September 1, 2012 - It has been two years since the loss of my brother Kenneth. Our stepmom, Sally, and I visited his memorial site at Pacific View and shared warm, happy memories of him. We all miss him everyday. I know that life goes on, and time flies by us all. If you have any of your own memories to share of Ken, please do. We will never forget him.
Iwent to CSDR 1955 to 1959 and Class of E-1960
I went Golden West College 1977 to 1979.
I can't believe it has been a year. there are so many things I want to say but the one that really stays in my mine;
When Ken and Eileen came for my mother's unveiling they got on the ground in stormy down rain and kissed the stones of my mother and father. What I heard was Ken say to them. THANK YOU. Well I want to say, THANK YOU to Ken for being the special person that he was. He lives in my heart and my soul. I love you ken.
September 1, 2011 - This morning I went to Pacific View Memorial Park where we had a plaque mounted in honor of Kenneth. I feel inner peace when I visit my parents' "resting" places and have to accept that this is where I now go to visit my brother. I placed one of Ken's memorial cards on his plaque and gazed at the ocean where we scattered his ashes just a year ago. The wall his plaque is on sits on a hill, a very peaceful place with a view he would love. While I was driving away, a song came on the radio that seemed to be beyond a coincidence. "His welfare is my concern...No burden is he to bear...He would not encumber me...He ain't heavy, he's my brother." You're a part of me, little brother. You always will be and my love is everlasting. Always, your big sis, Ei
In my heart always and forever...until we meet again.
the last time I openly spoke about my cousin Kenneth, was at the memorial service our family had for him last year at the time of his passing..At that time I was still in disbelief of his passing and really didn't know what i was feeling except a deep sense of obligation and concern for our family..Just today I heard an old song that in a funny way inspires me.. it is "Walk like a Man" ..but this time I teared up and started to think about how my cousin, my brother, my friend Ken walked like a Man..not just any man but a great man..I know he walked like a this man because he had a inner pride that no matter what happened to him in life he would walked like the man that the men in our family we were taught to be..he was strong, tough, hard working, respectful, caring, kind and loving..today I am sad but I know I am a better man beause of the example he set forth for me.
There are times I want to email to see how you're doing, there are times I can hear your hearing aid ringing in the distance. A year or a day makes no difference. You are with me always - you and dad. I'll love you forever. Lori
From stepmom, Sally Algaze - One of my favorite memories of Kenneth was when he was just a teenager and I was pregnant with Lori. I told him I was going to take driving lessons. He was very, very worried. When I asked him why, he said he didn't want anything to happen to me. A little while later I told him I didn't really want to drive anyway. He was so relieved. That was when I knew he accepted me in his heart.
God bless you Ken, My friend in life and in Heaven. I miss you!.
Miss You Ken....
I can't believe a year has passed by. It was great seeing all the pictures in the album once again. Such GREAT MEMORIES I'll Keep FOREVER.
Dear Cuz Ken, as I said before, many years went by having lost most of our lives special events. But the one event that will always remain, was being with you during our cousin Maureen's birthday, when we tried to recap all those lost years in one days' event. Sharing that time with you, made all the years missed, come together. Your unbelivable personality, your great sense of humor, and that wonderful smile, will always be something I'll carry with me through my life...
I know your missed by many, but you can surely add me to the top of that list..
Love you, and all that you left behind
There's a place I've never seen, beyond the world we know. It's not on a map, there are no roads to take us there. It's a place of perfect peace where hearts are free from care. One day, we all will meet again. It would perfect to believe.
I will always have Ken in my heart of memories. Love, cousin Anthony
It's been a YEAR!! OMG.......time has a way of passing by on us.........GARY and I were just talking about KEN the other day When Gary looked at his FATHER ........I think it brought to his mind his friend KEN........because he was talking to me about Ken that day.........
I sure miss Ken’s sweet, funny and sincere demeanor. What a good man and great friend. I really miss our chats.
Ken, I always enjoyed getting together with you for a visit and a cup of coffee after each New Year. I will miss that. Dennis
Thank you Ken for keeping all of your sister Eileens and my secrets so many years ago...you were always in on the plans and never sold us out to your father...great brother and a great friend!I always smile when I think of you..now you know secrets that we don't.Sending you love and light..San
It is almost impossible to think our Ken has been gone for almost a year. We think of him every day, visit his memorial wall at Pacific View and find wonderful pictures of his life to share with loving friends and family. Ken, we love you.
