Another one of soap opera greats behind the scenes has passed away. Fans have learned of the passing of H. Wes Kenney, a seven time Daytime Emmy winner known best for his work on NBC’s Days of our Lives. Throughout his career, Kenney would also work on The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, and The Doctors.
Kenney died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday of this week at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He was 89 years old. Wes had related on the love of his job during an interview with the Archive of American Television: “I love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows. So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”
And one of those actors who Kenney worked with time and time again was the one and only Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) of Days of our Lives.
On the news of his passing, Seaforth Hayes took to Twitter and shared these sentiments and her sorrow: “Just heard the sad news that Days Producer/Director Wes Kenney went to his rest yesterday. Wes was SO important to DOOL and our lives! My relationship to Wes Kenney goes back to the mid-50s when he was in NYC directing a TV series called MY TRUE STORY. We did one together! Wes Kenney was an Emmy Award winner who directed hundreds of Days episodes in the 60s and 70s. He directed Doug’s first appearance. Wes Kenney was not only talented, he was an energetic, creative, loving man. He was one of the 16 people at our wedding; to us he’s an icon! Wes Kenney produced the first Doug/Julie wedding (in 1976); Al Rabin was the Director. Wes asked us to use our own wedding vows. Wes Kenney produced the wonderful DOOL Variety Show; Al Rabin directed, Ann Marcus was the Head Writer, Jack Bunch staged the numbers..”
Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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