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KENNEDY, Laura Jeanne (nee Kapteyn)

May 2, 1958 – August 7, 2011

Laura Kennedy passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 7, from a brain tumour.

Laura was born in Lethbridge, AB and completed high school in Solina, ON where she graduated as valedictorian of Courtice Secondary School. She attained her B.Comm degree from McMaster University where she met Ron. Shortly thereafter she earned her Chartered Accountant designation. After working for various accounting firms, Laura most recently was a partner at Kennedy Kroeker, Calgary. Her friendly and honest demeanour along with her intelligence and professionalism made her an asset to her clients. Her kind and loving character made her an admired wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Laura loved to spend time with her family and in May took a memorable trip to Europe with her daughter Danielle, returning to support her son Ian as he trained for and earned a spot on the Alberta Rowing Team. Her passion was quilting with her circle of friends and she enjoyed skiing with her children and mother, and curling with her husband.

Laura is survived by her husband Ron; daughter Danielle; son Ian; mother Barbara Kapteyn; sisters, Leslie (Russ) Desjardins and Barbara (Richard) Oland; brother John (Christine) Kapteyn; mother-in-law Kay Kennedy; brothers-in-law Tim Kennedy (Debbie) and Allan Kennedy (Audrey). She was predeceased by her father James Kapteyn and father-in-law Corbett Kennedy. She will be sorely missed by her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Laura’s family extends their deepest appreciation to everyone who supported them through this difficult period.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Laura’s honour to the charity of your choice.

In living memory of Laura Kennedy, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Brian, Robina, Ian, Amy and Dana Berdusco :

    Ron – we are so sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. We offer our dearest condolences to you and your family.

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  2. Margaret Blank :

    I am so sad to read of Laura’s death. I was privileged to work with her, as well as to share her love of quilting, and I remember her kindness when my husband died in August, 2006. Ron and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I am so sorry.

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  3. Laara Zimerman :

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Laura’s illness and now her passing. I will miss her good humour and sound advice, as will many others.

    We offer our sincere condolences to her family in this difficult time.

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  4. Teresa Chavis :

    As a friend to Christine, I realize the loss the entire family has suffered. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. May God’s peace provide you comfort and sustain you in the days ahead.

    Teresa and Bill Chavis

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  5. Dan Wulff and Sally St. George :

    We are shocked and saddened to hear of Laura’s passing. New to this country, we only knew Laura through her helping us with our taxes. In those few “business” encounters, we could feel her warmth and generosity – what an amazing person! Our thoughts are with her family.

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  6. We had the honor of being Laura’s clients for over 20 years, following her from firm to firm. We all became work friends, the rewards of which were far reaching and for which we will always be grateful. Laura’s work-ethic, skill and professionalism was only surpassed by her integrity and good humor. We will always miss you dear friend.

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  7. Pauline Matthew & Chris, Michelle & Laura Kowalsky :

    Chrissy & John, we are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your sister/sister-in-law. You and your family are in our prayers.
    “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
    May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”

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  8. Dear Leslie and all of Laura’s Grieving Family,

    My heart breaks for all of you as you say goodbye to your precious sister, daughter, wife, mother, aunt, friend. I am a close friend of Leslie’s and never had the pleausre of knowing Laura, but I am thinking of all of you at this time of such painful loss. I will make a donation in her honor to HAVEN, a non-profit that helps care for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

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  9. Ron, I work with Christine Kapteyn and know John, both fine people. You have my sympathy and my prayers in your tragic loss. May God bless each member of the Kennedy and Kapteyn families and bring you peace.

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  10. Gil & Elsie Frontain :

    Dear Barbara; Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at the loss of your dear Laura. Memories of your family in our Riverview NB neighbourhood many years ago are recalled at this time.
    Sincerely
    Gil & Elsie Frontain, and Denise, Richard, Diane and Jeannine

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  11. Mike DeNicola :

    I am one of Laura’s clients. She has done my taxes for several years – professionally and with cordiality. I was surprised by the news of her passing and will miss her.
    May I offer my sincere condolences to her family.

