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Kenneth W. Kirwin, Jr.
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    30 Speen St.
    Framingham, MA 01701

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“met ken in early 70s was a good friend and co-worker over time became friends with family younger brothers & mother proud to say they were and still...Read More »
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“Had the pleasure of meeting Ken when the Boston Transportation Department and DCR did a couple of projects together he was a class act RIP my...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Alfredo Vilar - Boston, MA

“My thoughts and prayers to this wonderful Family, ken was great guy and grampy :) may he rest in peace. Love you Twilah, Lisa, Kevin ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Lindsay McLean - saugus, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Mariann Beaudry - Melrose, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Renee Daigle - Dracut, MA

“Such a good soul rip Ken ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Philip Scannell - Gloucester, MA

“I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Take Comfort knowing that your Mom welcomed him with open arms and that beautiful smile of hers ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Paul Timmins - Hudson, NH

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
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Kenneth W. Kirwin, Jr., of Melrose, died at his home on Dec. 13, 2018 at the age of 68. Ken was born on August 4, 1950 in Lowell to Kenneth and Mary (Ginivan) Kirwin. He and his sister Maureen were twins. Ken graduated from Keith Academy in 1968 and from Lowell Technological Institute (now UMASS Lowell) in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He later attended Northeastern University for post graduate studies in Civil Engineering.
Ken began a more than 40-year professional career; starting with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works in 1973. In 1976 he moved on to work for the M.D.C. (Metropolitan District Commission) now known as the D.C.R. (Department of Conservation and Recreation) He retired in January of 2017.
While working at the MDC he met the love of his life, Dorothy Vining. They married in 1979. Together they would have three children: Lisa, Kevin and Twilah. In 1988 Ken and Dottie bought their first house in Melrose. Their children attended and graduated from local schools. The Kirwin family enjoyed all sorts of activities together including camping trips to various places in New England and regular stays in Conway, NH.
In his younger years Ken enjoyed bowling and skiing. He liked to fish and also attended local greyhound and horse racing with a long-time neighbor. Most of all Ken was an avid fan of all the Boston/New England professional sports teams. He attended games on occasion but was just as happy to watch the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics at home with family and friends.
One of the saddest events in Ken's life occurred in 2014 when his beloved wife of 35 years suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Ken however would have great support from his children in the years following. And soon would become a devoted grandfather to a new edition in the family, James the son of Twilah and Gary. Ken cherished his grandson and delighted in spending as much time as possible with him. Grampa and James loved going to the park, walks to watch the trains and visiting the zoo and the aquarium. In retirement, Ken also took pride in having the time to do yardwork and hosting BBQ and pool parties during the summer months.
In September of 2018 Ken was hospitalized and diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He endured an aggressive treatment regimen but what he wanted most of all was to go home. Ken was happy to be able to spend time and be surrounded by love ones for his remaining time.
Ken was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Vining) Kirwin. Loving father of Lisa Kirwin of Melrose, Kevin Kirwin & his fiancé Meghan of East Boston and Twilah Davidson & her husband Gary of Malden. Cherished grandfather of James. Caring brother of Maureen Dewey & her husband Dave of RI, Daniel Kirwin of NH, Eileen Kirwin of Milford, Thomas Kirwin & his wife Heather and Joseph Kirwin, all of Lowell. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Thursday, Dec. 20th from 4-7PM. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 21st at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.