1935 - 2017
Kenneth V. Desmond, a longtime resident of
Winchester, passed away on Monday, June 5th, at the
Old Solders Home in Chelsea, MA. Ken was born in Malden in
1935, one of 10 children to Harold T. and Alyce (Snowden )
Desmond. He was raised in Malden and graduated from Malden
Vocational High School with the Class of 1953. He soon enlisted
in the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He was
discharged honorably in 1958 and returned to the Malden area.
Upon his return, he met his sweetheart, Marion Hicks of Norwich
CT. In July of 1960, they were married, and the two settled
down in Malden together to raise their family. They lived in
Malden, as well as Westfield, MA, Summit, NJ, and Barrington,
RI, before returning to the Boston area, settling down in
Winchester. They have resided there for the last 33 years.
The two shared nearly 57 years of marriage together.
After his service time, Kenneth attended
Boston University where he received his Bachelors in Business
Management. He went to work for “Ma Bell” at New England
Telephone and Telegraph. While the company changed names, he
remained there and retired as a Vice President of Verizon.
While there he also was a founding member of the Minority
Management Association, which helped fight for the rights and
the management positions of minority workers at the telephone
Outside of work, Kenneth was an avid
golfer, who was a regular at the Unicorn Golf Course. He also
enjoyed reading, and shooting pool. At home he loved to tend to
his plants and flowers, and was especially fond of growing
orchids. Ken was a lifelong, dedicated member of the Emmanuel
Baptist Church in Malden, and a former Chairman of the Malden
School Committee. He was also a past member of the Malden Lions
He is survived by his wife, Marion A.
(Hicks)., his children, Pamela Desmond and Hon. Kenneth V.
Desmond Jr. of Malden, his brother, Dr. Charles Desmond of
Danvers, and his 7 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
and his siblings, Clara Stepherson, Harold Desmond, Natalie
Desmond, Grace Harris, Marion Haygood, Wesley Desmond, and
Funeral services will be held at the
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 20 Hillside Ave, Malden, on Monday,
June 12th, at 8 PM, with visitation at the Church
from 6- 8 PM. Procession will form on Tues, June 13th,
at 9:30 to leave for Woodlawn Cemetery at 10 AM.