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FITCHBURG, MA -- Kenneth P. Progin passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, after a long illness.
Kenneth was born on April 1, 1920, and lived in Fitchburg all of his life. He was the son of Charles W. and Annie (Smith) Progin. He graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1937. In 1942, Kenneth entered military service and became a commissioned pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force. He achieved the rank of 2nd lieutenant and became a flight instructor. After the war, Kenneth owned and operated a vending machine business and later became president of Fitchburg Trucking. In 1960 Mr. Progin joined a brokerage firm and remained an investment advisor until his retirement in 1992.
An avid golfer, Ken was a member of Oak Hill Country Club. He worked on various committees before serving terms as its president and as a board member. He loved spending time at Oak Hill with his golf friends and was always sharing a smile and a joke.
Kenneth was married to Betty Ann (Wiley) Progin, who predeceased him in 2010. He leaves children, Tom Progin and his wife, Anne Marie of Vancouver, WA, Peggy El Hadj, and her husband Elie of London, England, Patricia Progin of Concord, MA, and his granddaughter, Sarah El Hadj of London, England.
Kenneth had five brothers, Charles, Nelson, George, Arthur and Richard Progin, who predeceased him.
PROGIN -- Funeral Services and Burial will be private. Calling Hours will be held at the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and the Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water Street, Fitchburg, on Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a
See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli Funeral Home
243 Water Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Nov. 8, 2012