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Ken Whiting

Kendall M. Whiting of Pensacola, FA passed away on December 31, 2011 a few minutes before the start of the New Year. He was born in New Bedford, MA on July 18, 1941 and spent his formative years in Stamford, CT. After graduating from Central Connecticut State College he spent the spring of 1964 working for the AMC at Pinkham Notch Camp and continued on during the summer working in the storehouse and as a truck driver. After leaving AMC, he spent a year in Torrington, CT teaching power mechanics in the industrial arts program of the local high school and then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. After completing Officer Candidate School, he was sent to Pensacola, FL to be trained as a helicopter pilot. While in Pensacola, he met and married Julie Anne Reese. Flying became a passion for him. He pursued this passion for 20+ years in the Coast Guard with postings in NJ, TX, WA, CA, AL, and the Antarctic. He retired from the Coast Guard as a Lt. Commander in the late 80’s.

In retirement he continued his love of flying by becoming a certified aircraft mechanic, and then teaching the subject at a specialty technical school in southern Maine. This in turn led to his participation in a project that successful constructed a working replica of the “Vin Fizz,” the first plane to fly coast to coast across the US. Retirement also gave him the opportunity to pursue his second passion—riding BMW motorcyles. Towards the end of this project in the late 90’s Ken was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. With the recognition of what the future held for him and the desire of his wife to be closer to her parents, they relocated from Maine back to Pensacola. The Parkinson’s and complications associated with the disease ultimately took his life. Ken is survived by his wife, Julie Anne of Pensacola, their sons Ethan and his wife, Rita, of Fayetteville, AK, and Zachary of San Francisco, CA, a sister, Linda Eaton of Denmark, ME, and a brother, Gerry of North Yarmouth, ME and his wife, Meta (both OH). Ken was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Dana, who worked in the huts during the late 60’s.

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