Turf & Rec

Celebration of life planned for B.C. superintendent

January 14, 2019  By  Mike Jiggens

Jan. 14, 2019 – David Kennedy, superintendent at the Vancouver Golf Club, passed away on New Year’s Eve at the age of 54. He had been in ill health the past two years.

A celebration of his life is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Seymour Golf & Country Club.

Having moved to Vancouver from Winnipeg in 1966, Kennedy spent his years on the North Shore enjoying the many benefits of the local mountains and golf courses. He loved his adventures with friends and family on numerous ski and golf trips, including skiing his way through resorts in Europe, several back-country ski trips north of Pemberton, many winters working and skiing on Mount Seymour, ski racing, and flying down the bike trails of Mount Seymour and Banff with friends.
He spent nearly 40 years in the golf industry from his start at Seymour Golf and Country Club, a degree in turf management from Olds College in Alberta, superintendent at Gorge Vale in Victoria, and ending with his longtime service as the superintendent of the Vancouver Golf Club. Among the highlights of his career was the Vancouver Golf Club’s hosting of the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in 2012 and 2015. He was elected to the board of the Northwest Turfgrass Association in 2016. Golfers, from weekenders to accomplished amateurs and professionals, have all enjoyed the benefits of his skills and passion for the sport and his course management.
Kennedy is predeceased by his parents, Don and Noreen Kennedy, and infant brother, Edward. He is survived by brothers, John, Jim (Grace), Don (Susan), Rod (Paige), and Mike (Janet), along with numerous cherished nieces and nephews.
Thanks have been extended to the health and care staff at Lions Gate Hospital, Capilano Care Home, Evergreen, and supporting care members on the North Shore for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lion’s Gate Hospital Foundation or to a charity of choice would be appreciated.

For more information, contact don.w.kennedy@gmail.com or macdanno@telus.net.


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