Stephen Patrick Kinsella

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Stephen Patrick Kinsella died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at his home in Durango. He was 34. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Mr. Kinsella was born July 4, 1977, to Stephen and Angela Kinsella in St. Louis. Growing up, he developed a love of music and all that is creative and artistic, his family said.

As an adult, Mr. Kinsella was passionate about caring for those in need, his family said. He was an active volunteer for St. Louis Effort for AIDS, working in the testing and counseling department.

Later, around 2005, he began a six-year career at the Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center, where he worked in a variety of capacities. Initially he worked primarily in mobile outreach, finding individuals who were homeless and in need of services. He went on to work in the housing department, where he helped assess needed home repairs.

Mr. Kinsella was raised in the Catholic Church and later became an active member, along with his family, of Vineyard Community Church in St. Louis. He was baptized in the summer of 2009.

In 2007, Mr. Kinsella married Breeah Kinsella in St. Louis. A love of the mountains brought the couple to Durango in the fall of 2010. Mr. Kinsella attended The River Church, and he participated in a life-changing mission trip to Uganda in 2010.

Mr. Kinsella loved the outdoors, primarily camping, hiking and four-wheeling.

“The greatest loves of Patrick’s life were his wife, Breeah, and his two daughters, Chloe, age 15, and Lily, age 3,” his family said. He was a playful father who enjoyed chasing, wrestling (and often infuriating) Chloe as well as showing Lily how to play a child-sized guitar and run after their two beloved dogs, Seamus and Lucy, they said.

Mr. Kinsella is survived by his wife, Breeah Kinsella, of Durango; daughters Lily Kinsella of Durango and Chloe Kinsella of St. Louis; special friend Caroline Shore of Durango; plus an uncle and aunt and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012, at The River Church in Durango.

A PayPal account under the email address has been established for all donations to the Kinsella family.