LORING, Kenneth R. Kenneth R. Loring, family man, entrepreneur, problem solver, gearhead and self-styled "kid from Weymouth" resolved his quarrels with cancer and departed on a king tide under the glow of the super moon on November 14, 2016. He enjoyed his final days at his Scituate home in the care and company of his wife, children, grandchildren and life-long friends. His was a wonderful life.|
Kenny celebrated Flag Day by arriving on June 14, 1947 to his parents, Ralph and Marjorie (Gifford) Loring in Weymouth, MA. A lifetime of tinkering, repairing, investigating, analyzing and operating was established early, principally at the side of his father or Uncle John Loring. Graduation with the class of 1965 from Weymouth High School and a stint at college were soon eclipsed when Ken discovered motorcycles. He would truly never be the same. Nor would he ever recover from his attraction to Mary Alice Dwyer (Mal). Their marriage lasted a lifetime.
Ken and Mal's children, Michael Loring of Norwell and Meghan Pelton of Scituate, were at the center of Ken's life. Mike's marriage to Jody Baumgartner and Meg's marriage to Javan Pelton enabled Ken and Mal to welcome Summer Loring, Audrey Loring, Coco Pelton, Ben Loring, and Jasmine Pelton to the family. Affectionately known as "Gumpy", Ken's days with his grandchildren were among his most rewarding.
Affable, often humble and always curious, Ken was a natural in the world of retail and his career was kick-started with a perfect fit at Boston Cycles. Ken's analytic nature persuaded him that there was a genuine future in retail and soon he was a principal in Boston Bedroom which matured into Boston Interiors in 1979. After forty years in retail, the "BI" brand stretched from Mashpee to Burlington and from Westborough to Saugus, with locations in between. Ken led a dedicated and devoted staff at Boston Interiors until his retirement in early 2016.The many long- term Boston Interiors associates were like family to Ken. His positive perspective on life was reflected in his management style and he always recognized the team's contribution to the success of BI. Many in the furniture industry grew to recognize Ken as a marketing force and leader in merchandising techniques.
Ken was forever enraptured by the "hot set-up" and his enthusiasm for a pastime was infectious. Despite never having sailed a day in his life, he purchased a used sailboat and promptly set sail. Several years later he was racing throughout Massachusetts Bay, becoming a regular at the Scituate PHRF races. Riding motorcycles wasn't enough; he had to collect old British bikes and rebuild them from scratch in his shop at home. One day he came upon a red Jaguar that unleashed years of interest and enjoyment in antique and collectible autos. Auctions in California, Arizona and Florida became vacations and visits to Vermont were excuses to check in with a Bugati expert. Other examples abound and all his exploits possessed the same passion, excitement and pleasure. A discussion with Ken was legendary for his inclusion of great detail and analysis. Kenny never pursued an interest passively. Whether it was his collection or a friend's project, he never held back.
Ken was extremely generous and caring. His positive outlook on life was reflected in his favorite saying: Carpe Diem, a message that will be long remembered by his family and many friends.
Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday November 19 at 10 AM at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Visiting hours will take place on Friday November 18, from 4 PM to 8 PM at the Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd., SCITUATE. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. For info and online condolences www.
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Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 16, 2016