Kenneth William Hurrell, of East Hampstead, NH, formerly of Norwood and Roslindale, MA, surrounded by his wife and two daughters passed away on September 27, 2019, after a five year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was a young 79 years old, and he lived and loved life to the fullest.
Born in Lowell, MA in 1940, Kenneth was a graduate of Hyde Park High School where he lettered in football and hit the ice and boards for many years of hockey. Following graduation, Kenneth went to Northeastern University and graduated with his Associate’s degree. He then wanted to serve his country, that he was so proud of, and enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was known as Sargent Kenneth W. Hurrell. He worked as a mechanic, servicing fighter planes in both the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Kenneth was honorably discharged from active duty on June 30, 1961, and then went on to continue to serve his country with the National Guard. Kenneth proudly retired from his military service in 1974.
Following his service to his country, Kenneth worked hard in many professional jobs and was known as “Mr. Fix-it.” He worked for may years as a facilities manager for Boston Edison.
In his spare time, for many years Kenneth devoted his personal time to the West Roxbury and Dorchester Masonic Lodge, where he became a Past-Master, following he became a member of the Aleppo Shriners under the Motor Patrol outfit, he also was a Chief Aide to the Potentate which he took great pride in. He was proud to give back to communities and people around him.
Kenneth was the dear and devoted husband to Emily (Laham) Hurrell, loving father to Georgette Hurrell of Dedham, Denise Georgoudis and her husband Constantine (Dean) of East Hampstead, NH, Ken Hurrell Jr. of Michigan and former Father-in-law of Nora Couture of Michigan. Dear grandfather known to many as “Papa” but especial to his 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was a loving brother to Lawrence Hurrell and his wife Jackie of Attleboro and the late Lewis “Bing” Hurrell and brother-in-law to Alice Hurrell of Derry NH. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.
Kenneth’s Funeral Service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. John of Damascus, 300 West St. Dedham. Visiting hours will be held Thursday 4-8 p.m. at the Kfoury Keefe Funeral Home, 8 Spring St. (at the corner of Centre St.) WEST ROXBURY. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Any donations made in Kenneth’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114 or to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. 300 Waverly Oaks Rd. Waltham, MA 02452.
Kenneth will be laid to rest with military honors at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA, followed by a Mercy Meal given by his family at The Mezza Luna restaurant in Buzzards Bay, MA.
The family has requested all those who have joined them to the cemetery to please join them at the Mercy Meal to honor Kenneth’s life.
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