Kenneth A. Amidon, 62
NORTHBRIDGE - Kenneth A. Amidon, 62, passed peacefully at home in his sleep Thursday, February 14, 2013. He leaves his wife of 31 years, Suellen (Normandin); his three sons, Devin of Northbridge, Colin of Somerville and Christopher and his wife Sasha (Diaz) and his grandson, Beckett of Kissimmee, FL; his mother, Barbara Jones and her husband Brian of New Port Richey, FL; his brother, Richard and his wife Alison of Palm Coast, FL; three sisters, Beth Rowden and her husband Steven of Leicester, Christine Alesbrook and her husband Ian of Palm Coast, FL, Leslie Jackson of Charlton; many nephews; two nieces; and four grandnieces. He was predeceased by his father, Alan H. Amidon, his grandparents, Mimi and Fred Boon and his nephew, Ben Alesbrook. He will also be sadly missed by his faithful dog "Guinness" who was also at his side when he passed.
Ken was born March 23, 1950 in Worcester, was raised and attended school there. He then moved to Warminster, PA to live with his aunt and uncle, Charles and Eva Amidon where he graduated from William Tenant High School and was a proud member of the school's marching band. He then returned to Massachusetts attending The University of Mass-Amherst, being a member of the Equestrian Team and receiving his BA in English.
Ken then branched out to wood carving and design for the newly opened Fanueil Hall Marketplace in Boston where his sign design graced the cover of the magazine section of The New York Times on the opening weekend of the marketplace. He then embarked on a career in the insurance industry spanning thirty years with Hanover and Commonwealth Mutual Insurance companies working in the automation field for both. Ken then was instrumental in in the formation of Blue Cod Technologies in Marlborough, assisting in the development of their business model and the company's philosophies of "Customer Plus", serving as the director of Sales and Marketing until 2011.
A true believer in volunteering, Ken served his Town of Northbridge as a 13 year member and two term chairman of its School Committee. He also coached Northbridge Youth Soccer and as head chef for the annual St. Patrick's Church spaghetti supper both for 10 years. A lifelong blood donor, Ken became an organ donor in 2007 donating a kidney to his sister in law, Alison. This sent him on a path of volunteering at the New England Organ Bank, Donate Life and Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. He was also a member of The UMass Transplant support group where he counseled and spoke about the importance of living donation.
Ken was also an accomplished musician playing banjo, guitar, dulcimer, bass fiddle, and bagpipes, having performed with local folk groups and several appearances at First Night Worcester. Following a lifelong love of words, he began writing short stories about growing up in the Worcester area, realizing his lifelong dream of publishing his first novel "Stray Threads". Ken's family asks that in lieu of flowers you honor and remember him with memorial donations to: The PKD Foundation. PO Box 871847 Kansas City, MO 64187-1847, The New England Organ Bank, 60 1st Ave. Waltham, MA 02451 or Donate Life @ firstname.lastname@example.org ( Karen Headly Natl. Development Dir. 804-377-3586.)
All are invited to calling hours at THE RONEY FUNERAL HOME, 152 Worcester St. North Grafton, MA 01536 Tuesday February 19th from 4 to 8 pm. There will be a Memorial Service at Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St. Rochdale MA 01542 Wednesday February 20th at 10 AM. Condolences may be offered in his personal guest book and directions are available at:www.roneyfuneralhome.com