Kenneth Westray Jr.
1951 - 2020
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Father Kenneth M. Westray, Jr.
June 15, 1951 - June 24, 2020
Father Kenneth M. Westray, Jr, (Fr. Ken) pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in San Francisco, died June 24 at the age of 68. He is survived by his loving mother Jean, his sister Cecilia, brother Kevin, nephew Vonty Kenneth, and countless friends and loved ones.

Fr. Ken was born and raised in Washington DC. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Washington DC, Gonzaga College High School, Washington, DC, the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, CA.

Fr. Ken took up his first assignment as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Church in San Francisco on Jan. 15, 1982. In 1983, he was appointed to St. Elizabeth Parish, and was also accepted for an assignment with the Military Vicariate as chaplain in the United States Navy Inactive Reserve.

By 1987, Fr. Ken was a valued member of the Council of Priests, and in 1988, was named co-principal of Sacred Heart Grammar School.

In all, Fr. Ken ministered as pastor for 14 years at Sacred Heart Parish. From 2000 until 2008, he then served as pastor of St. Sebastian Parish in Greenbrae, and from 2008 until 2011, as pastor of St. Isabella Parish in San Rafael. He began his last assignment, at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, on July 1, 2011.

Fr. Ken's family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to all for the kind wishes and support during this very difficult time. Private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated when Covid restrictions have been lifted.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 3, 2020
It might be because he is my closest cousin in age. It could be because his dad was my godfather. Or perhaps it is due to the times I spent in his home with his family during our summer visits to Washington, DC. There was even a very special adventure we shared in Baltimore. And, of course, there was always good food and fun conversation whenever I put myself in his hands for dinner during a visit to see him in San Francisco. But, what has made him most special to me was a story he once told me. He talked about looking into a starry sky while on a ship in the middle of the ocean and being struck by its vastness, beauty and implication of God. Something in the sincerity of his telling it touched my soul and more fully awakened my spirit in its leading toward God and ultimately faith in Christ. I will miss his joyful spirit and the retirement train trip we had planned to take in 2022. But, I will always treasure the contribution he made to my faith and hope to tell him so in heaven. God rest and keep his servants soul.

Richard Fields
Richard Fields
July 1, 2020
Ken was a classmate and friend of mine for 4 years at Gonzaga High School, where even then he was a kind and gentle person. We shared many good times together in the concert band, our shared extra-curricular activity. I was so happy when I learned that he had found his true vocation in the priesthood.
Ken was one of those I had hoped most to see at our class reunion, and it grieves me to know that I will not see him again in this life. My heart goes out to his families, both the one he was born into and the ones I know he created through his priesthood. Rest in peace, Ken, until we meet again.
Hugo Bonuccelli
June 30, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Fr. Ken's ("Kenny") passing. We were in the same class at OLPH. Kenny was a smart, observant, kind and fun guy in our class, never saying a cross word to anyone that I could remember. I heard wonderful words about him later in life as he became a priest and said Mass back home at OLPH. I always thought I would see him again to give him a hug and let him know how proud our class was of him. We had the very BEST education one could have hoped for at that time, bar none. We were well prepared for the next levels of our educational pursuits and chosen careers. Kenny had his plans, too, as he went to Gonzaga and on to the Merchant Marine Academy. Ultimately, Kenny, now Fr. Ken, heard God's call as His chosen servant. None of us were surprised at all that our special Kenny was indeed loved by God Himself. We were fortunate to know him. Our deepest condolences to his family. Marianna McFadden Blagburn. Friend and Classmate.
Marianna Blagburn
June 29, 2020
Father Ken was such a wonderful priest and human being. Always kind and welcoming to all while at the SVDP parish and school. We miss him so much already and pray for his peaceful rest.
Lisa Spaulding Serrano
June 28, 2020
I have known Kenneth (Fr. Ken) since our grade school days many years ago at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School. We last saw each other during an event at the Parish. I am heart broken over his sudden passing and for the deep void that his death leaves for those of us left behind. I had planned to visit SF this summer and to visit Fr. Ken's Church. Each of us foolishly thinks we have so much time to do so many things. I know Kenneth would not want us to cry and grieve but what else is there to do at the loss of this dear dear soul. He touched many many lives and for that we must be thankful. Rest peacefully my friend.
Charlotte Blount Lewis
June 27, 2020
What a friend we had in Jesus! I share a distant memory of seeing Ken, Lee Kaylor and I believe it was Dave Ghiorso, riding the up escalator at Emporium in Stonestown in full battle dress for their ordination portraits. Happy memories of five star meals and fellowship across the dining room table at Sacred Heart rectory. God be with you, Ken, until we meet again.
Paul Martin
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