A tribute to Hayden Michael Kennedy (February 12, 1990-October 7, 2017)

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic
—Van Morrison

Out of respect for our wish to keep the ceremony intimate, immediate family and close friends are invited to celebrate Hayden’s spirit and the life journey he’d begun with Inge Perkins. We will gather at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado, beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017, to pay tribute to the compassionate and independent son, companion, lover, and friend Hayden had become in the short time we all shared with him.

For those who cannot attend, we will post video of the tribute and service on YouTube approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of this ceremony.

Hayden and Inge touched many lives, and if you’re not with us in Carbondale we ask you to gather with friends that day, or perhaps simply spend time outdoors with their spirits. Light a candle. Hug someone fiercely. Bake bread and share it. Go climbing or skiing or running, or sit still with the wind.

It will be cool in early November in Carbondale; it may rain or snow; and darkness will fall all too soon. Pack your puffy jacket, shell, hat, gloves, and headlamp. We’ll have seating but a few extra camp chairs wouldn’t hurt. Please bring a candle and lighter as well.

Parking will be limited, and we encourage you to ride, walk, and carpool out to CRMS. We will be running shuttles from public parking in Carbondale as well. For further details or any questions, please contact Lisa Dawson at Ldawson120@gmail.com or 970-456-7570 and she will direct your query to the appropriate volunteer.

In Hayden’s memory, the Kennedy family along with the Access Fund, Black Diamond Equipment and Patagonia have established a fund to fight for the preservation of public lands, a cause Hayden cared for deeply. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to this important national cause. For more information go to www.haydenfund.org

—Michael and Julie Kennedy


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