Pixley Funeral Home


Jason Allen Kenward Sr.

November 27, 1983December 9, 2020
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Jason Allen Kenward, 37, of Detroit, Michigan passed away on December 9, 2020. Jason Allen Kenward Sr. (Jay), was born in Mount Clemens, MI on November 27, 1983 to Jill Kenward (Hemmen). Jill encouraged her extremely busy, but talented son to occupy his time in many different areas. He excelled in school, and always enjoyed sports such as hockey and baseball, swimming, and he even dabbled in modeling. His mother and grandparents provided an exciting and enjoyable life for him. Jason leaves behind to mourn his passing, his parents, Jill and Donald Hemmen; his children, Jason Allen Kenward Jr., Alayna Elizabeth-Jane Kenward (Antika), and Hayleigh Marie Kenward (Kia’lissa); his only brother, Donovan James Hemmen; his uncles David Kenward, Steven Kenward; and Aunt Dawn Slater; his cousins Michelle Vasquez, Amanda Williams and Tara Zachmann; Minnie and her daughter Niylah King and a host of extended family and friends that he loved dearly. Jay enjoyed finding new adventures and he loved to stay active and busy. He enjoyed motorcycles, working out with his only brother Donovan, and spending time with his family. His passion was physical fitness, and because of this he started his own personal training business. Jay was a man of many talents and to know him was to love him. His playful, sincere and humorous nature drew many people near him. Jason always had a smile on his face and in his eyes. His funeral service will be held on Monday December 14, 2020, at Pixley Funeral Home in Auburn Hills, MI.


  • Jill & Donald Hemmen, Parents
  • Jason Allen Kenward Jr., Son
  • Alayna Elizabeth-Jane Kenward (Antika), Daughter
  • Hayleigh Marie Kenward (Kia'lissa), Daughter
  • Donovan James Hemmen, Brother
  • David Kenward, Uncle
  • Steven Kenward, Uncle
  • Dawn Slater, Aunt
  • Michelle Vasquez, Cousin
  • Amanda Williams, Cousin
  • Tara Zachmann, Cousin


  • Visitation

    Monday, December 14, 2020


Jason Allen Kenward Sr.

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Laura LeBlanc-Jones

December 28, 2020

My many, many memories do not even include you in person, but are all about your life growing up. You were a very active child who excelled in athletics and giving love to your Mom & Grandma Jane. Those two worshiped the ground you walked on and that’s why you always had a smile on your face. You knew you were loved. I will always remember the last time we saw each other. You came down to SC with Don to deliver Danielle’s bedroom furniture. We had a great time hanging out in downtown Greenville and I will always cherish that memory since it was the last time I saw you. I know you are fishing with your Grandma Jane and loving every minute of it. Love you cousin 💕

Jackie Spencer

December 27, 2020

Jay, one last pic and reason to smile....Can’t forget Boo (Hayleigh).
Watch from above and protect her as I know you will.

Lovers Jac

Jackie Spencer

December 27, 2020’s another reason for that smile. ❤️

Lovers Jac

Queen Dee

December 27, 2020

Mista Jay 😂 when I say you are something else. I wanna FT you and call you a thot so bad and I can already hear what you gone say lmao. I keep reading that letter and it makes me sad but calm at the same time. I’m glad I was able to experience you in both a relationship and as friends. You my DOGG for this life and the next one. Rest easy boo.

Jackie Spencer

December 27, 2020

Jay, you always had a reason to smile and this photo represents just 3 of those reasons!
Continue to smile from above and visit the ones you your own time of course.
Until we see each other again 🙏❤️

Lovers Jac

Diamond (Queen.)

December 26, 2020

It’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you. I miss you so much Jason, I don’t care about anything or anyone but you. I don’t care how nobody feels none of that. All you can do is what you’ve done . I’m so happy you came into my life months ago, to have met you and experience what I’ve experienced with you is a blessing, you were my blessing. The man with the biggest heart. The night you died you made me promise things that I intend to stand on. Missing you has been the worst thing ever, I took our memories for granted. I now cherish them, I WILL never forget you, you left a mark on me no one has ever done that. You came into my life and swooped me off my feet. I cry but it’s not gonna bring you back. I cannot wait to see you again and hear you say I love you booty pooty♥️😂. And I miss you the mostest. Stay watching me at this point your motivation is my motivation. Yo deepest secrets is safe with me and I know mines safe with you 🤞🏾 Scouts Honor, TwinTwin😂😂 man I haven’t heard that in a while. It’s just a US thing I swear, I’m so sorry this happened to you and I wish I was with you through it all. But I wasn’t I’m not okay with that but I’ll be okay one day.... just always follow me bc imma always call on you... we Still in love.... forever jay, MYJAY♥️ Remember..... our last photo together forever 🥺😩 Oh and baby not only did I tell my daddy for you, but I told the world. 🥲♥️

Queen Dee

December 26, 2020

Mista Jay. I still feel like there’s so much to be said between us. I want you to know I’m sorry for not cherishing our last days together. We didn’t know it would be the end but I still wish we could’ve had more time to talk and share and just be ourselves with each other. I enjoyed every moment we had and I’ll remember them forever. Love always.