Message from Sandra Adinolfi ,
There are no words to express my sadness to you ..I know how much you loved Ken and what he ment to you ...even though many pauses seperate us ...you will forever be in my heart..with love,San-
I dreampt about you the other night. I walked into this room no particular special room, you were there, turned to me and smiled. I was confused but woke up happy
As you can see from the photos, my little bro is now with our mother and father. There is not a day that goes by he is not in my thoughts. I forget sometimes that he is not here with us. Hopefully he is there, with them, in peace and love forever.
I cherished the time I spent with Ken and the family... Each year, I looked forward to a chance to catch up, talk, laugh and share some good stories. I just wanted to say how privileged I was to have a godfather and friend like Ken.
Since before I could speak, and every time after, Ken had the innate ability to make me smile, his infectious grin, a wonderful memory, will stay with me forever-
No more feelings of grief, no more sadness, a quiet resolve has finally come to me this day, though I'll remember you a lifetime yet still.
and... To each closest and dearest to Ken's heart, the family, I hope you have found or will soon find comfort and the gift he has left for each of us, " His Smile".
On Ken's birthday, November 20, the family scattered most of Ken's ashes in the Pacific ocean near Balboa, one of his very favorite places to live. On December 8, I scattered a portion of his ashes at our mother place of rest in Pine Lawn National Cemetery on Long Island, NY, near where we spent most of our childhood. The circle of life.
I remember Ken. We first met at Golden West College in the early 80s we chatted for a while and we talked a lot about investments. I remember him telling me exactly "invest in utilities as they never go down". Ken was also a mentor to Jeff P. at that time who was in GWC on a printing major. I met him again at the CalTrans office in Irvine lunch with Ronald F. who was their printer. He also stopped by our office in Irvine a few times in the early 2000's. Its too bad that my interactions with Ken was strictly professional and I never had the chance to get to know him on a personal level. Hes been one of the cherished community members and I'm happy to have known him and he will be missed by everyone at our agency.
My husban and son only met Ken once, once is all they needed, but yet he lives in their hearts. With me how do you explain our lives together while we were young. He showed me how to smile and to keep on smiling. To always be happy and alway love. Here was a man who had a heart that covered his whole chest.
Ken, you will be in my heart always and for ever. I love you,rest in peace.
There is so much more but the words are all in feeligs.
Phyllis, Ron and Jeffrey Schatman
I really miss my Great Uncle Ken. He was a truly great uncle. We had many fun times together, like playing Wii bowling. He was the best. I'll always miss you, Uncle Ken. Love, Noah
A lullaby for my uncle Ken from his niece Anastacia, with love... sang at Ken's memorial:
Well the sun is slowly sinking down,
and the moon is slowly rising,
And this old world must still be spinnin' round,
and I still love you,
so close your eyes,
you can close your eyes it's alright,
I don't know no love songs,
and i can't sing the blues anymore,
but I can sing this song,
and you can sing this song,
when I'm gone,
it won't be long before another day,
we're gonna have a good time,
and no one can take that time away,
you can stay as long as you like,
so close you eyes,
you can close your eyes it's alright,
I don't know no love songs,
and i can't sing the blues anymore,
but I can't sing this song,
and you can sing this song when I'm gone
Ken will be missed. He was a dear friend to my brother Gary. I will always remember all of the good laughs we had with Ken, Gary and Tom together. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed
Gina Andres (Gary's sister)
My Uncle Ken,
A man with a soft, yet heavy heart.
Always laughing, always smiling
Ken was so handsome, gorgeous blue eyes that I saw, even through his 1970’s style glasses. He had striking features that were truly those of my Grandpa Rudy. I always saw a glimpse of my beautiful Mother in his face as well.
He was a storyteller and I loved listening to his stories. Real or with some fabrication, it did not matter because I would be enraptured by his art of speaking, the fact that he even was speaking. There is no one else on this planet that I was as engaged with when communicating. So close, face to face- You always looked right into his eyes, conscious of your mouth, of your words, hoping he understood. It was so intimate connecting with someone in this way.
Despite my personal regrets of never learning sign language In an effort to communicate with him on a deeper level or just to make his life a bit easier, I realized that my family and I had our own special way of talking to him that was a language in and of itself. Annunciating our words with our lips and facial expressions. Being so cognizant of what came out of my mouth particularly in my case because I am so verbal. Speaking with my uncle helped force me to weed out unnecessary babble into a cohesive language that I wanted so desperately for him to understand. I was at his house one evening and he showed me his “bible” which was his dictionary. He told me he would bring it to the bathroom mirror and watch himself mouthing words so he could understand lip-reading, so he could understand us. That is phenomenal to me.
