Walter K. Babcock
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Walter K. Babcock of North Kingstown, RI (formerly of Ashaway) and husband of 60 years to the late Beverly E. (Smith ) died at Kent Hospital Friday, Jan 1, 2021 with his daughter Alicia holding his hand. He was the son of George H. and Emily (Perry) Babcock of Alton. He was a strong person who lived through many upsets, but still continued on with his positive outlook.
Ken, as he was known, graduated from Westerly High School then joined the Navy, serving on the USS Intrepid, which is now a museum in NY. After the Navy he worked as and retired a welding supervisor from General Dynamics-Electric Boat in Groton, Ct. Ken was an Ashaway Boy Scout leader and Youth Fellowship Advisor as a member of Niantic Baptist Church in Bradford, RI until it closed. He enjoyed cooking and became the dietician for the Covex Adult Day Service he and Beverly owned in Exeter, RI. He served two terms as a member of the Hopkinton Town Council, then he became more involved with the Narragansett Indian Tribe. As part of the tribe, he was on the Indian Council, became first-councilman and then served as Chief Sachem. He continued his life long commitment to the tribe by working with the council and being a member of the Elders Group, Silver Clouds. After moving to North Kingstown he stayed a member of Pleasant Street Baptist Church in Westerly, where he became a Deacon.
Ken loved to travel and every year a family vacation was taken to see new places, be adventurous, spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Alicia Babcock-Raposo and her husband Antonio of North Kingstown, his sisters Gwendolyn Gray of Seattle, Wa, and Mildred Calhoun of Westerly, RI,
His grandchildren, Zackary Raposo, Christina Reyes and great-grandson Carson Raposo all of Middle River, MD. nieces, nephews and several cousins.
He is predeceased by his daughters Lolita Ann and Durene Marie, his son Schuyler Perry, his brothers George H. Babcock, Jr, of Woodinville, Wa and Charles R. Babcock, of Alton, and his sister Ina Helme of Groton, CT.
Calling hours and funeral service will be private. The link below is available to view the funeral service on zoom. Funeral will be held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11:00am.
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, RI 02891 is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

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Published in The Westerly Sun from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2021.
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January 10, 2021
I knew Ken from young person. My Cousins who lived next door to Ken In Alton would visit with each other. His Mothers Aunt Emily was always welcoming and we enjoyed listening to his brother Charlie Play the Piano. Kenny was a honorable and giving person who shared his talents with others and especially the Narragansett Indian Tribe where he over time served in many positions Including Chief. He will especially be missed by the Elders. Condolences to his family May he rest in Peace.
Ann Champlin Souza
January 10, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Alicia. He was always so pleasant when he came in to the station, I enjoyed talking with him as well as yourself. My sympathies to you and your family.

Nola Heinemann
January 9, 2021
I didn't know Ken that well but after reading his obituary I wish that I had talked with him more. His career was truly amazing and I'm sure he must have had many wonderful stories to go along with all of his adventures. I do know that he loved his daughter, family and community very much. My deepest condolences to Alicia, his family and friends.
Paul F Dantuono
January 8, 2021
Babcock Family,
Another Warrior has passed into the spirit world of the southwest.
Remembering my cousin Kenny he walked in many circles.
Back in his high school days he was the leader of the Westerly High School Band and lead the band in the parades and sport events,
Ken was a preacher at the Pleasant St Baptist Church. Ken was a councilmember of the Niantic-Narragansett Indian Tribe and became the Chief Sachem, He was a leader among the Silver Cloud
Senior group. Ken was a guy who would lend a helping hand when needed away with a smile and quick wit. Ken was council member for the Town of Hopkinton, RI. He left a foot print for many to follow. Rest in peace cousin you did you work well while among us.

Chief Sachem "Sun Rise" and family
Byron O. Brown
January 7, 2021
My condolences to all.Rest in peace Ken you are reunited with Beverly. Ken was always such a nice pleasant man and I always respected and admired Ken and Beverly.
Sandra Goode-Ferguson
January 4, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Frank H. Bliven Jr.
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