I am sorry to be so delayed in adding my deepest sympathies to Kevin's family. I am deeply stricken by his passing.
Kevin and I met at Main Street School in September 1962 and became fast friends. We must have presented quite a Mutt and Jeff image when we, both recently jilted, went to the eighth grade graduation party together as good "buddies" in June of '63.
Amazingly we remained good friends over the following 49.5 Years!!
I sought Kevin's counsel at many "turning points" in my life. His advice was always loving but direct and occasionally jarring. He was a close and comforting presence as I watched my parents fade into another world in the early '90's.
He went out of his way to gather with me every time I was in Danbury --as late as last June when he looked well and seemed happy.
Others have commented elegantly here on all the abilities and attributes that he brought to his and our lives. I will not attempt to do any better.
I will simply close by saying that there is a hole in my heart that will never be filled with his laughter or song again and sharing part of poem that brings me comfort in knowing that his presence and impact on our worlds will always be with me.
What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosphic mind.
Peace with you my friend.