I know how proud he was of me and that feels so good. Through his adversities, Ken always saw me for exactly who I was. He understood me and I so appreciate that. The past 5 years in particular, Ken and I deepened our bond. We gravitated to one another when we were all together, we could talk about anything. He struggled through much of last year when my Mom was in treatment, out of fear I think and I felt him lean on me during that time. Perhaps I helped soften the burden of our reality at the time. I, too, looked to him because he was a light, literally, when he walked in the room –it lit up. I am not sure if that was because the senses he did have were so fine tuned- but you could see it. You could see the light and If you could not see it, you heard it.. He rang. The high pitch from his hearing aid sometimes made the room chime, particularly when he was laughing and I would find myself following that buzz, looking for him, looking for his smile.
I adored the relationship Ken had with my son, Noah. It was a pure, innocent, and honest. I know how much Noah loves his Uncle Ken. Always asking, “Is Uncle Ken going to be there?” before a family outing. He was enamored by him. Through my son, I was able to let go of how he should communicate with Uncle Ken and let their language unfold organically. It was beautiful to witness their interactions. Noah and Ken had something very special and I know Noah will remember him always. Noah said “Uncle Ken is with his parents now” and I choose to believe that. It feels good to believe that.
I loved how Ken loved my husband. He respected Dino, he honored him and I know he was so proud of my choice in a life partner. I am equally as proud and filled with admiration on how much my husband loved my Uncle. I enjoyed watching their connection evolve over the years and the level of adoration and respect for one another; as men and as family- was always evident.
There is already a void in our family. “Where is Ken?” “What time will he be here?”.” Is he bringing the lemonade to Lori and John's..or the apple cider on Thanksgiving?" He should be here.
He was much too young ..and yet sadly, I must admit..it was his time to go. He left the way he needed to and perhaps the way he wanted to. Ultimately, we should all be so fortunate to exit in that way..in control of our direction.
I feel confidant and without a heavy heart that Ken truly knew how loved he was. He knew what he meant to all of us.
I love my uncle so much. I feel lucky because I also know how much he loved me. (Well, he loved beautiful woman, always pointed them out to me…so there you go) Beautiful women and fast cars…he was such a dude.
I know that Kenneth is already resting in peace and for that, I am grateful. I will always love you; I will never forget you and what you have meant to my life. You will always remain so close to me, in my heart, forever and always.
Your Niece, Jennifer
From Ken's memorial host and nephew-in-law, Dino Bishop: After meeting Ken for the first time, 18 years ago, we established that we shared a similar passion for football and cars! I knew that at every family get together, Uncle Ken would be there and we could talk about Peyton Manning and the Colts, who Ken loved so much..and of course, my Cowboys! I always knew there would be an email in my inbox on Sundays during football season. Even if the Cowboys lost, his words were positive and respectful…he was a great sport and a true gentleman!
Like me, Ken loved cars- from Ferrari’s to Hummers. It was awesome to talk cars with Ken. He was ALWAYS shopping for a car. He knew the cost and specs of every make and model on the market, had the money, but never bought one. A perpetual window shopper!
And then there were the ponies. Ken loved the ponies. We went to Del Mar racetrack every year for 15 years. We had so much fun, the whole family-Picnicking in the infield, bringing enough food and drink to last 5 days. Picking our horses, placing our bets…win or lose; we always had a great time.
As much as Ken meant to me personally, our relationship elevated to another level and meant even more when my son Noah was born. I always loved the way Ken was with my son. He was so playful. He made Noah laugh so much and taught him funny phrases in sign language. I will never forget the epic WII bowling tournaments on Christmas mornings at our house! It was clear that Noah and Ken had something special together…he truly was a GREAT Uncle.
I always related to Ken. He had the most wonderful sense of humor. He could always make you smile. I respected him immensely. He was a steady, solid, blue-collar, back-bone- of-America kind of man. I feel honored to have known him and I will certainly never forget him.
i was so very saddened to hear about ken. he was came into my life 61 years ago and never left it. the smiles, the jokes, the constant questions, some of which he already KNEW the answer, the quick responses, the probing for knowledge, and his love of life in total will always stay with me. he just lit up a room when he entered and everyone in our family adored ken. i remember when i took him to ft. dix to stay with me at the officers quarters one weekend. he was six or seven at the time. took him with me to drills and manuvers and was beaming the whole time. i think he always remembered that. i know his dad, uncle rudy, did. ken, you were loved so very much and now, you will be missed so very much. to eileen, his sister/mother and all the family i send my most deepest regrets and love to you all, cousin anthony avitable
Eileen and Lori: You were the best sisters that Ken could ever hope for. He was lucky to have you both in his life. With all our love, Albert & Barbara
I don't remember Ken but I am sure he was family and I am sorry for the lost. My he RIP
The most amazing thing about Ken was that, with all the adversity and life challenges that he faced, he always retained his sense of humor. A strange sense of humor, indeed, but an endearing and admirable quality.
