Obituary for Aaron Kimel

(For the background on this, please see this earlier blog post)–KSH.

From here:

Aaron Edward Kimel, 32, died in the early hours of June 15, 2012, in Roanoke. Aaron lived most of his childhood in Highland, Md. He attended the Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, S.C., where he was the football team’s all-time leading rusher. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2001, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Physics, and continued to study Philosophy for two years at the University of Washington. He later graduated from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in 2010, after which he moved to Roanoke. He was a lifelong scholar with a passion for Civil War history, comic books, and all the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, of which his knowledge was encyclopedic. From infancy, he celebrated a lifetime of love and loyalty for the Washington Redskins.
Aaron is survived by his parents, Alvin F. Kimel Jr. and Christine McKenna Kimel; his siblings, Alvin Kimel III, Bredon Kimel, and Taryn Kimel; his grandparents, Ninon Kimel and Georgene McKenna; his aunts, Ninon Koch, Kathleen Kelly, and Patricia McKenna; his uncles Richard and Joseph McKenna; close family member cousin Ninon Alexandra Kimel; and his three closest friends, Brian and Jill Barrett and Laura Hirshfield. Aaron was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvin F. Kimel Sr. and Edward C. McKenna; his uncles, Edward and Lawrence McKenna; and his beloved cat, Jean-Luc.
The funeral will be held at St. Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Catholic Church in Roanoke at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Aaron’s name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at

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10 comments on “Obituary for Aaron Kimel

  1. Sarah says:

    Deeply saddened.

  2. Paula Loughlin says:

    My deepest sympathy to his family, may their sure and certain hope in the Resurrection give them comfort in their time of grief.

  3. QohelethDC says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Aaron, his family, and his friends. May the Spirit, who intercedes for us in sighs too deep for words, comfort all those who mourn.

  4. Kendall Harmon says:

    My prayers are with the whole family this week.

    If you click on the link for the obituary you can see a nice picture of Aaron.

  5. Ad Orientem says:

    What a terrible tragedy. My condolences to the Kimel family in their bereavement. Memory eternal.

  6. driver8 says:

    Prayers for all the family and for the rest of the soul of Aaron, beloved of the Lord.

  7. Alta Californian says:

    He and I appear to have had a great deal in common. I will pray for him and for all who, for whatever reason, find themselves at such extremity.

  8. William Witt says:

    My prayers are with the Kimel family, but especially with Al.

  9. Bookworm(God keep Snarkster) says:

    Deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers.

  10. Clueless says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers for the whole family, particularly Fr. Al and Aaron.