February 25, 2024

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Family, neighborhood remembers Dee McCoy

Fire crews at the scene of a house fire in the 200 block of N. Kenmore Street on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in South Bend.

SOUTH BEND — Officials have determined the guy who died Thursday in an explosion and fire on Kenmore Street, as the man’s loved ones and close friends remember him as a group fixture and warm man or woman. 

Dee McCoy, 68, was in his property in the 200 block of Kenmore on Thursday close to 11 a.m. when neighbors heard a loud “pop” and called 911. As South Bend firefighters responded to the explosion and ensuing hearth, McCoy’s spouse and children and neighbors gathered in shock just after mastering of McCoy’s death.

“He was quite loving, very warm,” explained Shirley Roe, McCoy’s sister.  

Canneth Lee, McCoy’s nephew and a Frequent Council member, said his uncle was a mainstay on the west side of South Bend.

“He was a pretty special individual. Always telling jokes, often uplifting folks and encouraging,” Lee explained.