Thursday, December 20, 2007

Kenny's Memorial Service

Here is the news from Patagonia on the service for Kenny, see you there! Here is a link to the Newspress Obituary.

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Dear Friends, I hope this finds you well. This has been a week of remembrance, heartache, support and healing. We're all finding our own ways of dealing with the loss of our friend, Kenny Harbaugh. Today we learned the details of the memorial service for Kenny. The service is open to everyone and will be held at: Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel 450 Ward Drive Goleta, CA 93111 (805) 965-5145 Directions from Patagonia: North on 101 Merge onto CA-217 S toward Airport/UCSB Take Hollister Avenue exit - Exit 2 Turn left onto Hollister Turn right on Ward - to 450 Ward Drive Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21st, and at 5:00 p.m. there will be a blessing and time for sharing remembrances. The family has requested that the service be simple, peaceful and happy. A table will be provided to place special remembrances and photographs for the family. Although the family mentioned with a smile that "Kenny wasn't much for flowers", you are welcome to send flowers to the funeral chapel. I think Kenny's family would appreciate it. Attire for the service is "come as you are". It will be closed casket, but the family wants you to know that Kenny will be wearing a t-shirt, comfortable shorts and flip flops. The family also said that if you choose to come in biking spandex, you need to look better than Kenny did! After the service, the family will leave and you are encouraged to gather together on your own to celebrate and remember Kenny. Kenny's family has requested that they continue to be given privacy in the family home moving forward. Today's moment of silence was both difficult and healing for all of us. So many employees and friends participated, both serious and novice cyclists. Kenny would have been proud, especially since we went up the hills slowly - just how he likes it. I've attached a photo before the bike ride today and also a recent photo of Kenny. I'm humbled by all of the strength and support I've witnessed among us this past week. We've conveyed this to the family throughout the week and I feel they have found comfort knowing Kenny was always surrounded by such love and support. I know that the caring and kindness we've shown for each other during this sad time will continue into our happier moments at Patagonia. Pedro Jose pedro j lopez-baldrich usa 805 667 4795 "live simply so that others may simply live" -Ghandi

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