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  12. To Laura’s family

    Laura was a very special person. Although I only knew her from the years she helped with my taxes, I felt she was my friend and I looked forward to seeing her.
    Words cannot express the feeling of loss her passing creates. We shall all miss her deeply.
    Please accept my condolences.

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  13. John and Beth Brannan :

    We are deeply saddened by Laura’s sudden illness and passing. We always enjoyed and respected her professionalism and quick humour. Our condolences and sympathy go out to her husband, family and friends.

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  14. Marilyn Conley :

    I am so sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. She did my taxes and was so helpful and kind when I was going through a difficult transition in my life. My deepest sympathy to her family. I will miss her.
    Sincerely,
    Marilyn Conley

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  15. Diane & Don Bradley :

    To all of Laura’s family:
    We extend our deepest sympathies in your very sad loss.

    Diane & Don
    (Don is Betty Kapteyn’s cousin from Calgary)

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  16. Jim & Ann Burroughs :

    We were clients of Laura and are very saddened by the news of her passing. We respected, trusted and appreciated Laura. Please accept our condolences and prayers for Laura and the family.

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  17. Tony Clevenger and Carmen Campos :

    We were SO lucky to be clients of Laura’s. She helped us immensely with our difficult cross-border tax issues. She was a pleasure to work with – such a kind and compassionate person. We are deeply saddened to learn of her passing. Our thoughts are with the Kennedy and Kapteyn families in this difficult time.

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  18. Sheila , Fred,Rob and Leah Wong :

    Dear Danielle and family,

    Thinking of you and sending our love at this very sad time. Such an unimaginable loss for all of you.

    Sincerely,

    Sheila, Fred, Leah and Rob

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  19. Charlene Hodgson :

    I am so very saddened to hear of Laura’s illness and passing. I had the good fortunate to meet Laura through a working relationship. She helped me and many employees with the difficult expatriate and cross-border tax issues. Laura was an intelligent, passionate and kind person. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends at this time.

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  20. Michael & Julie Vikken and Family :

    Ron and family we are deeply saddened hear about the passing of Laura. We offer all of you our heart felt condolences. Laura was a very special and loving person.

    Michael, Julie and family.

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  21. I have had the pleasure to get to know Laura, Ron and Ian through rowing. Ron and Laura had an amazing love and their passion for their family shone through in their children. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you! May her spirit live each day in the hearts and souls of you all!

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  22. Jack and Martha Jenkins :

    We are still shocked and saddened over Laura’s sudden passing. We were clients of Laura’s for eight years and thought of her as a trusted friend because of her compassion, caring and competence. Her service to us in preparing our taxes was always outstanding – she was a pleasure to work with. We will miss her deeply. Our prayers go out to her family to whom she was clearly devoted.

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  23. Cathie, Ian, James and Laura McKernan :

    We extend to all of you our deepest sympathy for the sudden lost of dear Laura, your wife, mother, daughter, sister and special friend.
    We send you our love, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Peace be with all of you.
    With love, Cathie, Ian, James and Laura McKernan (Barrie, Ontario)

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  24. Grant Thomson :

    I am truly saddened to hear of Laura’s passing. I’ve been a client of hers for the past 5 years. Not only did Laura do outstanding work, but more importantly she was a ray of sunshine every time I spoke with her. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.

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  25. The Ploss Family (Diane, Aileen, Percy and David) :

    Our deepest condolences. Thinking of the Kapteyn and Kennedy families, here on Ontario, through this difficult time.

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  26. Ron, our deepest condolences to you and you family. take care.

    God Bless

    Matt Neil.

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  27. Jennifer Horner :

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of Laura’s sudden passing. I first knew Laura at McMaster, and then, as we were both accountants with similar professional interests, we kept in touch on and off through the years. When I think of Laura it is her vitality and energy that I remember, as well as her friendly manner. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  28. Tammy Thornton :

    My deepest sympathy to family and friends and may your memories help you through this difficult time.
    (Oshawa, Ontario)

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  29. Lori Summers King :

    My deepest sympathies to the Kapteyn and Kennedy families from Indiana. I will say special prayers for everyone tonight.

