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THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE DANIEL PATRICK KENNEDY

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THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE DANIEL PATRICK KENNEDY 1939 - 2017 Dan Kennedy passed away peacefully, with family at his side, the morning of Saturday, January 28, at ActionMarguerite - Tache. Dan was loved dearly and his memory will be greatly treasured by his wife Carol Joan Kennedy (nee Johnson), his children Joanne (Pierre Cardinal), Kevin (Nadine Kennedy), Paul (Kelley Kennedy), Jennifer (Jason Busch), Ryan, and Derrick (Naoko Kennedy), as well as his 18 grandchildren, Sara (fiancé Brad), Maura, Marc-Andre, Marie-France, Zachary, Keenan, Quinlan, Riley, Curtis, Alexandra, Amy (fiancé Russell), Jordan, Rickie, Kendal, Tyler, Kaitlyn, Zen and Luca. He also leaves to mourn his sisters Judy Hansen (Gary), Eileen Jones (Julien), Kathy Heroux (Richard), and many nieces and nephews. Dan was predeceased by his sister Margie, mother Agnes, father Frank, sister Patricia and brother-in-law Leo Soenen; also passing before him, were his brother-in-law Terry Johnson, mother and father-in-law Carl and Nora Johnson, as well as his niece Colleen Johnson. Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, Dan was the only boy in a family of six children. He grew up in Norwood and attended Holy Cross School. Fair haired Dan had a winning smile and charmed many hearts throughout his life. He often recounted stories of working his paper route, serving Mass and working as a night watchman at Burns Meats in his late teens. Educated in the Jesuit tradition, he truly was a man for others. He attended St. Paul's High School where he was active in basketball and wrestling and served on the student council, graduating in 1957 and thereafter continuing as an active alumnus. He moved on to St. Paul's College and graduated with a law degree from the University of Manitoba. Riding the bus in 1962, Dan happened to spy Carol Joan, a pretty young gal he remembered from St. Mary's Academy. A romance blossomed and over 50 years of happiness, love and laughter were set in motion. Dan was a good man and loving father. He was devoted to family, guiding his six children through teenage years, life decisions and adulthood. In 1965, Dan was called to the Manitoba Bar. He began a successful career as a lawyer and eventually became partner with the firm Christie DeGraves, Mckay, and Settle. He earned his reputation offering good counsel. He believed that every person had the right to be heard in the courtroom. Federally appointed a judge at the age of 38, he was one of the youngest judges at the time. In 1984, he was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba. In addition to his duties in Manitoba, Dan took on the responsibilities of Circuit Judge in the North, travelling to Nunavit and Baffin Island where he garnered a great respect for the Inuit of Canada. He believed in giving his time to the community. As a young lawyer he was a member of the Serra Club, Chairman of the St. Vital School Board, gave his time to Marymount School and served on the Misericordia Foundation Board. He served on the advisory board to St. Paul's High School, was Chairman of the Parish Board at Christ the King Church, served the Catholic Foundation and many other community groups. Dan also served as President of the Canadian Judicial Association and was actively involved in various think tanks for the Canadian judiciary. Dan had a love of golf, music and long drives with Carol. Family was important and the family table was a special place. It was there that Dan passed along his values, telling stories of what he saw in his daily life, engaging his children in prayer, conversation and debate. Muriel Lake was another special place for Dan, a place to disconnect, joke around, enjoy his grandchildren, and of course soak up the sun. As the family grew and his children spread their wings, he happily travelled coast to coast to be with them, watching his expanding legacy of grandchildren. As he neared retirement, he and Carol had the opportunity to travel to England, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Japan. The family was blessed to have Dan in the last decade. Health hurdles presented significant challenges. During his 60s he survived a quadruple bypass, 10 years ago he survived the West Nile Virus and in January 2011, he lived through a devastating head injury while in Mexico. Despite these challenges, Dan met life with his cheery smile, dignity and grace. And his wife, children, grandchildren and family are grateful for every moment they spent with him. The family offers special thanks to Dr. Kevin Coates and to all the staff at ActionMarguerite-Tache, for their care and support to Dan. Prayers will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 847 St. Mary's Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 3 at 12:00 Noon also at the Church. Interment will be at St. Vital City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba, http://www.catholicfoundation.mb.ca/ or to St. Amant Foundation, https://stamant.ca/foundation/contact/ CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 01, 2017

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Dan kennedy did legal work for me in the 60's when he was with Chrietie Degraves McKay and Settle, he was great to work with. - Posted by: Alex Moodrey (Client) on: May 22, 2017

  • Dan represented me and my Company in my very 1st court case back in the early 60ts, I had a good relationship with him, my condolences to the family - Posted by: Alex Moodrey (Client) on: Apr 15, 2017

