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October 18, 2005


Richard Courtney

For some reason I came here today and started to read everything. I miss you- i do not know why today of all days, but yes, it hit me today- WOW- love, love love love love.... I watched the show high school musical last night and for some reason i thought of you -- you would have liked the trashiness about it, but it was great!!

Ellen Oppedisano

Patrick, I ran into your sister Doreen at a church function and the first thing I asked was, how is your brother. Imagine my shock when she told me. Remember how we met? My brother Sammy dated Doreen in high school. I remember going to Great Adventure and Seeding KC and the Sunshine band with you. Remember the fender bender on the way home? I always will have fond memories of you and your family during that time.
Rest in Peace, you are missed.

Robin Goodman

I too went through alot of years and classes and plays with Patrick. My heart hurts to hear of his passing. Only last year did we email, after I found him on classmates.

He was a beautiful person and everyone who knew me knew he had my heart many years ago.

I think this is a wonderful thing you have done for him..And I am glad to have known him and that he was so loved. Rest in Peace my friend.

Robin Goodman

Diane Barba

I went through years of school with Patrick, and though we didn't run with the same crowd, I will always remember that smile.

I had read about his passing in Newsday (I believe it must have been his birthday) and was shocked. I never read the obituaries, but that day that I did, I saw the photo and his smile. I remembered him.

I had no idea what had happened, and having not attended our 25th reunion, a friend sent me the link to this site.

For those friends who put this together, God Bless you all. It's a beautiful tribute. It told me just who Patrick was. I am only sorry that we didn't have a chance to know one another in the past. From what I have read, he was a beautiful soul. I'm sure he is out there, watching over all of you. You were blessed to know him.

Thank you for sharing this.

Tim Gales

Hi Patrick,

Today, June 11, 2006, is your birthday and you are not here. So I went to Hamburger Mary's tonight to celebrate your birthday. Brian and I talked about you. Yes, bad and good, but it was nice to talk about you at all. I once promised you I would never forget your birthday and it seems scary to let go of that commitement even after you are gone. I know you are somehwere out there and wish you a happy birthday my friend. I miss you terribly.



I can hardly believe it. I have only just heard this very sad news but feel incredibly lucky to have known someone who enriched so many lives. A beautiful person I knew so many years ago. Love from Australia. X

Steve Clancy

I've been reading this site and felt compelled to make a comment that I hope no one minds.

I didn't know Patrick nor sorrowfully had the opportunity to meet him. I am a distant relative by marriage through my wife's side but over the course of our lives together I had heard about him. It was as if he were this mythic celebrity living an exciting distant life that was mentioned in family lore on occasion. And just based on comments and anecdotes I could tell he sounded like somebody unique and someone I looked forward to one day meeting.

That day was supposed to be last week when my wife's sister was married in a surprise wedding in California and we were attending with her whole family. I had heard that Patrick had intended to be there and I looked forward to meeting this west coast contingent of extended family. Especially since I heard about a recent get together with him by other family members who referred to him as the 'Mayor of Los Angeles' who is just "a really great guy."

Regrettably, that day never came for us.

From time to time in life there are those that stand out from a background and require more of your attention. And I could easily tell that based on others perceptions alone that Patrick was one of them, and this website has now only confirmed it for me.

I feel regret for not having the opportunity to meet him and the rest of us in the world who missed out on him. But it sounds as if as I've read these comments and stories that it is only us who didn't know him that should have any regret. Because Patrick it seems, certainly didn't pass away with any, and you all were lucky enough to share time with someone special.

I take from this, some inspiration from his life and the importance of laughter in it, cause I couldn't help but notice how he is smiling in all the pictures.

Marty Sixkiller

I find myself coming back to this site more than I ever imagined. I never thought I'd post twice. I can't help myself. I start off with tears, saddened by his loss, and then read about the joy that he created and wind up laughing at some of the stories. Matt, thank you for this site! It's the most amazing tribute to anyone that I've ever seen. I think this is *exactly* what PK would have wanted... a positive way to remember him and smile. PKs sister hit the nail on the head in her eulogy... we should all try to live our lives a little more like Patrick did. God has blessed all who have know Patrick, and how has Patrick by His side.

Michael Savoia

Patrick was walking Cooper one day when I was walking my dog Buddy. I know most of the names of dogs in the neighborhood but I don’t always know the names of those walking them. Not so with Patrick; it was always nice to chat as long as Cooper would permit. I had been keeping an eye out for Patrick and Cooper and am really saddened by this news given me by Viking’s (German Shepard) human companion tonight. I will miss him.

Bill DeWalt

I first talked to Patrick on the phone in the spring of 1996. He was moving to San Francisco and wanted to rent the in-law apartment in my house. Although he hadn't seen the apartment, there was something in his voice that made me think he was a possibility. His warmth came through the phone and I wasn't disappointed when he became a great tenant. Patrick always included me in all his events in his life and I have fond memories of limos pulling up in front of the house for the premiere of Antz. He was a jewel of a tenant and a jewel of a friend.

Marilyn Bahr

I only knew Patrick through his sister, Maureen and she only had wonderful things to say about him. Her face was as bright as the sun when she talked of him. Now I know Patrick in another light - through the rest of his family and through his friends. I have attended many services in my life, but never have I been so touched by the love that filled the funeral home and the Church. Patrick will always be smiling down on those he loved - he will always be with you. I didn't know him, but my heart is heavy for all of you he has left behind.

