Ken was a mailman for 35 years. He worked hard and was very conscientious. He also felt compelled to assist his elderly neighbors and postal route patrons. He didn’t just deliver the mail, he would sometimes stop in and make sure his patrons had what they needed, leave their mail on the table and continue on his route. Other times he would return on his days off to help them out by doing yard work, home repairs or painting. His dream for his retirement was to move to Maine and live a simple life. He loved to cook, fish, garden and just be outdoors. In April 2012 Ken was ready to retire and live that dream. He filed his retirement papers with the Post Office and a few weeks later was diagnosed with Angiosarcoma. He had his first chemotherapy treatment on his 55th birthday. Ken never lived that dream. In April 2013 he lost the fight.
Ken left behind three adult children whom he loved dearly. He also had a cherished 3 year old grandson. He predeceased both his loving parents and left a hole in the hearts of his younger sister and big brother. He had a fiance, who was his soulmate, that he hoped to grow old with and sadly did not. (pictured with him)
Ken was my brother. I promised him I would be there for him throughout his fight. He allowed me to keep that promise but I think it was for my sake more than his. The experience showed me what a courageous person he really was.
Hearts are broken every day in this world because of a terrible disease. Please show your support to help the fight so that we can begin to heal. —Debbie Tencza
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