Kenneth M. Regan

October 30, 1951March 4, 2018

Kenneth Michael Regan died suddenly at his home on March 4, 2018 in Killingworth, Connecticut. He was 66 years old.

Ken was larger-than-life, possessed a huge heart, and a wicked wit. He was a master of story (after story!) with a keen sense of wordplay and impeccably-timed jokery. While the image he tried to project was typified by bluster and bombast, friends and family all smiled inwardly, knowing full-well that behind that facade was a man of life-long friendships and a deep love of family, with a heart so soft that he was rumored to have been brought to tears by a touching television commercial. A consummate host, his feasts were legendary and his generosity of spirit was extended to all.

Ken was born on October 30, 1951 in Canton, Ohio to Michael and Phyllis Regan. He grew up in Terrace Park, Ohio, graduated from Mariemont High School in 1969, and went on to attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He spent his twenties traveling the country and enjoying being something of a hippie— it was the seventies, after all.

In 1982, at a small gathering at his parents’ house in Madison, Connecticut, Ken met the love of his life, Betsy. After a whirlwind romance, including Ken moving up to Connecticut from Philadelphia, the couple married in 1984. Ken and Betsy had three children, Kyle, Cameron, and Johanna, and moved to Killingworth in 1992. Watching his children grow up was one of the greatest joys of his life. Ken could always be found cheering at his kids’ sporting events and attending their plays and concerts.

Ken started his long and successful career as a commercial lighting salesman in Philadelphia in the late 70’s. He came to be known in the business as Regal Regan, Lord of Light. In his 35 years in Connecticut, he developed many friendships with his customers and associates. His family would like to thank all of his colleagues for their support and generosity over the years. They would especially like to thank Brian Onessimo and everyone at Graybar. Ken is survived by his wife Betsy Welling Regan, children Kyle Regan, Cameron Slaby, and Johanna Regan, son-in-law Chris Slaby and future son-in-law Tullio Milani. He also leaves behind his loving family, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Michael and Phyllis. His family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Guilford VNA, Yale Rehab Center at the Milford Hospital, and Family Practice Associates of Guilford, Connecticut.

A celebration of Ken’s life will take place at First Congregational Church in Madison, Connecticut at 1PM on Saturday March 10, 2018. All are welcome to attend and celebrate. The family will also have calling hours at Swan Funeral Home in Clinton, Connecticut on Friday March 9th from 5-7PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite local charities.


  • Calling Hours Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kenneth M. Regan

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Touria Bouchoutrouch

March 15, 2018

Ever since the cruise that we hung out on twenty something years ago I've enjoyed working with Ken. He was one of the warmest people I knew. He kept in touch with me up to the last by sharing photos of and stories of the dogs you two adopted. My heart broke for you when I heard that he passed.


Bruce Chappell

March 13, 2018

My Deepest Sympathy to Betsy and the Children; for the passing of a great person.
Remembering the parties we shared at Pilots Point and
your Home. Ken will be missed dearly.
Bruce and Judy Chappell

Norm Greenberg

March 9, 2018

Ken my friend RIP!
You're called me days ago to share e your daughter had a DNA done on you. You could not wait to share with me you had Jewish is in ythe our blood line. I said I would not allow it! We laughed a lot!
Ken you are Special!
All my thoughts and prayers to Betsy and Family.
Love Forever ever, Norm Greenberg

Michael Nizzardo

March 9, 2018

From all of us at N&S Electric, Inc. our condolences to the Regan family. Ken was a smart goodhearted friend. We are glad to have worked together for so many years!

Todd Gallo

March 8, 2018

Ken was a dear friend, mentor and one of the true legendary characters in our Industry. We spent many years together and I will never forget his wit, stories and jokes. He will be forever missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

Martin, Robert, Thomas, Dennis Regan

March 7, 2018

To Betsy and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. From Ken's cousins

Debby Wade

March 7, 2018

Betsy & family So sorry for your loss, my thoughts & prayers are with you.

Sharon Tierney

March 7, 2018

From my family to yours, we send our deepest sympathy and wish you much comfort and peace in the days to follow. Ken was a great storyteller, and he will live on in your hearts as you share your own stories of him through your laughter and tears with one another.

In deepest sympathy,
Sharon Tierney & Family
Graybar Electric

Marcus McPhee

March 7, 2018

Ken was a true friend of the McPhee Family. He will be missed dearly.... Ken was guniune, insiteful and a man of his word. I will always remember the good times we shared talking/laughing, conducting business and fishing! Rest in Peace My Friend!

Marcus McPhee

Charles Cowherd

March 7, 2018

So many fond memories of Ken from Knollwood and at the Regan home. It won't be the same hanging out on the pier with his huge laugh and loving heart.