Kenneth L. Kuester passed away peacefully on June 24, 2023 at 86 years of age. He was born on January 18, 1937 on Staten Island, New York.
After graduating from McKee Technical High School in 1956 he joined the Inter-national Board of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 3, and was with them until his retirement in 1997. In 1966, he married his wife, Linda (now deceased) of Staten Island, New York and in 1967, moved to Sayreville, New Jersey. He served his country (Navy) from 1954 to 1962. He was very active in the New Jersey State Elks Association which he joined in 1977. Ken also joined the Masons in 1997 and became a member of the Morocco Shriners, and the Scottish Rite in 1998 obtaining his 33rd Degree. He was also a member of the South Amboy Elks Lodge #294 in New Jersey (formally Sayreville Lodge #5525), the American Legion Post #9, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4699, and Oceanview Lodge #408.
His love of fishing brought him and some friends to Perth, Ontario, Canada. He so loved the area, that he purchased a lot on Otty Lake in Perth and eventually built a cottage there. Each spring, summer, fall, and on occasion, winter, he enjoyed all the amenities of the Lake, especially the fishing, the snowmobiling, and the peace, beauty, and solitude of the Lake. After 50+ years of enjoyment, he sold the cottage and made Florida his year-round home.
He was active in his church, both in New Jersey and in Florida. He also was a Member of the Model A Ford Club of New Jersey, the Nutty Buddy’s RV Club, and the First Coast Miata Club of Northeast Florida. In his spare time, he enjoyed cruising, fishing, RVing, antique cars, woodworking, cooking, and Model HO trains.
He is survived by his brother, Alvin, of Warwick, New York, one nephew, five nieces and many good friends. He will be cremated and, per his wishes, his ashes will be placed in his niche at Elmwood Cemetery in Perth, Ontario, his beloved second home. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Fraser Funeral Home in Jacksonville and the Neptune Society with a Memorial Service to be held at a later date.