KENNEDY, James Alexander " Jake "

It is with sadness and heartbreak that we face the future without Jake Kennedy. For those who knew him, loved him and cared about him, knew a rarity. From the time his boys were born, he lived every minute of everyday for them. He did so by trying to be the father his dad was to him. Fueled by passion and guided by honesty, he fought, daily against injustice and for a healthy, stable and bright future for Kurtis and Cameron. The boys were his reason to continue to face adversity and against all odds he gave them more years than anyone predicted. Born James Alexander Kennedy on September 1st, 1957 he suited Labour Day, because he worked hard at everything he did. As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Navy) Jake sailed the world. Later, he found his true calling as a PERI, and began a love affair with fitness and coaching. He completed 11 Ironman triathlons, many runs and many miles on his bike. As an athlete, coach, mentor, trainer and leader, he held the respect of many for his dedication, discipline, sacrifice and desire to bring the best out of everyone he knew. Jake strived to be the best man he could be. A father, son, brother, uncle and friend, he loved life and as he left this world he told everyone that he was happy. Jake fostered genuine, heartfelt relationships with his family, friends and everyone extended him the same. For those who really knew him he was as dedicated father, son, brother, uncle and friend as anyone could be. In 2009 with his trusted friend Patricia, Jake accomplished a life long dream! He road the hard parts of the Tour du France route. He might not have been the fastest, but he rode with the most passion, the most fun and the biggest smile - Alpe d'Huez. Jake rode with the belief that, like Lance Armstrong, he could beat his cancer, and he did for years. Jake is survived by his sons Kurtis and Cameron, father Dan, twin sister Barb and extended family in Vancouver, Victoria and New Zealand. Predeceased by his mother Helen and older brother Brian. Heartfelt thanks to the doctors, staff and others who supported Jake through his final days. Thank you to the Gauthier family and Patricia, who have been and will remain a source of support, stability and safety for Kurtis and Cameron. Your generosity and unconditional friendship gave him courage and kept him strong and focused. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Livestrong Foundation, or we are in the process of setting up a memorial fund to support kids, fun and biking through Velocity Bike Club. A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future to allow for family out west to attend. If you are interested in attending please respond to the email provided and we will make sure you receive the information, or you can send a message to Kurtis and Cameron. Email address: tricoachjake@gmail.com