BRISTOL -- Kenneth Waring Hewitt Jr., aka "Jay," took his final breath here on earth with loving family by his side on Saturday, May 24, 2014, and his first breath in heaven for eternity after a valiant battle with Mantle Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
He was born May 12, 1950, in Bryn Mawr, Pa., to Kenneth Waring Hewitt and Elizabeth (Kennedy) Hewitt and spent most of his childhood in Binghamton, N.Y. A consummate athlete, Ken/ Jay played many sports at William Penn Charter School such as football, tennis, golf and, throughout life, also loved skiing, basketball, baseball, swimming, kayaking, hiking, camping and fishing. Ken/Jay was among the first class of male students attending Elmira College and spent two weeks in Jamaica conducting research to support the completion of his BA in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton. He then went on to the University of West Virginia in pursuit of a MA in Sociology. His teaching assistantship in the Sociology Department led him to acquire valuable computer skills, whereby he was recruited by the federal government to work for them around the time of his marriage to Kim Hotchkiss in 1978. He had a strong marriage that lasted over 32 years, growing their family together, sharing travel and experiences for a lifetime of memories, and they remained friends to the end.
Later, he took a position at General Electric in Burlington. In 1992, Ken moved the family to Bristol where in his free time he enjoyed working the land, gardening, cutting trees, splitting firewood, and enjoying the peace and tranquility of home. Ken enjoyed his work at Nexus, Hampton Direct, Autumn Harp, and finally CBA Blue as an EDI Analyst. On March 22, 2013, Ken married Robin (Prescott) Vaughan in a secret, private wedding at the Federated Church of Bristol, where they reconnected and they enjoyed their brief time of love and life together as they lived it to the fullest.
Ken was a calm, thoughtful, peaceful man who loved his family, the outdoors and skiing at Mad River Glen. He lived a life that ensured his children would have an opportunity, not an entitlement, to flourish. He exhibited patience, understanding and constancy while role modeling a life worth living. He loved reading a variety of writing styles. Not allowing cancer to define him, Ken fought an incurable disease for as long as physically possible so he could live to see his first grandchild, sweet Alice, the Red Sox win the Series, and spend time with his new bride, Robin.
Ken will be missed dearly by his mother, Elizabeth K. Hewitt of Chapel Hill, N.C.; siblings, Linda Funke (Peter) of Wyndmoor, Pa., and Jim Hewitt (Susan) of Newtown, Pa.; and his children, Corinne Hewitt of Mendon, who will always be the apple of his eye; Kyle Hewitt of Madison, Wis., who was his companion in skiing and many other life adventures, with Andrea, his beloved daughter-in-law, and sweet Alice, his first granddaughter; and Sarah Hewitt of Durango, Colo., who was his free spirit and always close to his heart. Ken was also adored by his stepchildren, April Rockwell (Rick) of Starksboro, Brittany Vaughan of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Michaela Vaughan (Olin) of Whiting; stepgranddaughters, Megan, Kylie, Alanah, and Breanne; along with many nieces and nephews; and especially his beloved wife, Robin, of only one year. He will also be missed by many dear friends, including Dave, Rick, Anton, Larry, Fred, Mark, Scott, Chico, Pastor Bill, work colleagues, and his Bible study friends.
He was predeceased by his father; and sister, Elisabeth Hewitt Kays.
A special A thanks go to Dr. Paul Unger, Dr. Christopher Lowrey, Lynn Root, RN, Melissa Davis, NP, Nurse Margaret, and all the nurses, nurse practitioners, and staff that provide such compassionate care.
A celebration of life will take place at the Federated Church, 37 North St., Bristol, on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 10 a.m., followed by a brunch downstairs. Interment of his ashes will be done privately in a wooded place with the family and close friends. For online condolences go to: www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Federated Church of Bristol, YoungLife of Addison County (VT 25); or Upstate New York/Vermont Light the Night Walk for LLS - Team Ken http://pages.lightthenight.org/uny/Burlingt14/TeamKen.