Rev. Patrick James Kennedy
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Between those dates, Patrick lived life large! His humble beginnings near the coal mines of Frederick, CO, he was the second child of four children born to Leo J. and Frances Campbell Kennedy. He was proud of his pure Irish lineage and of the Kennedy homestead of Northeastern CO near Otis. Father Patrick was preceded in death by his father, Leo James; his mother, Frances Elizabeth Campbell Kennedy "Francie"; sister Mary Jane; brothers Leo Thomas and baby brother, Michael; countless Campbell and Kennedy aunts, uncles and cousins; and many in his brotherhood of priests. He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Denver and was Ordained into the Priesthood on May 29th 1953 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver by Archbishop Urban Vehr. During his 88 years, Patrick touched the lives of thousands of people! He was a devoted disciple and priest to Christ and the Denver Archdiocese for 63 years. Until his dying breath, he was drawing people ever closer to God. Patrick was devoted to our blessed mother, Mary, and a rosary was never far from his fingers. Patrick adored his mother, Francie, and the death of his brother and soulmate Leo, was a tremendous loss to him! Father Pat was a true shepherd of souls! He served the Archdiocese of Denver from Hugo to Vail and many parishes in between. He was friendly, never knowing a stranger. He was generous, forgiving, patriotic, intellectual, brave, and genuinely interested in all people. He had a passion for the poor and down trodden. He was a voice for reform, and was not afraid to push the boundaries for human rights and care of our universe! Fr. Pat was the Ultimate sportsman! Skiing, hiking, football, basketball, baseball and hunting. He loved his Rockies, the Avalanche and the Broncos as well as the CU Buffaloes. His hunting exploits were legendary, from mule deer hunting in the foothills to bringing home a pheasant dinner at Aunt Janes, or in the duck blind, he could see it and hit it. His true love was fishing. From catching, King Salmon, Dolly Varden and Grayling in Alaska to Rainbow, Bull and Brook Trout in his beloved Rocky Mountain tributaries. Although known to use a "sinker" when necessary, Pat was a "Dry Fly Fisherman"! Father Pat is survived by sister-in-law Kathy and daughter Jennifer; Kennedy cousins and Campbell first cousins Georgann Parr (Dan, dec.); Mary Parr (Jack, dec.); Beverly (John, dec.); Michael (Joyce); Margret Ann, dec. and son Mark; Terry (Kerry); Kevin (Mary Jo); Carol Jane (Ted); Patricia "Tish" (Jack); and Bill. Legions of cousins and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly! Tuesday May 3, 2016 Visitation 5 PM -7PM, Rosary to follow at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4380 Utica St., Denver. Funeral Mass, Wednesday May 4, 2016, 1:30 pm at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1530 Logan St. in Denver. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge CO. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Divine Mercy Hospice, 303 South Broadway suite 220, Denver, CO 80209.



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Published in Denver Post from May 1 to May 4, 2016.
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June 8, 2016
Rest in peace cousin. You were always an example held in great esteem by Jack Keenan and family You concelebrated Jack's funeral and that meant a great deal to Lorraine, Mike Pat and Dan Keenan. Remember us and we remember you in our prayers.
John M (Mike) Keenan
May 7, 2016
Father Kennedy,

Your soul is with God and with our son, St. Christopher. Thank you for presiding over the mass of our marriage - Greg and I. We love you forever.

Arlene and Greg Weis
Our Lady of Grace
1995
May 7, 2016
Our family of 5 children. their spouses and children will remember Fr. Pat as a true follower of Christ's message. His manner was always accepting and humble.
Our whole family will always treasure his offering of our 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass at St. Catherine's, Estes Park, CO.
With Love and prayers,
Nina & Bob Ramser, Brighton CO
Nina Ramser
May 7, 2016
Our family of 5 children. their spouses and children will remember Fr. Pat as a true follower of Christ's message. His manner was always accepting and humble.
Our whole family will always treasure his offering of our 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass at St. Catherine's, Estes Park, CO.
With Love and prayers,
Nina & Bob Ramser, Brighton CO
Nina Ramser
May 4, 2016
I met Fr. Kennedy at the age of 14 and know I am 25. My sister and I were his assistants, Alma was his "shadow" as Fr. Kennedy called her. We loved helping him out. My father bought his fishing truck and we still have it. RIP Fr. Kennedy! From the Hinojosa Family.
May 3, 2016
I meet Fr. Kennedy via the downtown Serra Club of Denver. As a member of its Vocations committee I was assigned to be liaison to Our Lady of Grace parish in north Denver when he was pastor there. I enjoyed our conversations and we were almost successful with his help in obtaining a member from his parish. Later in retirement I would sometimes see him at my parish St Thomas More and would go to reconciliation with him when available. I will miss his friendship and presence in the diocese on northern Colorado.
Michael Kunsman
May 2, 2016
Rest in Peace Father Kennedy! You were definitely one of a kind and truly missed at Our Lady of Grace church. We love and respected you. I know you are in a much better place. Thanks for all the years.
Patti Martinez
May 1, 2016
Father Kennedy was more than our Parish Priest. He was a family friend. My sister, Cathy Madonna Youngblood told most of the stories, but there is one she didn't know.

Father also performed my First Confession, I went to his office at Holy Family. I told him I needed to confess some sin I had committed. After that I would make things up to "confess", because I could get out of class to go to confession.

I remember him fondly. Now, as I have recently come back to the Church I often think of him. He was a very good man, and a wonderful priest.
Linda Madonna-Black
May 1, 2016
I am sad to hear about Father Kennedy passing. I have many memories of him during my time at Holy Family. He was a special friend to our family and especially my Dad. He baptised my sisters and I, officiated at some of our first Holy Communions, and visited our home often offering Mass with family and friends. Those were special times of my childhood and youth. I remember Father with great joy. - Cathy (Madonna) Youngblood
Cathy (Madonna) Youngblood
April 30, 2016
My mom, Marcy Barnes, and Father Pat were very close friends. Pictured here with Lee Kaspari at the Alzheimer's Walk last September. We miss him!
Lorie Schlomann
April 29, 2016
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