Richard “Dick” E. Kenyon formerly of Westford

 

Richard “Dick” E. Kenyon, 87, formerly of Westford died Monday, June 25, 2018 at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell after a long illness.

He was the husband of Gale Kenyon with whom he celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Oct. 10th.

Dick was born April 29, 1931 in Oneonta, New York, son of the late Elman and Dorothy (Maloney) Kenyon.

Dick received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.  At Cornell, he was an active member of the National Speleological Society where he enjoyed cave exploring and gathering scientific information.  Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany.  He enjoyed many skiing trips to Saint Anton, Austria and mountaineering in Switzerland.

Dick’s greatest passion was downhill skiing.  He has skied extensively for over 65 years in most of the ski areas in the US but his favorite ski area was Park City, Utah. He climbed in Switzerland summiting the Jungfrau, took numerous canoe trips along the Allagash River with his family, and enjoyed kayaking in Alaska with Gale for their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

He wrote a Research Report on “Five Hills” which were the Five Ski Jumping Meets in the greater Westford area held form 1920-1950.

Dick was a Trustee for the J.V. Fletcher Library.  He founded The English as a Second Language Program and successfully directed it for 5 years.  He created and wrote a program for tutors to enable adults from other countries to read, write and speak English more effectively. He found great pleasure in reading.

Dick was one of the founders of the Nashoba Valley Photo Club which was started in 1982. He received numerous awards from the New England Camera Club Council.

Dick retired from Analytical Systems Engineering Corporation in 1994. He enjoyed skiing and biking with his children, grandchildren, and friends. He took an active part as a Boy Scout Leader for many years.

Besides his loving wife, he is survived by one daughter, Kristen Cormier and her husband, Jeffrey of Chelmsford; two sons and their wives, Peter and Joanne Kenyon of Chelmsford and Dana Kenyon and his wife Felice Schlaffer of W. Orange, NJ; 5 grandchildren, Deanna Kenyon, Lauren Kenyon, Matthew Cormier, Kate Cormier and Abigail Kenyon.

 

The Celebration and Remembrance of Dick’s life will be at the Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St, Chelmsford, MA. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Dick’s memory to D’Youville Senior Care, 981 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com

 

Funeral

August 4, 2018
11:00 A.M.
Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St, Chelmsford, MA
  1. sue and steve smith says:

    Gale and family,

    We send our best to you on the day of Dick’s memorial service. May you be cheered in celebrating Dick’s full and productive life.

    All our best, Steve and Sue Smith

  2. Cheryl and Steve Collins says:

    My husband, Steve, and I are so sad to hear of the passing of Dick Kenyon. He was such a beloved husband to Gale as well as devoted father to Kristen, Peter and Dana and grandfather to five beautiful children. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they find comfort in the support of their many friends and other family members.
    Sincerely and with love,
    Cheryl and Steve Collins

  3. Lynne Simmons Peterson says:

    I will miss your beautiful images that you took during our time together. You taught me so many great ideas and information about photography.
    I enjoyed spending time with you and Gail on our many photo trips in the past. My favorite was our trip to Florida and spending a week together with our closest friends and doing what we enjoyed taking photos to capture the perfect images ,and having some great laughs together .We will miss you Dick my prayers go out to Gail and your family xxxx

  4. A. Lowe says:

    We extend our heartfelt condolences. In this sad time may you find strength from the love and support of family and friends. And may you find a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead from God’s promise: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out”. – John 5:28,29

  5. Dean Lambert says:

    Gale and family I send my deepest love and sympathy to all of you for your loss and thinking of you all he seamed like an awesome man that I would have loved to have met God Bless all!!

  6. Marian Harman says:

    Dear Gale and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your strength during these difficult years is an inspiration to me. Dick was a caring presence in our lives from the time he and Bill led Peter and Aaron’s boyscout group when they were little, to the numerous camera club meetings where Dick was always so welcoming to me. He taught me a lot about photography and I will never forget his great enthusiasm. I have also admired is work teaching ESL. I didn’t realize that he started the program! We hope to see you on August 4.

  7. Eileen Dunn says:

    Gale and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. May a lifetime of warm loving memories and good times ease your pain. My deepest sympathy.

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