Corey Skoviak

I don’t remember the first time I met Patrick. I just know that we were suddenly friends and it was as if I had known him my entire life. That amazing twinkle in his eye was so infectious, it made you feel as if the two of you shared some inside joke that no one else was in on. Patrick knew I’d been going through some tough times recently, and he was the first person to reach out and ask if I was ok. He offered his shoulder and advice easily - sometimes he offered the latter even when you didn’t ask for it! Once at Hamburger Mary’s, I made a rude, vodka-inspired comment about the general appearance of bingo winners and Patrick turned to me and let me have it with both flashing blue barrels. “There are no judgments in Hamburger Mary’s! No judgments!” Only Patrick could read me the riot act and have me apologizing for weeks afterwards, and when he accepted me back into his good graces, it was like mom wasn’t mad at me anymore. Patrick was more than just a friend to many of us; he was family. His holiday parties were legendary, and it always felt like I coming home when I walked through his front door. A hundred thousand welcomes - from the heart.

Patrick, this world seems incomplete without you. Part of me feels like we’ll always be looking for you. I know we won’t find you at your grave, but in the faces of the friends and family whose lives you’ve touched, in shared laughs… in a stranger’s smile.

Now that you’re gone, I see you everywhere. I love and miss you,

Graham Breeze

My memories of PK are so vivid - it seems like yesterday when I met him during the interview process at PDI.

The clarity of those memories probably had much to do with his larger than life personality, his contagious enthusiasm for his work, and his wornderful sense of humor.

I had always hoped to cross paths with PK in this life and I'm saddened that is now our of the realm of possibility (in this world anyways).

R. Durkin

I met Patrick when he was working at Vinton. He was such a great person. Always a smile, always something nice to say...always looking for something positive..even on his down days. I remember there was an ad for Skittles. He always hated the Skittles ads..but loved the slogan. "taste the rainbow". So whenever we would get board in meetings and felt like the topic was driving us whispers we'd say..."taste the rainbow"
I hadn't seen him or heard from him in a few years. Yet,if we were to run into each other I know he would make me laugh within minutes. I remember,in dealing with HR issues, he always thought of the other persons feelings and stuck up for them. I can't imagine the pain his family and close friends are going through. I think people who always make you laugh are pretty special...and Patrick ALWAYS made me laugh..and I can tell from these postings he will always be remembered. He was lucky! You can tell he had great friends!


Driving through the intersection of Crescent and Sunset yesterday and pointed out some flowers on the corner to them.
Today I got the sad news and this site.

Patrick, always a welcoming smile! You will be missed.

My sympathies to his family and friends...

Gida Batista

There is no way to describe the incredible impact Pk has had on my life, especially during my 7 years living in San Francisco. He was not just a dear friend to me, but he was family. We spent countless weekends laughing and entertaining ourselves with our twisted sense of humor. So many brunches, dinner parties, daytrips, holidays, and so much more. Our trips to the wine country was one of my favorites. We'd all laugh coming up with our own very unsophisticated descriptions of each wine tasting. It puts a smile on my face just remembering some of them, but that is no surprise since that is what PK was known for: Laughter..and lots of it. Of course there was more to Patrick than just the jokes..there was a sensitive side, a loving side, and a very creative side. Patrick was extremely talented, as a singer and as a photographer. He knew how to capture a moment in his photography...just a glance at his work, and you can see that instantly. As talented as he was, I don't think he ever truly realized just how much. I hope all those that read this will take the time to see his work if they haven't yet.

Patrick was definitely a unique soul with much to offer all those that new him. He loved his friends and he loved bringing us all together. The "whole bunch"..PK, Matt head, dave blizard, Cameron, and myself..a group that always knew how to create great memories. These are memories I will always keep in my heart. Thank you Kenney for being a very big part of them, and for giving me so much to smile about. I love you and I will miss you till my last day.

God bless you PK...I know you are singing with the Angels now..maybe an Amy Grant tune.

Love you forever,

Andy M

Patrick was a nice guy, I didn't know him well but the contacts I had with him made me sure he was one of the good guys. My best to his family and friends. Hang in there.

Mike Clausen

I have known Patrick for only a short time, but in that time, I am so blessed to have been a part of his life and count him as a friend. He was the most amazing man - always full of life, and so caring. Each time we spent together, was full of laughter. I am so grateful that I was able to spend some time with him while down in LA last month. Patrick- I will miss you terribly and I know that you will keep me smiling everytime I think of you.

Mike R

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on his tombstone from the beginning... to the end. He noted that first came his date of birth And spoke the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth... And now only those who loved him know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own; The cars...the house... the cash, What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard...Are there things you'd like to change? For you never know how much time is left, That can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real, And always try to understand The way other people feel. And be less quick to anger! And show appreciation more and love the people in our lives Like we've never loved before. If we treat each other with respect, And more often wear a smile...Remember that this special dash Might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy's being read With your life's actions to rehash...Would you be proud of the things they say About how you spent your dash? "author unknown"

These words exemplify the life Patrick Kenney lead and the answer to the question is unequivocally yes (we are all proud of the life that he lead and I know he would be too). And what a proud irish name he had. What a proud man. What a proud life. For when I think of Patrick Kenney, from the first time I met him at the Movie: Antz opening with Matt Head in San the time that he drove me to the airport when I left California, all I can think of is what a truly solid human being he was. Patrick led a life where he put the things that really mattered first and foremost in his life: friends, family and appreciation for all that is beautiful and good in this world. We should all aim to live the life that he lead...and that will be his lasting legacy...

Michael L. Rowady 10.18.05

Crystal Vaitkus

I am so pleased to find out about PK's work to be auctioned off for charity. I am a huge fan.I miss him dearly but am excited to think I might be able to take a piece of him with me. Patrick and I spoke of him photographing me and my boyfriend. We wanted a really cool picture of us for our brand new home. I knew that Patrick could really capture the hapiness that Dustin and I felt about our new home purchase. Plus, I wanted to get in there before PK became the next Steven Miesel!

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