We'll miss you Irene

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It is with great sadness that I write this post.  Our lovely, vivacious and beautiful Irene Kennedy passed away on Wednesday.  I don't know all the details except that she was battling cancer for awhile now. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Irene a few times with the most recent in Atlantic City in April.  She was just the sweetest and even shared her famous RainDance with us bringing a smile to each of our faces.

She touched many lives, mine being one.  Rest in peace sweet Irene, we miss you.



Posted by

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comments (137)

Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Like so many others, I did not know. Inna told me, and told me about this blog. It is so sad.

Dec 10, 2011 10:54 AM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

What?!!! This is so sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and to everyone who loves her.

Dec 10, 2011 05:34 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

My prayers go out to Irene's Family. We will miss her. I got to know her through our Master Minds group. She was always enthusiastic and full of energy.

Dec 11, 2011 06:51 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Kerrie:  What a shock.  I read about Irene's passing on Pat Kennedy's post.  Although I did not "know" Irene, I "met" her through one of those photos on the "Featured Post" blog roll that had a picture of her with her commission check.  I pursued that lead, and found this video of her doing her "dance."

I ended up doing a blog post about her dance, and just thought she was the sweetest person.  My heart hurts right now.  Irene's family, and all who knew her as a friend must be hurting greatly.  My thoughts are with them.

And you... Miss Kerrie.  How sweet of you to write this remembrance of Irene.  I can only hope to be remembered as lovingly.

To use your words, Kerrie... Rest in Peace, Sweet Irene.  You will be missed.

Dec 11, 2011 11:20 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Kerrie~my last impression of Irene will be what you have posted with a delightful and real woman, being her joyous self. I think she would REVEL in being remembered this way! (I also really appreciated what Phil said, and the beautiful posts that Craig and Mona have written).

Dec 12, 2011 01:52 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Wow this is news to me.  I just found out after reading Pat Kennedy's weekly post.  So, so very sorry to hear this.

Dec 12, 2011 02:13 AM
Judy Orr
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale AZ and surrounding towns

Very sad news and I had no idea until I read Pat Kennedy's post.  Rest in peace Irene.

Dec 12, 2011 03:25 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Kerrie, I somehow missed this until I read Craig's post.  I met Irene for the first time at Raincamp NY.  We just happened to sit near each other and her warmth, vivacity and livliness won us all over.  She will be bery much missed.  I'm just so sorry that I had no idea she was ill.  I would have loved the opportunity to let her know how much she was appreciated.  Thanks for posting her dance.  It's how most of us will best remember her - with life, sparkle and humor.

Dec 12, 2011 06:15 AM
Susanna Haynie
CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor GRI CNE MCNE ePro MRP

I am so sorry to hear this news. God bless, thoughts and prayers to her family.

Dec 12, 2011 08:42 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good evening, Kerrie. So sad to hear the news. It would be nice if AR had a special cloud for all those rainers that have gone on...

Dec 12, 2011 10:55 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

We seam to be hearing more and more issue with our AR friends.  But, I guess as the family grows so do the amount of problems. 

For this season i am wishing for good health for our family.

Dec 12, 2011 11:04 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Kerrie - this is such sad news and Irene was a friend and fellow Jersey girl. She will be very missed by so many at Active Rain. I love the fact that she didn't take life or herself too serious and could always make us laugh and smile. I had a great time with her at Active Rain - so sad.

Dec 12, 2011 03:48 PM
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868

RIP Irene.  I didn't have the pleasure of getting to know you here at AR but  your video is a hoot.  I'm sure your family and friends will miss you dearly.

Dec 12, 2011 11:15 PM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Kerrie - I was sad to hear of Irene's passing. I remember she won a video contest that I ran here on AR awhile back. She was also super-supportive of TLW and her own battle. Witty, smart lady.

Dec 14, 2011 03:46 PM
Linda Lorenzo
Coldwell Banker Apex - McKinney, TX
GRI, North Dallas/Ft Worth

Sometime life is just not fair.  So sorry to hear of her death.  Maybe she is doing that rain dance in heaven.

Dec 18, 2011 08:53 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


               I did not know her but it is always said when someone passes especially at this time of year! I like the idea of a "rain cloud" for all those who have passed! I will keep her family in my prayers!

Dec 19, 2011 07:24 AM
Brian Kennedy

My family just discovered this blog, and thank you all.  My sister Irene was a tremendously thoughtful person, and it is so overwhelming to here your community express their admiration for her. For those of you who don't know, Irene was diagnosed this summer with lung and oral cancers, and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Basking Ridge throughout September and October.  Her husband Chip was by her side and cared for her in the most loving manner possible, right up to her passing at Overlook Hospital on December 7th.

Thank you all for taking time to share your thoughts about Irene and helping her live on in all of our memories.



Here's a link to her obituary in the West Orange Chronicle, our hometown paper growing up:



Dec 19, 2011 01:03 PM

Irene's brother Brian just sent me the link.  Im so overwhelmed.  Just when I thought I was "getting it together," you guys reduce me to tears again.  Being married to her for seven years,  I of course knew of and embraced her many gifts, but none more so than how she  touched people's hearts and offer a helping hand wherever she went.  She was loved.  I just never knew how widely and how deeply.  Over the course of her short real estate career, she valued her association with the "rainers" above all else.  She had so much fun making her videos (I was always the reluctant cameraman).  She always had so much fun, period.  It was a sad day for her when she was no longer able to keep in touch with you and to continue her blogging.  My heartfelt thanks to all of you for bringing great joy into her life.


Chip Mandell

Dec 20, 2011 01:09 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Brian - Thank you for sharing with us a little more and for including the obituary.  Your sister was the nicest, sweetest girl and she touched a bunch of us here on AR and outside.  I'm so very sorry for your loss and hope you find a little comfort in knowing our Community is praying for you and yours.

Chip - I can just imagine your face behind that camera..."what is she up to again?!?"  I'm glad you did it because she brought us joy over and over again.  She is missed and will never be forgotten. 

Dec 20, 2011 04:12 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


I did not know her but my thought and prayers are with her friends and family.

Dec 20, 2011 04:57 AM