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Norwalk Jogger Remembered as Fun-Loving, Funny

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk man killed while jogging Saturday was loved by everyone he worked with, according to a man who called The Daily Norwalk Monday.

Kenneth James Dorsey, 44, worked at OEM Controls Inc. in Shelton for more than 22 years and worked part-time as an event chef at Watson's Catering of Greenwich, according to an obituary posted by Abriola Parkview Funeral Home. "He was the greatest guy, the nicest guy in the world," said the man, who would only identify himself as Charlie.

"You would go to work and he would just make you laugh," said Charlie, who said he worked with Dorsey at Watson's Catering and considered him a friend, even if they didn't see each other often. "He was silly and funny, a kid at heart. It's really a tragedy."

Dorsey was born in Bridgeport on Jan. 19, 1968, the son of Leo and Marlene Klembara Dorsey. He was a 1986 graduate of Shelton High School and a 2005 graduate of the Center for Culinary Arts in Shelton.

Dorsey was an avid New York Yankees fan. There is a Yankees t-shirt pinned to a telephone pole where he was hit Saturday, as well as a sympathy card created by children.

Survivors include his companion, Dawn Jeffrey of Norwalk; a brother, Matthew Dorsey of Florida; a sister, Jennifer Gaito, and her husband, Robert, of Shelton; two nieces, aunts and uncles, a great-uncle, several cousins and his friend and former wife, Kathleen Dorsey of Seymour.

His funeral will be held Thursday in Milford.

Charlie was surprised to hear that Dorsey was 44 – he had thought Dorsey was 10 years younger. "He was a youthful guy, fun-loving, sweet – the best," he said.

Commentors to The Daily Norwalk agreed.

"He always had a way to make you smile, no matter how bad the day seemed," wrote khern, who said she worked with Dorsey. "I am deeply saddened by his death, and words cannot express my sorrow for the family. The worst part is not having the opportunity to say goodbye."

"Anyone who knew Kenny loved him," wrote CTguy1. "He was so much fun to work with. He always had a good joke and the best laugh. If you were in a lousy mood, Kenny always made you feel better. He'll be missed."

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