Kevin Edward Segady passed away on February 21, 2018. He was 61, born in Colorado Springs to Edward Stephen and Ellen Elaine (Michael) Segady on March 19, 1956.
Mr. Segady attended Wasson High School, then went on to receive his B.A. in Political Science and his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS, as well as an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. He worked for School District 11 since 1999 as a Social Studies and Special Education teacher. He believed passionately in public education and dedicated his career to helping students find their place.
In the mid-90’s, while working at MediaPlay between careers, he met the love of his life, Suzanne Garnish. They married on January 20, 1996 and embarked on a journey full of laughter, sunlight, football and dogs that lasted for 22 years.
Kevin loved the outdoors and cared deeply for the environment; he enjoyed his time on the golf course, hiking, and after his quadruple bypass in 2016 he took up bicycling. He also enjoyed woodworking and watching the Packers and the Steelers. Part of the reason he was a fan of the Packers is that the team is owned by shareholders, average people with average lives. He liked that. He was able to impart his love of the game to Suzanne, who learned to love it by watching it through his eyes.
Native American history and spirituality held a deep resonance for Kevin; he felt a special affinity for the Lakota and Plains tribes, and the birth of a white buffalo calf affected him profoundly. He collected the art of Donald Vann, a Cherokee painter, and had hoped after retirement to teach on a reservation.
Kevin read voraciously, and he was passionate about the politics and history of this country. When a subject caught his interest, he read everything about it, delving as deeply as he could. He explored subject after subject, studying Jefferson, Lincoln, the Civil War, and most recently the Civil Rights movement, focusing especially on Dr. King and the Kennedys.
The thing people noticed most about Kevin, along with his seeking intellect, was his profound compassion, his eye for the outcast, the one who didn’t quite fit in. He loved all his students, but the misfits were his favorites. He could be counted on to notice the ones who had to work a little harder, who spent their time around the perimeter. He spent the early part of his career working at alternative schools; his big heart was with the kids with challenges, who struggled to find their way in the traditional education system. He knew how to support the other teachers, too; he knew when someone needed advice or just an encouraging word. His wry sense of humor had a way of showing up at just the right time.
His supportive spirit also showed itself in his care and compassion for other sepsis survivors.
Kevin was a kind, gentle soul; he loved animals, and animals loved him. His dogs, Grace and Hailey, were his best girls, his children. During the holidays the church up the street would stage a Living Nativity; Kevin went every year, just to pet the donkey.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Suzanne; his brother, Tom Segady; his sister-in-law, Gayle Berardi; his cousins, Beth Evans and Pam Mark; and his dogs, Hailey and Grace. The Eagles said it right: “Love Will Keep Us Alive.”
Gone before are his parents, Edward and Ellen, and Sammey, the Wonder Dog.
If you’d like to honor Kevin’s memory, please consider making a donation or volunteering for the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, www.wolfeducation.org, National Mill Dog Rescue www.milldogrescue.org, or the Sepsis Alliance www.sepsis.org.
A Family Reception will be held from 2:30pm to 6:30pm Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Return to Nature Funeral Home parlor. The public is welcome to come and go during that time of visitation with the family.
Services are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado www.returntonaturecolorado.com