On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, Kenneth Thomas Fessey, beloved father, husband, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many, passed away.

Born on Dec. 12, 1942 in Wiltshire, England, he spent his childhood working on a farm. Here is where he began his lifelong love and concern for animals. The family likes to consider that wherever he may be, he will be alongside his dogs that passed before him. For this reason, they request that any donations be made to the Humane Society of Franklin County.

Ken served in the British Army as a military policeman, which is where he met his wife of 57 years, Katherine “Kit” Fessey, who was also serving at that time. “Kit and Ken” were not only partners in marriage, but in life, bringing out the best in each other and creating a beautiful family together.

They had one daughter, Vivien, who inherited her father’s larger-than-life personality and gave him the son he never had, his grandson, Jonathan. Ken worked incredibly hard his whole life, loyally serving one company for 41 years and continuously putting others before himself.

When his daughter Vivien married Steve Roden and had his second grandchild, Emily, he moved with Kit from England to St. George Island. He lived on the island for over 20 years and loved the lifestyle of a local, finding happiness in talking to new people and making strangers friends. He could always be heard telling a joke, often one of the inappropriate variety, that captured his light-hearted spirit and revealed his love for seeing a smile on a person’s face. On St. George, he met some of his favorite people and spent his last days in the place he loved most. He was someone that people could always trust to be there for them, helping anyone he could with anything they needed.

He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His wife, Kit, and the family would like to thank the first responders and the staff at Weems for their diligent service and best efforts, as well as all who have expressed their condolences and help at this time.

A memorial will be held at a later time.