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It is with deep regret that the Stamford Fire Department announces the passing of retired Fire Captain Daniel “Dan” Francis Kennedy.  Dan passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at the age of 77, surrounded by his loving family. He was a hard-working husband, brother, father and grandfather. His generosity and “gift of gab” will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Dan was born the oldest of three children to Francis and Margaret McAuliffe Kennedy in Stamford, Connecticut on December 1, 1945. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Mary; son Colin Kennedy of Stamford, CT; two daughters Kerry Kennedy of Brooklyn, NY, and Kaela Jordan and her husband Jonathan of East Longmeadow, MA; his grandson Connor Kennedy Jordan; his brother Kevin Kennedy of Stamford, CT and sister Patricia Nagy and her husband Andy of Hinesburg, VT.

He graduated from Stamford Catholic High School in 1963 and went on to the University of Connecticut and Sacred Heart University. He joined the Army in 1967 and was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany for two years.

His love of firefighting began as a teenager at Belltown Fire Department in Stamford. He joined the Stamford Fire Department in 1980. He adored the job so much that he always said “I never worked a day in my life. Firefighting is the best job in the world.” He received his degree in Fire Science from Charter Oak Community College. After a dedicated career, he retired in 2009 as a Captain.

Upon retirement, he moved to the Oxford Greens Community in Oxford, CT. He enjoyed playing golf, pool and poker with his many new friends. Dan loved going on cross country road trips with his beloved wife and Mustang convertible. They visited 32 states in recent years. He also enjoyed laying on a warm beach in the winter in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the summer.

His other lifelong passions were classic cars and motorcycles. His prized 1955 Chevy won many awards. He worked part-time for Toyota of Stamford for 54 years, first as a car salesman and then as a warranty administrator.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April, 5th, 4pm – 7pm at Bosak Funeral Home at 453 Shippan Avenue in Stamford, CT. A Prayer Service will be celebrated at 7pm. A private burial service will happen at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Dan can be made to Tunnels to Towers ( https://t2t.org/donate/ ), a charity that provides aid to firefighters and service members and their families.

If you wish to make an online remembrance for the family online, you may sign the family guestbook at www.bosakfuneralhome.com or www.facebook.com/bosakfuneralhome .

Retired Fire Captain Daniel Kennedy Has Passed Away

Posted: March 31, 2023
About the Author: Captain Philip Hayes
Captain Hayes is a 31-year veteran of the Stamford Fire Department. He is currently assigned to the East Side Fire Station #4 on Shippan Avenue. In addition to his regular Fire Officer duties, he is a Public Relations Officer, the developer of the StamfordFire.com website and serves on the Departments' IT Team. He is also an avid fan of Fire Department history.
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