Robert F Kennedy Jr Mourns Late Saoirse Kennedy Hill in a Eulogy Two Days after Her Funeral
Robert F. Kennedy penned a tearful eulogy for his niece, Saoirse Kennedy Hill: “She was an adorable, flaxen-haired Irish sprite, with sparkling eyes, peeling laughter, and a thick brogue.”
After delivering an emotional eulogy at Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s funeral, her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy shared his penned memorial for the 22-year-old on Medium, recalling fond memories of her.
Kennedy considered Saoirse his own child after taking her under his wing.
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We’ve lost our daughter and our children, their sister. Saoirse was fierce, both in her love for her family and yearning for justice. A fearless adventurer, she inspired curiosity and daring in her friends. But her greatest gift was to find humor in everything and to give us all the gift of her laughter - and our own. The gaping hole that she leaves in our family is a wound too large to ever heal. 1) Saoirse at our Cape House. 2) Leaping from jetty with cousin Michaela. 3) Cheryl moves Saoirse into Boston College dorm. 4) On stage with Kenny Chesney at Foxborough with Courtney, Noah, and Kenny in mid leap. 5) with her cousins on Glide. 6) relaxing with cousin Noah on boom. 7) New Years Day On summit of Ajax with cousins. 8) A luminous, beautiful soul. 9) with Cheryl at Cape. 10) Swinging on halyard into Nantucket Sound.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY’S TEARFUL EULOGY
Kennedy remembered his niece as an outspoken and mischievous child who never backed down without a fight or a good debate. Saoirse was close to all her relatives, from the Kennedys, Shrivers, and Lawfords -- everyone knew the young woman, “like a politician.”
“She put out a bright light. Everybody loved her. She was very, very, very, easy to love,” he said. “She was passionate and energetic. She loved a party and had a gift for turning every one of her hardships and mishaps into entertainment and social opportunities.”
“Saoirse always had an inclination to reach out to the most vulnerable. But now young people began confiding in her their deepest secrets,” he added. “She met our broken world and all its troubles with kindness, compassion, understanding, empathy, humor, and courage.”
Kennedy shared more of his personal memories with Saoirse, including vacations and special events. Toward the end of his eulogy, Kennedy gave credit to his niece’s parents for raising her to be a wonderful and compassionate woman.
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1) Saoirse’s father Paul Hill served 15 years in British prisons after UK Police tortured him into confessing to an IRA bombing that he did not commit. The Daniel Day Lewis film, “In the Name of the Father” chronicles his story. In 1993,four years after his release, Paul married my sister Courtney, a human rights activist. Saoirse, whose name is Gaelic for “freedom” was passionate about justice and her Irish heritage. 2) St. Patrick’s Day with Seersh. 3) Diving for Quahogs with her cousins. 4) parachuting. 5) yoga on the deck. 6) surfing Hawaii. 7) underwater 8) Saoirse with seaweed hairdo. She considered herself a citizen of USA, Ireland, and the Ocean. 9) at RFK Human Rights event. 10) Saoirse on Glide’s bow.
“If anybody ever wondered whether God loves the Kennedys the proof is that he gave us Saoirse, this brilliant beam of light and laughter. Now, it’s time for us to cease being sad at her passing and to practice being grateful that we had her for 22 amazing years,” he ended his final goodbye.
THE LAST SUNRISE
The night before her passing, Saoirse bonded with her grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, over dinner and the last round of Democratic presidential debate. She later took off to karaoke at a local resto-bar, before deciding to take a dip in the waters and watch the sun light up the morning skies, for the last time.
By 6:30 a.m., it was assumed Saoirse was back in bed and ready for her Los Angeles vacation the same day. Everything was planned for the trip with Jack Coady and Emily Abrams.
“The two friends went to bed in Douglas’ room. Saoirse woke up with God,” Kennedy said.
After her demise, many of Saoirse relatives took to social media their kind words and mourning for their lost loved one. Maria Shriver was one of those who posted about the 22-year-old who she considered a cousin.
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Life is fragile and heartbreaking. It turns upside down in a minute. Love your children, hold them tight. Love your family, hold them close. Love your friends, keep them near. Be gentle with others, as so many are fragile and struggling. Actually, I think it’s best to assume everyone is struggling, so treat everyone with love, tenderness, and compassion. #ivebeenthinking
“She left a gaping hole in the lives of all those who loved her dearly,” she wrote.
Kerry Kennedy also penned an emotional message that described Saoirse as an empowering woman who was passionate about the “human rights” movements and volunteered in different works.
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