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Francis Kenneth Fermoyle

1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Francis Kenneth Fermoyle Obituary
February 22, 1927 - December 15, 2016 Francis "Ken" Fermoyle was the eldest of four sons born to Ernie and Mary Fermoyle, in Detroit, Michigan. He died peacefully in his Woodland Hills, California, home at age 89, four months after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Ken leaves a wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Linda Fermoyle Rice and Adrienne Ann Fermoyle; granddaughters Catlin Tucker and Erin Rice; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Maddox Tucker; and brother, Bob. His first wife, Jean, and son, Kenneth, predeceased him in 1991 and 1985, respectively. Ken was a man of many talents and passions who never much believed that moderation was a virtue. He was first and always a gifted writer, editor, and photographer. His career as a journalist included stints as Detroit editor for both Motor Life and Popular Science magazines. Ken also worked for ad agencies, Kenyon & Eckhardt and BBD&O. In 1966, Ken was tapped as editor for a new Peterson publication devoted to recreational vehicles, "Wheels Afield," in Los Angeles. He moved his family west. Over the next five decades, Ken distinguished himself not only with his work, but as a leathersmith, potter, collector of and dealer in first edition books, cyclist, teacher, and digital artist. He and dear friend, Tran Ngoc Chau spent 20 years collaborating to write "Vietnam Labyrinth: Allies, Enemies, and Why the U.S. Lost the War," which was published in 2012. During the last decade of his life, Ken spent much of his time helping his granddaughter Catlin become a published author, editing her three books and contributing to her success as an education leader. But, Ken's first and greatest love was for his family - a decidedly extended family, including blood relatives, near and far, family by marriage and dear friends, not only of his, but of his children, some of whom considered him a second "Dad." More than a dozen of his nieces, nephews and other relations will gather on February 11, 2017, for a memorial. For more info, email [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8, 2017
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