HURLEY- Kenneth M. Ticknor, born to Lucy Quail and Murl Ticknor on Sept. 30, 1924 in the small farming community of Lapeer in western N.Y., died peacefully at the age of 89 on Dec. 20th at Ten Broeck Commons. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Wanda Holmes. He is survived by loving wife of 61 years, Verna Ticknor, his sister, Jean Jones, his two adoring children, Tammy Carpino and Thomas Ticknor, five grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
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A humble man, Kenneth had the ability to elevate everyone around him by remaining true to who he was. He proudly answered the call to serve his country as a Private First Class Infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his actions. Upon returning from combat and healing from the disabling wounds that he had suffered, he attended Ithaca College on the G.I. Bill, earned a Bachelors degree in accounting and embarked on what he thought was a dream career working as an accountant at IBM. However, it wasn't long before he realized he was not cut out for the corporate rate race and courageously decided to pursue a career in education. Then, after receiving his Masters degree from SUNY Albany, he went on to teach accounting and business at Pine Plains High School for the next thirty years, where the staff and alumni continue to think fondly of the gentle, unassuming ways in which he touched their lives.
Kenneth loved his family more than anything that life had to offer. He had lived through the Great Depression, had the pack-rat mentality to prove it and he took great pride in being able to provide for his family's every need while living well within their means. He enjoyed reading, playing golf, refinishing old furniture and outsmarting pests in his beloved flower and vegetable gardens. He took fashion cues from no one with a signature everyday look that was all his own: an old oxford shirt, well worn work pants, a pair of red high-top converse sneakers, some sort of wide-brimmed cap, and most importantly, a cigar conspicuously dangling from his lips.
So we say goodbye to this wonderful man and realize that nothing will ever stop the hurt of losing him, we take comfort in carrying on his spirit by committing to do for our loved ones all of the things that he never failed to do for us.
The Ticknor family will receive friends today, Sunday, Dec. 22nd from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Henry J. Bruck Funeral Home, 261 Broadway, Kingston. Burial with full military honors by Joyce Schirick VFW Post 1386 Color Guard will take place 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Hurley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make contributions to the Hurley Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 181, Hurley, N.Y. 12443 or Ten Broeck Commons Activity Fund, 1 Commons Dr., Lake Katrine, NY 12449.
Published in Daily Freeman on Dec. 22, 2013