Though the have-a-go pensioner won the world’s respect for the brave and courageous manner in which he risked his own life to confront the murderer of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox outside Birstall Library, it was never lost on him that he came to public prominence in the most tragic of circumstances.
Yet his quiet dignity – he remained a private man who shunned the limelight – represented the very best of human decency.
The family of the late Mrs Cox put it best of all – he was a “shining example of Yorkshire and British bravery”.
The fact that the former miner’s selflessness earned the George Medal for gallantry, the highest possible civilian honour, and that so many people took to social media to offer their own tributes to Mr Kenny, speaks volumes about the high esteem in which he was held.
Yorkshire is all the poorer for Mr Kenny’s passing at the age of 79 but such affectionate expressions of sympathy can only comfort his family as they come to terms with their loss.