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Kevin Kehoe
February 21, 2021

Miami, Florida - Kevin Denning Kehoe, 56, passed February 21, 2021, with his loving wife Riza and friends by his side at home in Miami, FL after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in New York to John P. and Kathleen McManus Kehoe, Kevin grew up on Long Island and spent the majority of his adult life in the Miami area.

Kevin was a man with an abundance of friends and interests in his way too short life with a deep love for family, community and nature.

Kevin graduated high school from the Hyde School in Bath, Maine in 1984, after 2 years at Holy Family in Huntington, Long Island. Having discovered a love for cooking, Kevin received his diploma from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 1993.

After honing his skills at restaurants in New York City under the tutelage of Buzzy O'Keefe at The River Cafe and Rick Lakkonen at Luxe, as well as premier restaurants in New Jersey and Miami, Kevin co-founded Sparky's Roadside Barbecue in downtown Miami with his friend Hans Seitz in 2010. Kevin's love of food, flavor and BBQ was equally matched by his love of people. Together they built a loyal clientele and a regionally and nationally recognized restaurant appearing in Best in Chow on the Cooking Channel and Food Paradise on the Travel Channel, as well as numerous accolades in the press.

In addition to being a highly respected chef, Kevin was a man of many diverse hobbies. He brought a high level of passion and focus to each, becoming a certified beekeeper, purveyor of Pugabee Honey, and an accomplished scuba diver, motorcyclist, fisherman and golfer. He also learned to fly planes and jump out of them.

Kevin found sobriety on September 8th of 2008 and dedicated his life to maintaining his newfound freedom while helping so many people on the same life path. Kevin was an example of a sober life full of joy, love, outrageous laughter, selfless giving, unbreakable community and unconditional love. He married the love of his life, Riza Mallari, in 2019. They made a lifetime of memories in their abbreviated time together among family and friends.

Kevin was a generous donor of his time and food to local causes such as The Lotus House, South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the Palace Senior Living Facility in Coral Gables. He was also active in the local bee rescue community and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Riza Mallari Kehoe; his sister, Maura Kehoe Collins (David); brothers John (Jennifer) and Brendan (Katie); nieces and nephews, Willa, Zach, Neil, Maddie, Thomas and Grace; step-daughters Jenil (Tyler) and Arriane; grandchildren Logan and Ellie; step-sisters Sandy, Kim, Teryl and Allise; and his pug Mickey.

A funeral mass will be scheduled at Saint Hugh in Miami. A memorial service will be held at a later date when travel to Miami is possible for his countless friends and family. Kevin's cremains will be placed on the Neptune Memorial Reef off Key Biscayne.

Donations can be made in Kevin's memory to Diveheart at https://diveheart.networkforgood.com/projects/66462-partner-with-diveheart-2019

Published in the Miami Herald on Feb. 24, 2021.
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10 entries
March 3, 2021
He was a great student and staff member of mine
He will be missed RIP chef
Chef Sam Hazen
Sam Hazen
Coworker
February 27, 2021
My most Sincere and heartfelt condolences. Peace and strength for all family and friends..♥ Sincerely, Katherine
Katherine Fuller
Friend
February 26, 2021
It was an honor to call your friend. My your new travels reunite with others who blazed a path of kindness, like you did.
Sean Banton
Friend
February 25, 2021
Riza and family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
May you know God’s peace and comfort during this time of grieving.
Kevin will be missed by many but his love lives on in all our memories.
Lacey Steele
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
Kevin was an amazing, kind, full-of-life man and a wonderful, generous, welcoming brother-in-law and uncle. He was his own man, never mincing words regarding his true feelings, and he accumulated a very large and diverse group of friends with whom he stayed in regular contact through to his very last days. It is still hard to absorb that he has gone.

I am thankful for the many wonderful memories I have to keep him with me. My condolences to his friends, family, co-workers and so many acquaintances who couldn't help but be smitten by his smile and the Irish twinkle in his eye.

I've posted a photo from our time sailing this past summer. In a subsequent sail I managed to lose one of my Crocs shoes (he had given me a pair when they first came out). A new pair arrived a week later! That was Kevin.
David Collins
Family
February 25, 2021
You were one of a kind❤
Mary Pasquale Brunk
Friend
February 24, 2021
Condolences, prayers and love across the miles to his wife Riza, his siblings and all of his family and friends. With light & much love Kevin rest peacefully you earned those wings my friend. Until we meet again keep laughing and shining your light down.
Laura H
Friend
February 24, 2021
Condolences, prayers and love across the miles to his wife Riza, his siblings and all of his family and friends. With light & much love Kevin rest peacefully you earned those wings my friend. Until we meet again keep laughing and shining your light down.
Laura H
Friend
February 24, 2021
Condolences, prayers and love across the miles to his wife Riza, his siblings and all of his family and friends. With light & much love Kevin rest peacefully you earned those wings my friend. Until we meet again keep laughing and shining your light down.
Laura H
Friend
February 24, 2021
My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return our loved ones. 1st Thessalonians 4:13 & 14 .
S Chambers
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