1933 -2012 S. W. Kenneth Vermeulen died on October 5, 2012 at home after a long battle with illness. He was 79.
Ken was born in Somerville New Jersey May 4, 1933. A man of extraordinary passion for life, Ken spent his entire adult life in the Berkshires.
Ken joined the army
and after arms and leadership training became an M-1 Rifle instructor at West Point. He began his entrepreneurial career founding The Kenver Archery Company in Great Barrington, specializing in custom arrows shipped around the world. Within a few years he opened Kenver Sporting Goods on Railroad Street with his close friend Ernie Beckwith, specializing in hunting, fishing and the new world of skiing.
Over 40 years ago he and his family moved to South Egremont and founded Kenver Ltd., the award winning winter sports store. As a lifelong sportsman he excelled in fly fishing, off shore saltwater fishing, skiing, tennis, bicycle racing, track and field, hunting, landscaping and gardening. In addition to his athletic talent, Ken was a teacher and mentor to scores of young people who were committed to living life to the fullest.
During the last decade Ken moved on to develop his longtime passion for sculpture and furniture making with salvaged wood from native trees. He established KenverHomeworks and collaborated with likeminded individuals creating custom tables and home furnishings.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lucinda Fenn-Vermeulen, his daughter Cheryl Vermeulen Collins, her husband Chellis Collins, their daughter Ashley Collins of Washington DC, their son Braden Kurt Collins of West Springfield, his son Brad Vermeulen and his life partner Linda Crowley of Natick Ma, his son Lance Vermeulen, his wife Cara and their son Chase Stryker Vermeulen of South Egremont, his brother John Vermeulen and wife Vicky of Rancho Murietta CA, along with cherished members of his extended family.
Ken is predeceased by his fourth child Kurt who died at age 26 and his parents Jack Vermeulen of Holland and Elaine Downey Vermeulen of Barbados.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of the life of Ken Vermeulen will be held at the South Egremont Congregational Church on Friday October 19th at 4:00 PM.
The Vermeulen family will receive friends and acquaintances from 2:00 PM until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers or gifts in Ken's memory the family asks that you donate to The Ken Vermeulen Project Native Nature Fund, Project Native is a non-profit native plant farm, nursery and wildlife sanctuary in Housatonic. Donations may be sent through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com