July 12, 1948 – October 16, 2008
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dennis Kennelly at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comox on October 16th.
Dennis was predeceased by his father Thomas (1973), brother Patrick (1986), brother Michael (1996), and mother Dorothy (2002).
He is survived by his devoted wife Kathleen, his precious daughter Deedee (Cliff), and brother and best friend Timothy, all of the Comox Valley. He is also survived by an extended family of aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces, brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins and second cousins, and all of their families.
Dennis was born and raised, and lived his whole life in the Comox Valley. After graduation in 1966, he worked for various companies in the logging industry. In 1972 he began his lifelong career with the CE section at CFB Comox. He loved his job as an electrician and respected the “family” of co-workers in CE. He served as President of UNDE, the union of civilian workers and put in many, many hours of time on their behalf.
Dennis received many commendations and awards from the Base for his dedication of service over and above the normal parameters of his job.
Dennis’ great passion was fishing and camping, especially at the Upper Quinsam Lake, with Kathy and Deedee. Many weekends and summer holidays were spent at various lakes on the North Island, fishing and partying with friends and family. He will be sorely missed by them all.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Kathy’s sister Margaret, friends Cindy, Nel, Blue and Sharon who helped to support Kathy in Dennis’ final days of illness.
The family also wishes to thank Dr. Fitzpatrick, Dr. Engman, and Dr. Tura who went the extra mile to make Den’s struggle with illness as comfortable as possible.
There will be a Celebration of Dennis’ life at the Komoks First Nation Band Hall, 3010 Comox Road, on Saturday, October 25th at 2:00 PM, including a “potluck” reception, with soft drinks and mixes for family and children. (BYOB). All friends and family are welcome to join in this celebration.
In lieu of flowers, it was Dennis’ wish to have any donations in his name given to Courtenay Fish & Game Protective Association or to the Salmon Enhancement Society.