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Kenneth W. Stone, 79, of Gardner, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Baystate Medical Center, Springfield.
Born in Gardner on November 13, 1941, he was the son of the late Harold W. and Evelyn (Tukey) Stone. He graduated and was a proud alumnus of Gardner High School with the Class of 1959, where he was a member of the 1958 undefeated football team. Ken was a police officer for the Gardner Police Department, graduated from the Massachusetts Police Academy in 1968, and later became a detective until his retirement in 1987. He was then employed as a fraud investigator for 18 years until his retirement from Sovereign Bank in 2005.
Ken was a lifelong congregant of Chestnut Street United Methodist Church of Gardner. He was a member and past president of the Greater Gardner Jaycees, member and past president of the Gardner Lions Club, a chairman of the Board of Directors of North Central Human Services, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Ken was an avid fisherman and loved candlepin bowling. He loved watching sports, and especially enjoyed his New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. He also enjoyed reading, golfing, and traveling – especially to Moosehead Lake and Pemaquid in Maine with his family and cruises with his wife and dear friends.
Ken is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marcia A. (Stuckey) Stone, of Gardner; two sons, Gregory J. Stone and his wife Jennifer L. (Saunders) Stone of York, ME, and Andrew C. Stone and his husband Robert W. Barker of Gardner; five grandchildren, Aaron, Kyle and Paige Stone, Katherine Mahoney, and Cassidy Barker; two brothers, Roland Stone and his wife Linda of Gardner, and James Stone and his wife Patti of Gardner; a sister, Audrey Faucher of Gardner; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends, and his beloved cat, Rudy.
He was predeceased by his brother, Alton Stone, and two brothers-in-law, Chester Stuckey and Raymond Faucher; and a special nephew, Kenneth Michael Stone.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 23, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA. Burial at Wildwood Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA, will be held at a later date.
Calling hours will be held Friday, July 23, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gardner Community Action Committee, 294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440, or to Heywood Hospital, 242 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Please reference in memory of Kenneth W. Stone.
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