Minnie Kenward

December 21, 2020

Bae i will forever Have your last name so everything and everyone else don’t matter i know if you was here it would be us till the wheels fall off every holiday was about family ! You told me nobody u ever dealt wit compared to me ❤️You said i was the most beautiful woman you ever been with 🥰And u said no matter what you don’t wanna be without me and i believed u ❤️

Natasha Russell

December 20, 2020

My King, I just made it to moms today. I miss us chilling and watching movies together or how we used to go for rides sitting at the top of the hill in Minot. Not a day goes by without me thinking of you. I miss the conversations we had together babe, you made me feel like there was a solution to everything that occurred. Mom, Dad, Lavina, and Antie talk about how much you made them laugh while you were here. Lol
I miss how we used to dance in the kitchen, taste testing moms food, or how you used to instigate the little things snitching on me to mom. Lol. Or how we used to surprise each other with flowers and gifts. We always had something up our sleeve to make each other smile. We been through a lot within our time together.
Your my infinity and beyond as you would say! I love you baby❤️🥀

Satin Berry

December 19, 2020

Jay...I want to start by saying THANK YOU ! For EVERYTHING ! For being there when I needed you, encouraging me, being proud of me, for being you. I appreciate you for coming into my life. I love you... always have & always will. You will always be my craziest neighbor lol. Thank you for never saying no lol. You gave me whatever I asked. Thank you for spending your last happiest moments with me. I’ll never forget that night. Besides everything...we laughed & reminisced over pictures & more memories. You will always be my big honey bear. My El Mundo...FOREVER! Please watch over me & protect me like you always do. Cause you dogg & don’t nobody want no problems with you. “Remember I Always Loved You”- Jay
I’ve always loved you too Pooh. See you later



      Jason Allen Kenward Sr. was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Jason always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, outgoing and pleasant, Jason was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Jason was born on November 27, 1983 at Mt. Clemens General Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was born to Jill Kenward. Jason was raised in Macomb Township, Mi. Always able to express himself well, Jason possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life. Armed with a great wit, Jason was raised among many friends and family members.

      Jason was able to relate well with others. He felt like his close friends were his family. Jason has one brother, Donovan James Hemmen.

      As a young child, Jason showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Jason enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests including baseball, hockey, riding dirt bikes and swimming. He was an All Star 1st baseman all during Elementary school on his little league.

      Friends and acquaintances found Jason an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise him for being such a big hearted man. Later in life, he became friends with many people from all walks of life, all which he considered family.

      Jason was blessed with 3 children, Jason Allen Kenward Jr., Alayna Elizabeth-Jane Kenward, and Hayleigh Marie Kenward.

       A persuasive individual who was quick to make impulsive decisions, Jason’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. His primary occupation was personal training but Jason tried many different avenues for self employment, including buying a tow truck. He was going to start a towing company until he realized how expensive liability insurance is so he sold the truck, making a $10,000 profit!

      Jason enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were fast cars and his printing business. Jason was naturally a people person and liked to surround himself with many friends.

      Because he liked to take risks, Jason was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Jason was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were the Red Wings.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Jason truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were fast paced. Growing up he liked to spend time with his grandparents, fishing, canoeing, swimming and going to local events like the Monster Truck shows. Favorite vacations included trips to Florida and most recently Las Vegas.

      Jason was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Jason’s favorites was Ghost, a dog he owned recently.

      Jason passed away on December 9, 2020 at his home in Detroit, Michigan. Jason was lost tragically due to gun violence. He is survived by his parents Jill and Don, his brother Donovan, his children Jason, Alayna and Hayleigh. Services were held at Pixley Funeral Home in Auburn Hills, MI. Jason was cremated.

      Jason was the kind of person who could win others over easily. He had a big heart and could easily read people. He surrounded himself with those he trusted. Jason had so many friends. He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. If Jason had a theme song, it would be "Life is a Highway'. This is how everyone will remember Jason Allen Kenward Sr.