I'll miss the challenge of communicating with Ken, which required a level of concentration and desire that few things in life do.
The Staff at Newport Bay Terrace Apartments, his long term residence,
will miss Ken's cheerfulness to all the people he encountered at the complex. All of his neighbors were very sad to hear of his passing.
Our Best Regards to his family.
Gabriel Martinez NEWPORT BAY TERRACE APTS
To our loving family; Eileen and Lori - your brother was a shining light to all who encountered him, we will miss his wonderfully warm smile and love.
Melissa Algaze & Paul Fischer
Our beloved Kenneth is no more. We will not see him again in the way we have all our lives. We will not turn to him for his warm-hearted and youthful spirit. And that is a terrible blow, not only to me, but to other family members, friends, colleagues and those in the community who had the privileged of meeting him.
It is difficult to soften the loss of a person who enriched our lives. We will mourn and I hope that this universal concern will bring comfort to those closest to him — for grief is a heavy load but when shared it is easier to bear.
My Uncle Ken was able to communicate as both a kid and an adult. As a child, I recall feelings of great joy, captivated by Ken's endless supply of animated adventures. Kenneth could transform a drive down PCH to the market into a Amazon jungle excursion. His gift continued to touch his niece Caitlin and great- nephews Jake and Noah.
Ken had an unending joy of spending time with family and friends. His life was a testimony to the meaning of celebration, particularly during evening feasts. His heightened awareness of the sense of smell, due to nerve deafness from birth, was expressed in his joy of eating. Ken became ecstatic during Italian seafood meals. After a few pounds of Blue Claw crabs and steamers with pasta on the side, or a whole grilled lemon and pepper chicken, Ken would start smiling and laughing, as he mimicked the round shape of his belly with his hands and filled his checks with air. As a kid, I remember how he loved to grill during the summer in t-shirt and shorts after long Balboa Peninsula bike rides.
Ken was able to live with spiritual simplicity while immersed in modern society. He had the ability to comfort and advice friends. He had the ability to express a quiet, peaceful and confident presence. Ken had the ability to use silence as a soothing form of music, which I could hear when my mind was calm.
He applied himself diligently to the printing trade. He valued being a loyal worker and had the ability to bring light-heartedness to everyone he touched. I remember visiting his printing department.
Fellow employees informed me how much they enjoyed Ken's presence and their visits to his press made their day. Ken had the gift of freeing people from daily stress through laughter.
A light has gone out. For the light that shone was no ordinary light. Kenneth reminded us that no matter what our age, keeping a childlike heart brings peace and "disarms" people, allowing communication to flow freely. He taught us that it is okay to dream, experience excitement and celebrate in the healing power of laughter.
There was so much more for Ken to experience. He wanted to "walk the Earth" in an RV or in race cars, and invest more time trying to decipher the stock market, pick winning horses and continue to learn more about computers.
But now he is no longer here to remind us of the richness of living in the moment and how there is genius the nonverbal expression of human emotions.To our beloved Kenneth: all who shared in your life will mourn your passing. We will never forget you. – Your loving nephew, Dean Kenneth Leonardi
Cousins-We will all miss Ken, such a warm, sweet and gentle man. I know this loss was sudden, and that you all are heartbroken over his passing. Please have comfort in knowing that Ken is with his loving parents now, smiling down on all of us, in peace. Sending our love, Amie (Avitable) Amacher, husband Zack, daughters Allison and Kimberly
You and me, forever, bro.
Dearest Lori and Family,
So saddened to hear about the loss of your brother, Kenneth. It is never easy to lose a sibling. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but knowing you, Lori, for all these years, I am sure he was as fantastic as you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Gina
Eileen and family, I am so sorry to hear about Ken passing. Ken was such a sweet soul. He was such a kind, caring and gentle man. I worked with Ken for many years at the title company, where Ken made many friends. I loved his witty and happy nature. Ken will be missed by all who knew him. I am so sorry for your loss.
With sincere sympathy,
Dear Eileen and the rest of the OC Algaze's,
We are so saddened to hear of cousin Kenneth's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of mourning. Kenneth always brought so much brightness and joy when he entered a room. We will miss him so much.
Eileen and Family, We will always remember Ken fondly. He worked with Gary for many years until Gary retired in 2006. Ken was a very special person. God Bless,
Gary and Dianne Anderson
From the entire team at Gustafson Brothers Huntington Beach; Ken can rest in peace knowing he made a difference in the world. Rudy was always proud of Ken. We will miss Ken.
