Mark Kennedy, 1952-2009, part-time Vail resident
Mark F. Kennedy, 56, of Greenwood Village and Vail, died Sunday while helicopter skiing in Canada.Mark was born May 9, 1952, in Milwaukee, Wisc., and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He attended Hawken School in Gates Mills, Ohio; earned a bachelors degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. Mark began his career at the law firm of Thompson, Hine and Flory, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1993, Mark and his wife Suzy relocated from Cleveland to Denver.Mark was a founding partner of the Denver-based civil litigation firm Wheeler Trigg Kennedy LLP. He was apassionate advocate for his clients and a seasoned trial lawyer with in-depth experience in representing franchisors in litigation, arbitration and mediation throughout the country. Avid skiers, Mark and Suzy and their beloved dogs, Brenna and Maddie, divided their time between homes in Greenwood Village and Vail. They were members of the congregation of Trinity Church of Edwards. Among the charities generously supported by Mark were Hawken School and The Denver Dumb Friends League.He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Virginia Kennedy, of Shaker Heights, Ohio.In addition to his wife, Suzy, Mark is survived by his brother, Dr. Alexander Kennedy and his wife Maggie, of New Hampshire. He will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews, friends and colleagues.A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Horan & McConaty Funeral Home, 1091 Colorado Blvd., Denver. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Kennedy Scholarship Fund, Hawken School, 12465 County Line Rd., Chester Township, OH 44040, or The Denver Dumb Friends League, 2080 S Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231; or Wheeler Trigg Kennedy Foundation, c/o Howard Jenkins, 1801 California St., Suite 3600, Denver, CO, 80202.