again in heaven.

Posted by Kristi Saunig - Pembroke Pines, FL - Family Friend   November 07, 2021

I'm Soo sorry to hear this. We went to school together from middle school through graduation. He was such a nice person and always had a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife and children. RIP Sean.

Posted by Sherrie Bollinger - Chapin, SC - Classmate   November 07, 2021

Sean Kenneally impacted my life in amazing ways! He was one of my best friends. From the time we met in 6th grade until the end of high school we talked on the phone everyday or spent time together in person. Sean introduced me to many things. He took me on my first 4 wheeler ride, my first motorcycle ride, my first mudding experience, my first drink of half a warm beer at a Billy Idol concert and so much more! We always had fun no matter what we were doing! Skating on Friday and Saturday nights were the best! His parents and mine would take turns dropping us off and picking us up from the rink. Almost every memory I have from middle and high school involves him and I cherish every one! He will live on in my heart!

Posted by Robin Boseman Orlick - Fort Mill, SC - Friend   November 06, 2021

My heart breaks for all of you. I hope that you find peace in knowing that one day the Lord will provide and you will see him again in heaven.

Posted by Kristi Saunig - Pembroke Pines, FL - Family Friend   November 06, 2021

To all of Seans family,
We are heartbroken to hear of his passing. We pray that your hearts are soon filled with peace and comfort. Looking back at memories I have of Sean, every one of them is filled with laughter. No matter what the occasion, if Sean was there, smiles and laughs were sure to be as well. I will hold onto all the great times we shared and enjoy telling those stories. I am truly honored and thankful to have had Sean as my friend.
May God bless you all through this incredibly difficult time.
David and Sara Cusick

Posted by David Cusick - Family Friend   November 06, 2021

So sorry to learn of Sean's passing. I have been thinking about your family and praying for the best.

Susan Klavohn Bryant

Posted by Susan Bryant - Mount Pleasant - Friend   November 06, 2021

Oh Tina I'm so sorry for your losing Sean,your love and your rock. I pray for your heart to begin healing and peace to fill your soul. Love you sweet Tiner Werner.

Posted by Diane Hoffman - Wando, SC - Friend   November 06, 2021

I am so very sorry. Your family will continue to be in our prayers.

Posted by Kym Boseman Dunson - Burlingame, CA - Friend   November 06, 2021

My heart is sad for all of us left to live in a world without Sean. But relieved to know he left this world knowing he was loved, free of pain and excited to meet his Lord.

Posted by leGay Carter - Melbourne, FL - Family Friend   November 06, 2021

Sean, may you rest in peace and know you are loved by many

Posted by Breslin Carol Carol - Sanford, FL - Friend   November 06, 2021

Sean is perhaps my oldest friend..we knew each other in kindergarten.
We went through school together and eventually became collage roommates at USC. We shared a love of music and hunting and fishing. We spent lots of time playing in the mud along the Saluda river in our four wheel drive vehicles... sometimes sleeping on the river bank and eating cold beanie weenies!
Sean was always a fine man. Moral and just, I never saw him wrong another person and he loved his animals. It was not a surprise to me when I learned he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Sean was always so kind to me, even offering solid advice to me when I was struggling through some turbulent times in my life.
I am so sad that Sean is not with us anymore but I am thankful to be able to remember him as a friend. God bless you Sean, and the entire family.

Billy Lide

Posted by Billy Lide - Columbia, SC - Friend   November 05, 2021

Family Album

The Keys
Sean and the girls
Sean and the girls

Family Album

Sean’s High School Senior pic

Family Album

Four wheeling
Senior prom
All dressed up
Folly Beach
Thank you Captain Kenneally for being an awesome leader. It was honor to serve with you. Rest easy My Brother in Blue Michelle Hendrix