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American journalist, bar owner dies in Kaohsiung at age 55

American journalist, bar owner Brian Andrew Kennedy died in Kaohsiung on Christmas Eve at the age of 55

Brian Andrew Kennedy. (Photo by Thomas Konig)

Brian Andrew Kennedy. (Photo by Thomas Konig)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- An American former journalist and owner of a bar in Kaohsiung passed away on Christmas Eve of complications from a stroke, and his family has composed the following obituary to commemorate his life:

Brian Andrew Kennedy, 55, of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, passed away on Dec. 24, 2018. A native of the Washington, DC area (a proud Marylander), Brian moved to Taipei in the late 1980s, and except for some brief moves back to the U.S., he spent the rest of his life living on the island.

Kennedy spent his first 12 years working as a journalist in Taiwan, including a seven-year stint at Taiwan News from 1991 to 1997, before moving on to work for Dow Jones. He also freelanced for the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and major media outlets.

In the late 1990s, Kennedy moved to Kaohsiung and eventually purchased the bar Dick and Cowboys in Niaosong District in 2008 and renamed it DC Stage. DC's charismatic proprietor could be seen behind the grill cooking up delicious ribs, as well as onstage playing the blues harp with local bands.

He is also known for his consummate style, his love of political argument, and his unimpeachable ethics. Kennedy is survived by his devoted wife of 19 years, Shu Chun (Jean) Kennedy of Kaohsiung, his sisters Susan Kennedy and Denise (Phillip) Foreman, nieces Emma and Charlotte Foreman, and nephew Ben Foreman.

Kennedy was predeceased by his parents Jack and Janet Kennedy and his older brother, John Kevin Kennedy, all of Centennial, Colorado, US. Kennedy's loving Taiwanese family includes his mother-in-law Mrs. Xiu Fen Huang, brothers-in-law Hank and Jay Huang, sister-in-law Ai Zhen Huang, niece Lula, and nephew Ben.

He also leaves behind an enormous and loving community of friends in Kaohsiung and all over Taiwan, as well as in the US, Canada, and beyond. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 104 Guangfu Rd., Fengshan Dist., Kaohsiung City.