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Kenneth Bryant Thulen

Windsor, Conn. — Kenneth Bryant Thulen, 38, of Windsor, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 22, 2013, surrounded by his family, after battling colorectal cancer.

He was born November 7, 1974 in Hartford and grew up in Windsor, graduating from Windsor High School in 1994. He played Varsity Hockey and Lacrosse and went on to coach Windsor Youth Hockey. Despite the good natured ribbing from his friends, he managed the Windsor Girls Field Hockey Team; at times participating in practice as though he was a player. He also played adult league indoor soccer and taught snowboarding.

Kenny loved the outdoors and being active. He enjoyed hiking, snowboarding, fishing, kayaking and his visits to Key West, Fla. He was also an avid New York Yankees fan.

Kenny lived in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Colorado before moving back home to be near his family. He was a fun uncle, who loved his family dearly and will be remembered for his loyalty and willingness to do anything to help others. He will also be remembered for his ability to always make you laugh, whether it was from his horrible jokes or silly antics. That ability even crossed over into a career as a Chili’s manager. He could often be heard saying that he needed to go to work to save lives, “If people don’t eat, they die.”

He is survived by his wife, Nicole (Bolduc) Thulen; his father, Philip Thulen, Jr. and wife Paula of Windsor; his mother, Virginia Thulen and her partner Walter Jabs, Jr. of Springfield, Vt.; his brother, Philip Thulen III and his girlfriend Brenda Ransford of Windsor; his sister, Brenda Soriano and her husband Jon of Sandy Hook, Conn.; nieces, Shelby Cosgrove, Sophia Soriano, and Maci Thulen, nephews, Christopher Thulen, Noah Thulen, Owen Thulen and Joseph Soriano. He also leaves his dogs, Lily and Cookie.

His family will receive friends on Friday, March 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. A celebration of Kenny’s life will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 12 p.m., also at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home. Donations in his memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.