Our dear friend, Patrick Kenney,
passed away on Friday, October 14, 2005.
It is hard for me to go into details,
but there are truths that need to be known.
Patrick finished having lunch with our friend, RJ, who has since told us that they were laughing all through their sushi lunch (one of Patrick's favorites). Apparently, PK talked all about his friends and family (as usual!). They both entered the crosswalk at the busy corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset, when a car made a turn against a red light and hit two oncoming cars. One of the cars struck both RJ and Patrick as well as another pedestrian sitting at the bus stop nearby.
RJ, who was released from the hospital with bruises, but in otherwise ok condition, wants to stress that they were both laughing as they were crossing the street, and it all happened in the blink of an eye. It is believed that Patrick passed quickly, as tragic as it is, but without suffering.
It is still an unbelievable shock.
There are a number of us here, in West Hollywood, that saw and spoke to Patrick nearly every day. We have spent this weekend together, supporting eachother and remembering what an INCREDIBLE force of life he was. Needless to say: a memorable character from the moment you met him.
I created this website as a place for anyone who knew Patrick, to share special memories/stories/anecdotes because, as we all know, he had plenty of stories of his own! We always wanted him to write them down and sell them!
This will also be a place where you can come for updates and details about services for Patrick. At the time of this posting, funeral arrangements are still being made, so the specific dates and times aren't set yet.
The location is:
O.B. Davis Funeral Home
1001 Route 25a
Miller Place, NY 11764
For those that won't be able to make the services in New York, we are putting together a memorial/tribute night for him at Hamburger Mary's, here in West Hollywood, where our friend RJ used to be a manager. We felt it was appropriate since it was one of Patrick's favorite local hangouts. He knew the waiters and waitresses, bartenders, managers and even one of the owners, Dale. Dale has generously agreed to host the tribute at Hambuger Mary's, while one of Patrick's favorite people and performer's, The Fabulous Belle Aire, is hoping to be a part of the festivities as well. I say festivities, because I know that Patrick would want it to be that way -fun- with stories, laughing, singing, along with all the joyful, emotional, tearful moments. Sounds like a recipe for one of his favorite movies! The date is tentatively set for Friday, November 4, from 4-7pm. Of course if there are any changes, we will post these here, as well as an update email.
8288 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
If you'd like to make a donation, the charity that we've chosen is the "AIDS Project Los Angeles" - or APLA. One of the last things that Patrick did, was to donate to support the AIDS Walk event here in LA, meant to raise awareness and contributions to APLA. In Patrick's own words "In honor of my friends still living and fighting." I walked the 10k distance this Sunday morning, not just for APLA, but for Patrick, too. I hope to have a web address to donate to as a tribute to Patrick Kenney - but in the mean time, here's the main address information.
I am also hoping that we can come up with some way to permanently, and publicly recognize Patrick as one of the most special people we've known. He deserves it.
Some ideas have been:
- a permanent bench at the bus stop, with a plaque remembering him.
- a tree or bed of flowers planted at that location in his memory.
- something to do with photography as it was his passion and career for the last few years.
Speaking of which, if you haven't checked out his incredible work, please take the time to visit his website - he poured his heart into it just a few months ago.
So post what you can - even if it's just a couple words. I know Patrick will be reading EVERYTHING. :)
And if you have any pictures you'd like me to post here to share with everyone, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With much love and support,