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Kevin J. Aronin

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Kevin J. Aronin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend died suddenly on Wednesday, May 4 at his vacation home in Pontoon, County Mayo, Ireland. Kevin was born in New York City on August 23, 1954. A brilliant businessman and foresighted entrepreneur, he had a knack for creating something from nothing, a relentless drive for success and unbeatable instincts. Most recently, he founded PlasmaNet, Inc. in 1999 and its FreeLotto website, capitalizing on the promise of internet entertainment early in its heyday. Charity was his passion. He was guided by the concept of noblesse oblige - the obligation to make the best of an individual's gifts and skills in order to better the world we live in. With each success in business, he was determined to contribute to the greater good. He was a notable philanthropist who supported many charities over his lifetime. He enjoyed learning about other cultures and had a particular soft spot for immigrants seeking the American Dream. He had a charisma that made him the life of any party and a natural leader. Kevin was at his best when he was cooking and entertaining for others, finding the greatest joy in feeding people and putting smiles on their faces. He was a gifted storyteller and teacher, and had a seemingly endless supply of funny jokes, which he loved to share with his friends and family. He read all three New York papers every day, and he could never seem to satisfy his thirst for knowledge. He is survived by his wife Anne; his four children, Shannon, Sean, Caitlin, and Lauren; his adopted son, Kevin Wong; his son-in-law, Edward Eppright; his dearly loved and only grandson, Eamon Eppright; his siblings, Michael, Patricia and Nancy; and his uncle, Howard Aronin. He also leaves behind his Newfoundland, Duke, whom Kevin considered his sixth child. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and colleagues, but he would rather his life be celebrated. Visiting hours at the Lloyd Maxcy Funeral Home, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801 will be on Sunday, May 08, 2011 from 7-9PM, Monday 2-4PM and 7-9PM. Mass of Christian burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church at 10.30AM on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Interment immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to HOPE Community Services, 50 Washington Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801 is appreciated.

Published in the The Journal News from May 7 to May 9, 2011
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