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Kenneth K.  Floyd Sr. Sr.
Kenneth K. Floyd Sr., 86, of Jericho died peacefully in Fletcher Allen Health Care on Saturday, September 13, 2008 after a short illness.

He was born on February 28, 1922 in Brooklyn, N.Y. the son of the late Raymond and Lillian Floyd Sr. He was the second oldest of five children. Ken attended Holy Cross grammar school and Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, NY where he was an honor student at both schools. Ken also excelled in athletics and was an accomplished football, basketball player and swimmer. After graduation from Bishop Loughlin HS, Ken attended St. Francis College for a year where he also played semi-professional football. In the summer of 1942 he volunteered for the United States Navy Air Corps pilot training program where he served honorably during WWII. During his pre-flight school training Ken was the school’s middle weight boxing champ.

Like many veterans of “The Greatest Generation” after the war Ken attended Georgetown University under the GI Bill. Upon completion of his studies at Georgetown University he was accepted at St. John’s University School of Law where he graduated with his law degree (JD). On November 9, 1946 Ken married the love of his life Virginia Irene Harvey and raised three children, initially living in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn NY and later in Massapequa and then Amityville NY. Ken and the family spent many enjoyable summer vacations at various camps in the Mousam Lake Region of Maine. Ken and his wife Virginia also loved to swim and they spent many a summer day in their back yard pool teaching their two oldest grand daughters Allison and Kristen how to swim. Ken lead a busy professional life but always found time to spend with his family which gave him the greatest joy in his life. He was a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.

Professionally Ken spent many of his years in private law practice specializing in worker’s compensation law and personal injury and successfully tried numerous cases before the New York State Supreme court. Later in his career Ken accepted a position with the New York City Transit Authority as Assistant General Counsel and retired from that position in 1983. In 1986 Ken and Virginia moved to Jericho, Vermont and built their retirement home. During his retirement years Ken enjoyed numerous winter trips to Florida, Colorado Springs and Arizona to play golf and visit with his brothers and sister. On several trips to Arizona with his older brother Raymond they would fly his brother’s plane from Colorado Springs to Arizona. Ken was also a member of both the West Bolton Golf Club and later the Williston Golf Club and made many friends at both clubs playing in their men’s golf leagues and tournaments. Ken also volunteered as a Meals- On-Wheels driver and served on their board. He was also an active member of the Jericho Historical Society, working at the Old Mill Craft Shop. Designing and working in his beautiful gardens was a favorite pastime. His other favorite retirement past time was attending his granddaughters’ sporting events. Ken could be seen many a winter day watching a cross country ski race or in the spring and fall watching a track meet, a cross country running or field hockey game. Ken was affectionately known as “Poppa” to his granddaughters and as “Great Poppa” to his two great-grand-daughters.

Ken is survived by

his son Ken Floyd Jr. and his wife Karen of Underhill Center,

his daughter Paula Cohan and her husband Harry of Southbury, CT.,

granddaughters Allison McGahren and her husband Rod of Southbury, CT,

Kristen Barker and her husband Eric of Underhill Center,

Kaylie Floyd of Underhill Center,

and great-granddaughters Hattie Barker and Finley of Underhill Center,

His brothers Richard Floyd and his wife Sheila of NJ,

Arthur Floyd and his wife Annette of Bonita Springs, FL,

His sister Lillian Floyd of Wellington, FL and Sugarbush, VT.

Many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ken was also predeceased by his loving wife Virginia Floyd in January 1989, his youngest son William H. Floyd in November 1989 and his oldest brother Raymond Floyd in 2008.

His family would like to express particular gratitude and thanks to the loving staffs and care givers at Pillsbury Manor in South Burlington VT and at the Arbors in Shelburne VT where Ken resided for the last five years of his life and to Dr. Peter Gunther, Ken and Virginia’s family physician for the past 22 years. A special thanks to the wonderful caring nursing staff at FAHC Shepardson 4.

Their will be no public visiting hours. A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, Rte 15 Underhill VT on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 2 PM with the Reverend J. Harrison L. Heidel officiating. Interment will take place immediately after the ceremony at Pleasant View Cemetery in Jericho VT. A reception will follow directly after interment at the home of Ken and Karen Floyd in Underhill Center, VT. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Ken’s memory to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association, 172 North Main St., Barre, VT 05641. Those who wish may forward their online condolences by visiting Arrangements are by John D. Workman A. W. Rich Funeral Home " Essex Chapel 57 Main St. Essex Jct., VT 05452.


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