Obituary: Kenneth Neff, 40-year Milford resident
Kenneth Neff passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016 at the age of 92.
He was born in Washington DC to the late Byron and Alda Neff and moved to New York City when he was an infant.
Ken was a proud self-proclaimed “New Yorker.” When WWII began, Ken enlisted in the Coast Guard as soon as he was 18. He was very proud of his service on Landing Ship Tank (LST) 71 in the Pacific theater. Ken earned the rank of chief petty officer on board the ship. Ken and the LST 71 took part in the seaborne invasions of Guadalcanal, Guam, and Saipan.
Ken entered college using the GI bill and graduated from Pratt Institute in NYC with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to obtain his professional engineering license. Ken entered professional life working for various construction firms throughout the state of Connecticut. Eventually retiring from H. Wales Line Company of Meriden CT as an executive vice president.
Ken had a reputation for strong business ethics, honesty, integrity, and being always know for fair business practices. He adamantly believed in honor and that a man’s word was his bond.
Ken lived and raised a family in Milford CT for more than 40 years. He loved his town and its people. Ken volunteered for a number of boards and groups believing “service above self” was a core value. Examples of his volunteerism included the Boy Scouts, YMCA, Boys Village, Coast Guard auxiliary, Zoning board of appeals, and with great enthusiasm Milford Harbor Commission. He was a founding member of “CHUM” which is an acronym for Concerned Harbor user of Milford. He served on the Milford Harbor Commission for many years and was staunch advocate for the revitalization of harbor and downtown Milford. Ken loved the harbor and being around people who shared the same interests.
He eventually moved south to Troutman NC spending many afternoons watching the sunset over Lake Norman. He enjoyed gardening, his RV, and going to the veteran’s coffee shop in Mooresville NC. He spent the autumn of his life with his loving wife Helen by his side.
Ken is known for his deep love of family, for his patriotism to his country and for the principles this country was built upon. He had strong beliefs and equally strong opinions. One of his children best described Ken when he said “Dad lived in a black and white world: something was either right or it was wrong and there was no in between.” He represented the best of a generation who came from civilian life, fought to defend this nation in its time of peril, and then went back to civilian life to become productive citizens.
He loved to sail, fish and have cocktails with his friends. Ken had a larger than life personality.
He is survived by his love of his life and wife of 71 years, Helen B Neff and children, Andrew Neff of Port Orange, FL, Marianne Giannetta of Milford, CT and John Neff of Greensboro, NC, along with six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He will be interned in a family plot in Shippensburg, PA.
Online condolences can be made at Triad Cremation Society.
Rest in peace, fair winds and a following sea!