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  30. Kim, Neil, Katelyn and Thomas Robinson :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your sudden lost of Laura. Remember her always with love and happiness of the good times shared together as a family.

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  31. Shocked by the news of Laura’s passing. just found out today and was actually talking about her on a professional basis. My sympathy and thoughts to the family.

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  32. Claudia and Steve Rudkowski :

    Claudia and I are truly sorry for your loss. The speed at which her illess presented itself and then took her from us is shocking.

    Laura and I spent many a lunch hour walking through Confederation Park. Laura would tell me how much she was enjoying the walk; to get out into the fresh air. She would always say that she enjoyed walking with me because I made her walk so quickly.

    Laura, we miss you.

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  33. I was deeply saddened and surprised to read of Laura’s passing this week. Laura was kind and generous in sharing her knowledge, intelligence, and honesty in our taxes the past few years. We all have friends and colleagues who, when we think of them, make us smile and feel good because they bring a certain uplift to our lives. Laura was such a person, and we shall miss her deeply. Please accept our heartfelt condolences to your family.

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  34. Frances Chapman :
      Dear Barbara
      I did not know your daughter or her family, but I do know that you have lost a precious child, and I can only imagine how awful that must be.
      Frances Chapman
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  35. Catherine Baker Lidstone :

    Laura’s family,

    So many of my childhood and teenaged years memories involve the Kapteyn family, a strong, devoted family. Laura left her footprint in many hearts, I have no doubt. She will be missed and thought of by many. My deepest sympathy to all.

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  36. Sue Proulx and Fran Forand :

    Ron and family,
    So sorry to hear of Laura’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ron, I still remember the summers you and your brothers used to spend at Grandpa Harvey’s on St-James Street in Granby. That was quite a while ago. So sorry to hear of Uncle Corbie’s death as well. We really loved him.
    May God bless you in this trying time.
    Love,
    Fran and Sue

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  37. Jean B. Dinnigan :

    Larry and I would like to offer our sincere condolence on the loss of your daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  38. Tara Gauthier :

    I am still shocked about this. Laura was a wonderful, caring person and she will be missed dearly. I will always remember her looking at me with a smile on her face at work all of the time and telling me that I should bring something healthier to eat rather than taquitos from 7-eleven for lunch every day. She always knew how to make someone smile or laugh. Laura, I will miss you…and to her family…I give my deepest sympathy.

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  39. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Laura’s family at this very sad time.

    Laura’s engaging manner and comsumate professionalism were appreciated by all who met with her.

    Bob & Nora Cuddihy

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  40. Shawna Quigley :

    Laura’s Family

    I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Laura but my late husband valued her tremendously for the mentor and friend she had become to him as he was establishing his accounting practice in the last 18 months. He talked many times of how special she was. My deepest sympathy to everyone.

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  41. Anita Poscente :

    My sincerest thoughts and prayers to out to the entire family at such a difficult time. Laura was a kind, gentle person and will be missed Deepest sympathies to all

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  42. Mike Wenig & Brenda Ballachey :

    Our sincerest condolences to Laura’s family and colleagues. Laura was our accountant and due to her great work over the years we kept adding an additional extended family member or small corporation for her to look after. More importantly, Laura was extremely friendly and caring — a really wonderful person with whom we always loved to talk. We will miss her very much.

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  43. Kathryn Casciato :

    I was so shocked to hear of Laura’s illness and passing. We were the best of friends in high school at Courtice. We continued to keep in touch after she moved out west through Christmas cards where we traded pictures of our kids. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this incredibly difficult time. Love to you all, Kathryn, Guido, Adam and Connor Casciato (Knox)

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  44. Kirk & Nathalie Dunn :

    We would like to send our deepest sympathy to family and friends. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Laura was a wonderful person who always strive for excellence. We will miss her.

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  45. I was saddened to hear of laura illness and extended my deepest sympathy to your entire family.

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  46. Rachel Colabella :

    I was so sorry to hear of Laura’s sudden passing. Laura and I used to work together on the occasional cross-border planning file, and I really enjoyed working with her. She was a lovely person and will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.

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