Howard (Ken) Frederick Kenworthy died peacefully on September 24, 2013 at Universal Healthcare Brunswick in Bolivia, N.C. He resided in Oak Island where he lived with his son James and daughter in-law Barbara until recently moving into Universal Healthcare.
Howard was born September 7, 1919 in Ludlow, the son of George and Bertha Kenworthy.
He graduated from Black River Academy in 1937 and Bay Path College in 1938.
He married Geraldine Farrar of Chester, on June 19, 1942, the daughter of Raymond and Adelia Farrar. Geraldine was the love of his life and she passed away on December 6, 2012. Howard and Geraldine loved to travel and visit their many lifelong friends. They had celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 19, 2012 and will now be together again.
Howard joined Company B, 172nd Infantry in 1940. His military service took him to Camp Blanding Fla., Ford Ord, Calif., and then to the Cook Island, Aitutaki, in the South Pacific. He was promoted to Master Sergeant and had the duties of Sergeant Major of his Force. His service ended in 1945.
He then joined the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. and after 25 years with that company, started his own General Insurance Agency in Chester, and later in Brattleboro, with Geraldine as his partner. In Brattleboro they also established a successful real estate business, Kenworthy Realty. In 1974 they sold their insurance and real estate businesses and moved to Clermont, Fla., where they became real estate brokers for Outdoor Resorts near Disney World.
Howard was very active in the communities where he lived and served as an officer for the Disabled American Veterans in Rutland, and the Salvation Army in Brattleboro. He was a past Vermont Sate Director for the Good Sam Club, Vice President of the Brattleboro Rotary Club and Past President of the Vermont Tourist Club in Deland, Fla. He was also an active member of the Shriners and Elks organizations and was a proud 65 Year member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his daughters, Norma Wilcox and husband Forest Harlan of Chico, Calif. and Barbara Esada and husband Kenneth of Ventnor City, N.J.; sons James Kenworthy and wife Barbara of Oak Island, N.C., Dr. Paul Kenworthy and wife Ellie of Burlington.
Howard took great pleasure in sharing in the lives of his five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His grandchildren are Richard Kenworthy and wife Roberta of Cary, N.C., Jeremy Kenworthy and wife Tamara of Clayton, N.C., Lee Esada of Gaithersburgh, Md., Allison Kenworthy of Washington, D.C. and Graham Kenworthy of Oxford, OH. His three great-grandchildren are Nicole and Melissa Kenworthy of Clayton, N.C. and Dawson Kenworthy of Cary, N.C.
He was pre-deceased by his sisters, Helen Rand of Winter Park, FLa., and Ruth Ripley of Deland, Fla.
The family expresses its sincere gratitude to the wonderful people at Coastal Companion Care of Southport and Universal Healthcare Brunswick for their attentive care.
FUNERAL NOTICE:The family will celebrate a private memorial service at a later date and burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow.
The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting /www.dignitymemorial.com/coble-ward-smith-funeral-home/en-us/index.page.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Brunswick Senior Resources www.brunswickseniorresources.org/.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 27, 2013