Dear Eileen, I am so sorry to hear about your Dear Brother.I hope the New Year brings you and your family health, happiness, and peace in the New Year. Your friend, Annette
Dear Aunt Sally, Eileen and Lori, My heart and all my love to all of you. I was so young when he left for Cali...but yes I can still see his smile and all we did was joke and laugh when we were lucky enough to be together. We are such a close family and a big piece of the structure is now gone. I love you Ken...rest in peace.
Eileen & Family, It has been many years since I have seen Ken, but the photo you posted with his playful smile, brought back memories. From updates over the years, I know he remained that warm, loving person he was as a young man, and that you were so proud of him. I know he had a special place in your heart and that he will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to all who are grieving his loss. Love, Carol
Eileen and Lori: it has been more years than I can remember since seeing you and Ken but I remember only the good times and sorry my husband John never got to meet Ken because he would have really liked him. Ken-rest in peace with your mom and dad and grandparents. Ina (Algaze) and John Getzoff
I will always remember my cousin Ken as being so kind and loving to all of us. Our lives were so intertwined when we were youngsters, our mothers were sisters and we spent endless hours together in Brooklyn and at our homes on Long Island. The last time we were together was a few years ago in Florida. We had a wonderful visit, reminiscing,laughing and maybe shedding a few tears. He was a wonderful example to all of us.I loved him dearly.
To: Eileen,Lori,Sally,Dean,Staci,Jennifer, Caitlin,Jake and Noah my heart is heavy for all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, cousin Carol
Ken, oh Ken, the times we've shared. I guess only you, I and the angels will ever know. You've left a part of your heart with me and all who were fortunate to know you. Through your struggles and passion for life you have helped me to become a better man and so, I thank you and will always remember what we alone shared together. My heartfelt love to all of your family, and each and every one of us especially now. With hopes and beliefs that we, will all carry your enchanting smile and warmth each and every day, as a reminder of how truly precious life together really is.
Your Cousin and True Friend Forever.
Dear Ellien & Family, I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Kens passing. The last time we saw on another was at cousin Mareens 60th Birthday Party, & I replied to Ken ,How is that ou can Talk & hear Now after all these years since I have seen ou last. He said to me, everyday my Dad would teach me 1 word until I got it right and I also took out 1 earring-aid HA! HA! He joked around ABOUT TAKING OUT THAT 1 hearing aid,so I can hear only what I want too! HHe made me laugh... My prays go out too all of you! As you all Know that I too, have lost my husband CHIC after 33 yrs, Love Always your cosin Patricia in Fl.Now
Dear Sally, Eileen, Lori,
We are very saddened by Kenneth's passing from this life.
May God truly give you His peace at this time.
I wrote a poem to his tribute:
Even though you were with us for such a short while,
We remember your warmth and incredible smile.
You always loved those who loved you,
Especially our family all the years through.
We loved your stories told in your unique way
With a flavor of humor that brightened our day.
You are always in our hearts and forever will stay.
We love you,
Cousins, Bob and Maureen
To all my dearest cousins and there families.
I am terribly saddened to hear of Kenneth's sudden passing. There can be no words that can express my deapest sympathy to all of you.
Although there's been many years and many miles that seperated us, our childhood memories still are engraved in my heart.
I know he was special to all of you, and that he will be missed by all..
My sincere thoughts and blessing are with all of you at this time.
With all my love
Dear Sally, Eileen and Lori: You can't imagine how shocked we were to learn of Kenneth's passing. Our love and condolences go out to you all. He was a wonderful person and will be much missed. With all our love, Albert and Barbara
Kenneth, I will never forget your beautiful smile and that incredible warmth -- such a special human being. You made this Earth a better place. I will miss you, and am so glad to have known you.
Dearest Eileen & family:
We are terribly saddened to learn about the sudden loss of brother, uncle and great uncle Kenneth Algaze. Adrienne had a chance to meet him and says he was a lovely man - and though I didn't have the chance to know him I am aware of the close relationship he shared with Eileen, and I'm sure each one of you. We realize that he will be greatly missed and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
sincerely with love - Tammy Lechner & Adrienne Helitzer
It has been many years since we have seen you but have gotten closer while our mother, Catherine Braccia Leko was ill and finally passed away on August 2, 2010.
We hope and pray that Kenneth is at peace.
Donnamarie, John & Georgina
Ken, I will never forget your beautiful smile or your incredible warmth; such a loving human being. You made this Earth a much better place, and I will miss you.
It is with a sad heart that I reminisce all the times we shared together your smiles, laughter and tears. I will miss you but never forget you. I only hope you found your Dad and Mom and are Happy. Love Judy