BAYARD W. KENNETT II

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KENNETT BAYARD WINSLOW KENNETT, II "Chip" (Age 34) Died on January 17, 2015, at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born on December 23, 1980, in North Conway, New Hampshire, Chip attended A. Crosby Kennett High School, Conway, New Hampshire, and Colby College, Waterville, Maine, graduating in 2003 with degrees in history and government. In July 2007, he and wife Sheila were married in Washington, D.C. They were blessed to welcome son Joe into their lives in 2009 and daughter Crosby in 2012. Chip was a deeply devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend, and was dedicated to his career and colleagues. He worked on Capitol Hill for nearly eight years, serving as legislative staff to his former home state senators Judd Gregg and John Sununu of New Hampshire, and later as military affairs staff and director of appropriations for Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, with whom he traveled on a congressional delegation to Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. Since 2011, Chip was a senior manager for government affairs at Raytheon Company. In October 2012, Chip was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. With support from his and Sheila's friends, family and community, collectively known as Team Kennett, Chip became an advocate for cancer research, testifying on Capitol Hill and helping draw more attention to recalcitrant cancers, such as lung cancer, and the need for funding to develop and accelerate treatments to market. He worked with cancer organizations, including LUNGevity Foundation, Friends of Cancer Research and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Chip passed his two-year prognosis last October and celebrated with friends. That same weekend, he led the largest fundraising team for the annual Breathe Deep DC walk, with more than 120 participants. Chip was a soccer dad and avid golfer, and he enjoyed competing in Tough Mudders. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the New Hampshire Fantasy Football LeagueTM and Hangin' OutTM. Before and after his diagnosis, Chip embraced life fully. Together with Sheila, he has been an inspiring example to so many of what it means to be present and grateful in every moment. Chip is survived by his wife, Sheila Boyd Kennett of Alexandria, Virginia; their two children, Bayard Winslow "Joe" Kennett III and Crosby Reynolds Kennett; his parents, Bayard and Theresa Kennett of Conway, New Hampshire; and his brother, Tanner Kennett (Sarah) of North Conway, New Hampshire. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 228 South Pitt Street, Alexandria. A reception will immediately follow the service at Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Memorial contributions can be made to LUNGevity Foundation, http://events.lungevity.org/goto/Chip_Kennett; The Legacy Mission, www.legacymission.org/donate; and the Team Kennett Family Trust, Ates Law Firm, Attn: Team Kennett Trust, 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 21214.Memorial contributions can be made to LUNGevity Foundation, http://events.lungevity.org/goto/Chip_Kennett; The Legacy Mission, www.legacymission.org/donate; and the Team Kennett Family Trust, Ates Law Firm, Attn: Team Kennett Trust, 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 21214.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 21, 2015