Kenneth Powers

Kenneth Walcott Ken Powers, 98, long-time resident of Walpole, died April 15, 2013 at the Regent Care Center in Kingwood, TX, one month short of his 99th birthday. He was born May 22, 1914 in Providence, RI, the son of Wm. Claire and Irene (Thompson) Powers. Walcott grew up in Providence and Barrington, RI and graduated from Hope High School in Providence. He moved to Walpole in 1935 where he worked at L .F. Fales Machine Co. until his retirement in 1982. In 1941 he was married to Barbara Baker of Walpole until her death in 1990. Walcott lived in Walpole for 64 years, until 1999 when he moved to the Community at Pond Meadow in Wrentham, MA where he lived independently. In the fall of 2011, Walcott gave up independent living and moved to Humble, Texas to live with daughter, Jane. In October 2012, Walcott became a resident at the Regent Care Center in Kingwood, TX. For over 50 years he was a member of the United Church of Christ of Walpole. Walcott was a Mason for 76 years, 3 months, and 23 days, serving as Master of Azure Lodge in Walpole from 1949 | 1950 and he was a Shriner in the Aleppo Temple. Walcott lived a rich, busy life and was constantly on the go. He vacationed with his wife and daughters in Canada, Mexico, and on Cape Cod. In 1972, he and Barbara purchased a summer cottage in Osterville where they spent many summers together with family and friends sailing, biking, clamming and fishing. Walcott became a world traveler in his 80s and 90s journeying to Greece, Egypt, Alaska, the Panama Canal, Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands. In 2003, he joined his sister, Clare, on a memorable trip to England. He spent many winters in Florida with relatives and later wintered in Texas with his daughter and her family. For many years he drove to Maine each summer to vacation with his other daughter, Rebecca and her family where he never missed attending the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. Walcott was predeceased by his father, mother, wife, brothers | Stuart, Roland, Robert, Richard; 2 sisters | Deborah (Powers) Eddy and Miriam (Powers) Clarke; and a number of nieces and nephews. Walcott is survived by his brother, Wm. C. Powers of Warwick, RI; sister, Clare (Powers) McLean of Hamden, CT; two daughters, Jane Powers Frieders and husband, Gary, of Humble, TX and Rebecca Cornell (Powers) Bradbury and husband, Donald, of Roque Bluffs, ME; a grandson, Andrew Walcott Frieders of Kingwood, TX; two granddaughters, Gretchen Alice Frieders of Brooklyn, NY and Jennifer Rebecca (Bradbury) Burke and husband, Kevin, of Gatlinburg, TN; and his faithful Yorkshire Terrier, Buster Powers of Humble, TX. He is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews, over 50 great nieces and nephews, over 40 great-great nieces and nephews, and several great-great-great nieces and nephews. He is remembered by them for his fun-loving spirit, vitality and a variety of memorable antics. A memorial service and interment will be held at Swan Point Chapel and Cemetery in Providence, RI on Friday, June 21, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children | Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 Attn: Donations.

Published in Walpole Times from May 7 to May 14, 2013