MADISON - Dennis D. Kennedy, affectionately known as Denny and "DK," passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, Feb. 1, 2015, of apparent sudden cardiac arrest.

Dennis was born on July 24, 1953, to Donald and Mary Jean (Gibbons) Kennedy in Madison. He is survived by three brothers, Kevin (Kit Albrecht) of Madison, Brian (Christine Bartell) of Portland, Ore., and Kyle (Nikki Peterson) of Madison. His three nieces (Sara, Mary and Ashley), and his nephew (Sean), were the light of his life. He was blessed with a wealth of loving friends and family.

Denny was a wonderful son, a great brother, and a loyal and giving friend who enjoyed a good pun and a good beer. He loved crossword puzzles and wordplay and no one could make a joke like Denny. One of Dennis' greatest pleasures was skiing and he embraced every opportunity to hit the slopes. He was a longtime ski patrol member and Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) instructor at Cascade Mountain. Within the ski patrol community Dennis was bigger than life. He was not just a teacher and mentor, but a positive influence and friend to all. Dennis skied throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to his passion for skiing, Dennis also loved to sail, iceboat, sailboard, and most anything that would get him out on the water. Dennis was a longtime member of The University of Wisconsin Hoofers Sailing Club, and sailed regularly in races at Mendota Yacht Club and places farther from home such as Grenada.

The lives of his family, friends and acquaintances have been enriched immeasurably by his love, kindness and his humor. Dennis' family is planning a celebration of life memorial on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Visitation and Mass will be held at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI. Visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and the Mass will be held at 12:30 p.m.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cascade Mountain Ski Patrol, c/o Thom Rabaglia, W10990 Lakeview Drive, Lodi, WI 53555; to St. Peter Catholic Church, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI 53704; or to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, P.O. Box 2271, Madison, WI 53701.

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