Kenneth P. Keim was born on Sept. 14, 1936 in Queens, New York.
He graduated from LaSalle High School in Manhattan, and went on to
electrician apprentice school. He became a Journeyman
Electrician and then a foreman, and was a member of the New York
City IBEW for 13 years.
Ken joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a Second Class Petty
Officer and Aviation Electrician Mate, first in Brunswick, Maine
(where he learned to ski) and then at the NATO Naval Base in
He met Patricia Ann Kebe on a blind date, and they married on
Oct. 9, 1965. In 1968 they moved their growing family to
Killington, where they put down roots and involved themselves in
the humble beginnings of a small ski town. Pat was elected Town
Treasurer, a position she held for many years, and Ken arrived at
just the right time to fill the shoes of the only electrician in
town, who was retiring.
In his spare time in Killington, Ken volunteered his services in
many ways. He served on the Sherburne Volunteer Fire Department, as
Deputy Chief, Vice President and President. He was a longtime
Parish Council member at Our Lady of the Mountains, and helped
coordinate with the United Church of Christ on common
projects. He was also a founding member of the ecumenical
Easter Sunrise Service. Ken served on the committees that
built the "new" Sherburne Elementary School and the Johnson
Recreation Center in the early 1970s.
When Josephine Blanchard suggested the town should have
fireworks on the 4th of July, Ken took the idea and ran with
it, ordering the fireworks, building ground displays, organizing
volunteers and setting off the fireworks with a flare stuck on the
end of a 2x4. He was a charter member of the Killington-Pico
Rotary Club, and was their first Paul Harris Fellow. He filled many
elected and appointed Town positions, including Town Auditor, Town
Agent, Fence Viewer, Energy Coordinator, and Weigher of Coal.
Ken and Pat hosted several KTP (later KMS) students in their
home. Ken was a USSA Alpine Official; he volunteered at
Killington Ski Club as their Alpine start Official for many years.
His latest project was researching a way to preserve Bob Perry's
16mm films of the area; he felt very strongly that photos of
Killington's history needed to be preserved for generations to
Ken's was a voracious reader, an avid telemark skier, an
accomplished photographer, a casual golfer, a frequent traveler, a
savvy eBay shopper, and a talented storyteller. He was always
ready with a joke. And through it all he battled numerous
health issues, many stemming from Crohn's Disease, with humor and
Ken passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning
hours of Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. He received wonderful care at the
Mountain View Center in his last weeks, and at Rutland Regional
He is predeceased by his parents, John and Rita (nee McGrath)
Keim, his brother Arthur, and several childhood friends. He is
survived by his wife Patricia; daughters Ann Marie and her husband
Aidan Thomas, Christine Vandeberg, and Kathy and her husband John
Ferrara; grandchildren Delaney Thomas, Liam Thomas, Abby Ferrara
and Evan Ferrara; sisters Rita and Dorothy; sister-in-law Patricia;
nephews Glenn and Robert; cousins Diane, Lois and Ed. He was
also much loved by an extended family, many close friends, and a
community that meant a lot to him.
A celebration of Ken's life will be held at the Summit Lodge in
Killington on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 3-8 p.m. All are
welcome. There will be an open mic, so please come ready to share
stories and jokes. A Mass will precede the celebration at 1
p.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains.
In lieu of flowers, donations are very welcome to the Bob Perry
Film Restoration Project. C/O Killington Town Office ,
P.O. Box 429, Killington, Vt. 05751.