  • Hello Carol, I wish to express to you our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Dan. Yours and Dan's journey, with all the challenges in the past few years, have truly been seemingly to others unsurmountable! The grace and faith with which you both demonstrated throughout, are examples that I personally look to as benchmarks to strive towards. You are Carol, a woman of grace, and exemplify woman and woman's work. Offers of prayers to you and your family Carol. - Posted by: Louise Tomlinson Orr (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2017

  • Hello Carol and Family, On Jan. 30, 2017, brother Ken emailed me about the passing of Dan. I just wanted to send my condolences to you Carol and your family for your loss. What a wonderful husband, father and granddad. I thought Dan a beautiful man inside and out and am so sorry for your loss. I would have attended the memorial but being in Florida regrettably could not. Take care all of you and hope to stay in touch. I will be back in Gimli in the spring. You are all welcome to drop in. Your father and grandpa would want you to cry for awhile but move forward in life and be happy. His ongoing legacy for each of you are the wonderful, good and happy memories to cherish. They will sustain you. Thinking of you all during this sad time. Love Cousin Connie - Posted by: Connie Crogal (Cousin in law) on: Feb 04, 2017

  • I have known, respected and admired Judge Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy since I was a young child at CTK school in the 1970s and 80s. One early memory of Judge centers around the Sunday Shopping debate in Manitoba. I remember talking with my parents about that law, the tension between interests of Catholics and business, and Judge's part in that debate. From those early days, I admired Judge's ability to balance his religious beliefs with his obligations as a Judge - and I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer too. While my admiration and respect for Judge Kennedy has continued to grow over the years that I have been a lawyer, now that I am also a parent myself, I am even more in awe of what Judge and Mrs. Kennedy were able to do together for their kids, the Church and the community. Together, their simple example of getting all of Kennedy kids to Mass every Sunday now speaks volumes to me about Judge and Mrs. Kennedy's devotion, patience, determination and will to instill - through example - Catholic values and traditions in their children. Mrs. Kennedy, you were a patient and insightful teacher to many young altar servers at CTK. You told us to "take the pearl" from every homily and reading at Mass. That pearl, you said, was the special message that spoke to us and which we should hold in our heart. I think of that always. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Although Judge's tent here on earth has been folded up, his light shines brightly and abides. - Posted by: Pamela Hans (Classmate of Jen, student of Mrs. Kennedy at CTK (altar servers) and St. Mary's Academy, neighbor of) on: Feb 03, 2017

  • Thinking of you as our friends and a family, Jennifer, Jason, Tyler, and Kaitlyn who lost a great father, father-inlaw, and grandfather. Our thoughts are with at this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Gary and Bobbie roxburgh (Friends of Jennifer and Jason ) on: Feb 02, 2017

  • Our sincere condolences. Dan was such an excellent and special friend. He will be sorely missed by both of us. You are in out hearts, thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Norma & Gordon Barkman (Friend & Colleague) on: Feb 02, 2017

  • Carol, our condolences to you and your family for the loss of a gentle man who WAS a thorough gentleman. We remember the times at St. Louis in Keewatin where his smile spoke volumes. May you and your family be blessed with all the wonderful memories you had together. God bless. - Posted by: Patricia Hamilton (Taught daughter and worked with wife Carol at St. Mary's Academy) on: Feb 02, 2017

  • Sincere sympathy on the loss of Dan. You have many years of pleasant memories which will sustain you. WE must get together next time I am in Wpg. Laurel Faryon Piragoff - Posted by: Laurel Faryon Piragoff (Friend & Colleague) on: Feb 02, 2017

  • I came to know the Kennedy family when I taught most of their children while they attended Holy Cross School. Both Dan and Carol were wonderful parents to work with who consistently demonstrated their love, support and encouragement. I remember Mr. Kennedy for his wit and humour, particularly regarding his sons. He was greatly respected and appreciated by all. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Susan Rinn () on: Feb 01, 2017

  • A very delightful man who loved his family as they loved him. He was the best role model for anyone who knew him. Deeply devoted to his faith, family, friends and being a judge. He and Carol brought up a large family that lived like they saw in their parents. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out of Carol, the children and grandchildren. The world has lost a very bright and caring man. - Posted by: Monica Lawson (Our sons went to school together from Grade 1 - 12) on: Feb 01, 2017

  • I knew Dan for three years at St Paul's. He was a great guy. I moved from Winnipeg so did not have any more communication with him. My sincere condolences to his family. God bless Brian - Posted by: Brian Carey (Schoolmate - St Paul's College) on: Feb 01, 2017

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