Stephen T. Kennedy
1958 - 2020
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Stephen (Steve) Timothy Kennedy, born November 4th, 1958, passed away eight days after his 62nd birthday on November 12th, 2020. A voracious reader, a remarkable athlete, an avid outdoors man, an altruistic father, Steve will be sorely missed by his wife Laura and his two children, Ryan and Katie.

Steve came from humble beginnings. With seven brothers and sisters in an Irish Catholic household, the values of family, respect, discipline and hard work were instilled early in life. Throughout his youth, Steve naturally excelled in academics and athletics, graduating at the top of his class and earning letters for basketball, football, and cross country

Steve was an ambitious athlete. He ran his first marathon at sixteen and competed as a varsity cross country athlete in college. While working full time, he honed his physical stamina, setting lofty running, cycling, and swimming objectives. As a triathlete, training became a disciplined regime. His achievements include several 2:40 marathons (6:06 mile pace) including Boston Marathons and numerous triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bicycle ride, 26.2 mile run). His devotion to training led to his marriage. Steve met Laura at the Vertels' Running club in Lincoln Park in 1987.

After earning a chemical engineering degree from Rose Hulman, and an MBA from Kellogg, he started his business career with a decade in the established businesses of Pfizer, FMC Inc, and Utilities Inc. Following his big company experience, Steve forged his own path as serial entrepreneur. Never satisfied with the status quo, Steve co-founded two companies, was the CFO of two companies, and served as the CEO of four companies. Steve sought to leverage new, emerging technology to pragmatically solve social, economic, or climatology problems. His most recent endeavor literally used laser beams to reduce harmful emissions at coal-fired power plants.

Steve approached life with an open, curious mind, and friends and family near his heart. While his physical presence has departed, his spiritual presence and the habits he ingrained in those close to him live on.

Steve is survived by his wife, Laura; his son, Ryan; his daughter, Katie; his father, Patrick; his brothers, John, Joe, Tom, and David; and sisters, Kathy and Rose. He joins his beloved mother, Pearl, and brother, Chris, in heaven; may they all together forever rest in peace.

We love you Steve.

To share a memory of Steve or send a condolence to his family please use the Tribute Wall on his obituary which can be found at www.wenbanfh.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Steve's name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 954 W Washington Blvd, #305, Chicago, IL 60607. Due to pandemic restrictions, a small family service will be held; we plan to hold a larger Celebration of Life Event once restrictions are lifted. Info: Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com



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Published in PL-Lake on Nov. 19, 2020.
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November 26, 2020
Steve was introduced to Tony and I in 2000 by a mutual friend as we worked to found our first startup company. Even though we were at JPL in Pasadena and he was two thousand miles away, he mentored us and guided us to start our first venture. He stayed on taking the role of CEO during the first few years, helping to navigate through the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the collapse of the telecommunications market. He was a natural leader, a thinker, a brilliant businessman, and quite good with numbers. On this Thanksgiving day, I want to thank you Steve for all you did for us. You are missed. God bless your soul and may your family find comfort in knowing that your legacy continues in everyone of us whose life you touched.

Your friend, Roman.
Roman Gutierrez
Friend
November 26, 2020
Steve was introduced to Tony and I in 2000 by a mutual friend as we worked to found our first startup company. Even though we were at JPL in Pasadena and he was two thousand miles away, he mentored us and guided us to start our first venture. He stayed on taking the role of CEO during the first few years, helping to navigate through the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the collapse of the telecommunications market. He was a natural leader, a thinker, a brilliant businessman, and quite good with numbers. On this Thanksgiving day, I want to thank you Steve for all you did for us. You are missed. God bless your soul and may your family find comfort in knowing that your legacy continues in everyone of us whose life you touched.

Your friend,

Roman.
Roman Gutierrez
Friend
November 20, 2020
Very proud that this man is my cousin. What an awesome, authentic inspiration to us all. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his beautiful family.
“What we once enjoyed we can never lose...All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.” Helen Keller
Peggy Hunnicutt/Frost
Family
November 17, 2020
Steve, a former classmate, was a true gentleman and I admired him for his discipline and determination. May Our Lord be close to your family at this time.
Cindy (Langston) Cummins
Classmate
November 16, 2020
Rest In Peace my good friend
Kevin Dittman
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