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Born: Dec 25, 1938

Date of Passing: Jul 28, 2020

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We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Louis Michael Kennedy on July 28, 2020, passing at the age of 81, surrounded by his family.
Lou is survived by his loving wife Iris and their four children, Lou (Susan), Kim (Mike), Dan (Marina), and Laura, along with his grandchildren, Thomas (Lauren), Sean, Louie (Tina), Cole, Evan, Sara, and Amber.
Lou was born in Winnipeg on December 25, 1938, to Daniel and Wilma Kennedy. Lou attended Saint John's Ravenscourt and subsequently began working at the family business Gaults Limited (Kennedy Floorings) that is still owned and operated by the Kennedy family. Lou and Iris were married on February 24, 1962. Lou's greatest love was his wife, Iris, and believed his most significant achievement was his four children.
Lou lived a life filled with adventure with his wife Iris and children by his side travelling across Western Canada and the United States racing Sprint Cars, which initially began with a 1959 Corvette. Lou's passion for Sprint Car racing continued throughout his life, with his family achieving many significant victories. Lou's passion for racing continued through his involvement with his grandchildren, playing a vital role in their development as drivers, allowing them to go on and win notable racing events. Lou enjoyed working in his shop, creating unique inventions. His family is grateful for his love, life lessons, and continued support throughout his life.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for Lou, of which a date is yet to be determined.

For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Iris, Louie, Kim, Danny, Laura, please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Lou Sr was a class act, and I know how he was loved and revered by you all. - Posted by: Tracy Sawatzky (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2020

  • Iris, I am so sorry to hear of Louie's passing. I will always remember his big smile, lots of good memories from our late teen years, going to the racetrack, your beautiful wedding, the birth of Lou Junior & Kim, Please know that I am thinking of you & all your family at this sad time. Love Brenda - Posted by: Brenda Kayer (nee Johnson) (childhood friend) on: Aug 13, 2020

  • Kennedy Family, so sorry for your loss. I have memories of my dad and Lou racing at Brooklyn Speedway back in the day. More recent memories of Lou Sr. watching over Lou and his boys race. We will miss him deeply. Barry, Lori and Sami - Posted by: Barry Parker (Friends ) on: Aug 05, 2020

  • Our most sincere condolences to the Kennedy family. Big Lou had a special place in our lives. We have some wonderful memories of him and his family and the kindness, generosity and hospitality they often extended to us. It has never been forgotten. Our thoughts are with you. Kitty, Joe and Terry. The Zaik family. - Posted by: Kitty Zaik (Friend) on: Aug 05, 2020

  • Our condolences on the passing of your son Lane Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Take care Brent - Posted by: Dennis Drobot (Friend ) on: Aug 04, 2020

  • Dear Iris & Family, So saddened to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories with your family and ours on various racing circuits. I always admired Big Lou and his charisma. Will never forget his sense of humor and his large laugh. Your family has a special place in my heart and I am thinking of you all now. May you find strength in all the happy memories you share with so many. - Posted by: Terry Norman (Zaik) (Family friend) on: Aug 04, 2020

  • Iris, our deepest condolences to you and your family. We have many happy racing memories with your family throughout the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob and Kim Parker - Posted by: Bob and Kim Parker (Friends ) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Iris and family.. So sorry to hear of your loss, the world has lost a true Legend. His memories will not be forgotten my deepest sympathy, to you and all your family. Karl Wilson. - Posted by: karl wilson (friend) on: Aug 02, 2020

  • Dan and Marina, our condolences for the loss of your Father and Father-in-law. May he rest In Peace. Pino & Josie Zimarino - Posted by: Giuseppe Zimarino (friend) on: Aug 01, 2020

  • Clarke and I just want to offer condolences to Iris and her family. Iris and I grew up close to each other back in the days when many families had farm animals in their back yards. My parents raised chickens and I was most impressed that Iris's family had cows -- a real mini farm right in the middle of our neighborhood! Clarke remembers Louis well as they both grew up in the "good" part of Charleswood, i.e., Varsity View. Clarke recalls that Lou's father was quite the business man and his family were very much involved with race horses. Their passion for racing was obviously passed on to Lou in his many years of racing Sprint cars. And now it has been passed on to his grandchildren. What a legacy! - Posted by: Dawn and Clarke Winters (childhood friends of Iris and Lou) on: Aug 01, 2020

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