Kenneth A. Bidwell(1933 - 2014)

Kenneth A. Bidwell, 80, of South Windham and formerly of Manchester, died unexpectedly, Monday March 3, 2014 at his home. Ken was born September 26, 1933 in Manchester, beloved son of the late George M. & Susan (Kerr) Bidwell, he attended local schools and was a 1951 Graduate of Manchester High School. He retired in 1989 as District Services Agent after 36 years with the State of CT. Dept. of Transportation. He was a life member and Past President of The Liedertafel Singing Society, the German Club of Broad Brook, Life member of the British American Club in Manchester, Life Member of The Manchester Coon & Fox Club in Coventry, member of the Moustache Club of Broad Brook also the East Windsor Society for Detecting Thieves and Robbers, member of the American Polish Citizens Club of Griswold, CT., member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge # 1440 in Chaplin, a Charter Member of the Jackass Club of America in Chaplin, the Eastern Draft Horse Assoc., member of the I.O.O.B., the International Assoc. of Turtles, the Connecticut State Employees Assoc., the Retires Chapter #408 of Willimantic. Ken was an avid sportsman and member of the NRA who loved to hunt and fish. Ken is survived by two sisters-in-law, Betty Bidwell of Manchester, Grace Bidwell of Ellington and many nieces and nephews. Other survivors include Ken's special friends, Kevin A. Sherwin of Florida and Harold & Carol Streeter of Willington. Ken was predeceased by his longtime companion Lois O. James, his sister Gloria Knoff and two brothers, George E. Bidwell and Melvin T. "Ted" Bidwell. Funeral services will be held Monday March 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester. Burial will be in the Buckland Cemetery in Manchester. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 4-8 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Linda K. Soto Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the South Windsor Police Dept. Attn Sgt Field, 151 Sand Hill Rd., South Windsor, CT. 06074 or to Second Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 385 North Main St., Manchester, CT. 06042or to the Women's Softball Assoc. of Greater Willimantic (WSAGW) P.O. Box 493, Willimantic, CT. 06226. To sign the online register book go to

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Holmes Funeral Home
400 Main Street Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 643-2441

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 6, 2014