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Kenneth Allan Aldridge

February 9, 1950May 14, 2018
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Kenneth Allan Aldridge passed away peacefully on May 14, 2018 after a lengthy illness.

He was born February 9, 1950 in Norfolk, VA to the late Mildred and Robert Aldridge. Ken graduated the University of Delaware in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He married Suzanne Mangold on September 22, 1973 in Newark, DE.

He retired from Aventis in 2004 after thirty-three years. For the past fourteen years, he worked as Global Marketing Manager for BASF. Through his work, Ken became a world traveler and visited 108 countries. He was a passionate gardener, skilled woodworker, and avid tennis player.

Ken is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Suzanne; his children, Michele (Ben) DeFoe and Ken (Kelly) Aldridge, Jr.; his grandchildren, Adele, Davis, and Celia DeFoe; Kenneth, Kyler, and Kayla Aldridge; his sister, Pamela (Lee) Comegys. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Aldridge, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, June 2 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 1701 E. Millbrook Rd Raleigh, NC 27609, with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Carolina (lls.org/north-carolina).

  • FAMILY

  • Ken is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Suzanne; his children, Michele (Ben) DeFoe and Ken (Kelly) Aldridge, Jr.; his grandchildren, Adele, Davis, and Celia DeFoe; Kenneth, Kyler, and Kayla Aldridge; his sister, Pamela (Lee) Comegys. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Aldridge, Jr.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 2, 2018
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Richard Warriner

June 4, 2018

Aldridge Family,

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Ken's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Ken for the past 15 years at BASF, and considered him a great mentor and an even better friend. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel with him to Europe and South America a few times, and always enjoyed his stories and willingness to serve as our tour guide. I know I am among the many that he made a lasting impression on, both personally and professionally, and we will all miss him. So sorry for your loss.

Richard Warriner

Dave Downing

June 1, 2018

I was devastated to learn that Ken had passed away. I began my career with Ken at Union Carbide and have so many dear memories of our times together both professionally and in leisure. Ken & I made numerous sales calls and had untold meetings together, and when we travelled we usually ended the day playing many, many sets of tennis, which invariably Ken won! He was clearly a heck of an athlete! I always think of Ken as Mr. Temik - a true professional in every sense of the word and I learned so much from him during the meetings, activities and events shared together at Carbide, RP and Aventis. Ken always used to say that the "cream rises to the top" and clearly Ken was all "cream"! I will always hold Ken as a dear friend in my heart and will miss him terribly. I will continue to keep Ken's wife and family in my prayers!

Jenny Lee

June 1, 2018

Ken was a pleasure to work with and true gentleman. When I began my career at the RTP, Ken was one of the first people I had the pleasure to work with. I will always remember Ken's smile, thoughtfulness and kind spirit. My thoughts and prayers for his family and loved ones.

Hermann Castro

May 31, 2018

Dear Suzanne and Family,
I am deeply saddened by Ken's passing. Ken was truly an amazing person. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to interact and work with him. He was always eager to teach, whether it was work or hobby-related (gardening/woodworking). Ken always seemed to know what to say whenever he gave me advice and shared his wisdom. I will really miss him and his sense of humor. I will keep him, you and your family in my prayers. May he rest in peace.

Chuck Klein

May 28, 2018

I am shocked to find out about Ken's passing. I had the pleasure to work with Ken since he came to BASF a number of years ago. We traveled together numerous times and I truly enjoyed his stories especially over a glass of wine. Ken was a true gentlemen with a wealth of knowledge. I will miss talking to him at work and being able to go to him with questions.

Bruce Stanley

May 27, 2018

I first met Ken across the court in a doubles match at Millbrook Exchange Park in the late 1980's and I immediately liked him. He had a warm, gentlemanly presence about him which I always admired. We later became tennis pals after I joined the Raleigh Racquet Club in 1993, and worked together on the board. Ken was a fabulous host when I visited him in Lyon, France in 2001. Goodbye to a wonderful man and dear friend,

Chuck Dooley

May 24, 2018

Suzanne & family-
I am very sorry to hear about Ken's passing. I remember work-ing with Ken in the CT. Valley in
The late 70's & early 80's. We
Both had young families and
were going a hundred miles an
Hour. I have always rated Ken
the top Manufacturer Rep of
My career as a Distributor Rep.
All my family is praying for you.
Chuck Dooley

Dick & Linda Heidgerd

May 24, 2018

Ken has been a great friend, travel mate, tennis buddy for over 30 years.

We would spend hours talking about our view of the world and national issues, and Ken's view was always colored by his extensive and fascinating life, working with multiple international companies and living in and spending time in so many different and diverse countries. You could not pigeonhole his opinions, but you could sense his passionate ideas, probably because of the many divergent people he met and worked with during his global career.

We took advantage of Ken's travel, many times. We fondly remember being with Ken and Suzanne when he lived in France traveling over most of France and Spain and all of Andorra, tasting countless French wines while overlooking medieval castles and eating local olives. Staying overnight in a castle in Avignon! Really. And going to the French Open in Paris while staying at the Bastille section and walking the old town together seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral at night wasn't bad either!

He was loyal to his friends. Ken's generosity in handling his old friend's complex estate, even while his was ill, was awe inspiring to me. He finished this time consuming work just a few months ago.

I could write more about Ken. Tennis? Not enough room. But truly God has blessed us for knowing Ken.

Bill Jones

May 20, 2018

Ken was a great friend and tennis buddy extraordinaire. It was a pleasure knowing him over the years I could always count on him being a thoughtful, caring, and supportive friend; the type of friend everyone wants to have in their lives.

Ken was devoted to exercise and staying in shape, and he loved his tennis. Going back for many years we would go out on a regular basis to hit hundreds and hundreds of balls doing tennis drills. It was downright hard work, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it. As much as I loved it, Ken loved it even more. An hour and half would go by and I would be past the wilting point, but Ken was still primed and ready to go for another 20 or 30 minutes; and so we did many a time. I’ve missed my friend very much over the last couple of years, and I miss him even more now.

I’m sorry I’m going to be out of town for the Memorial Service, but I offer my sincere condolences to the family experiencing the loss of such a wonderful person.
Bill Jones

Keith Holmes

May 16, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Ken for 20+ years in several different companies and countries. He was a mentor, friend and all around good guy. I always had a chuckle when we would travel internationally and Ken would bring a suitcase full of cereal bars and water so as to avoid the local cuisine and any possible food borne illnesses. He sure missed out on the ceviche in Guayaquil! Rest in Peace, Ken and thanks for being a friend.

Biography

Kenneth Allan Aldridge passed away peacefully on May 14, 2018 after a lengthy illness.

He was born February 9, 1950 in Norfolk, VA to the late Mildred and Robert Aldridge. Ken graduated the University of Delaware in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He married Suzanne Mangold on September 22, 1973 in Newark, DE.

He retired from Aventis in 2004 after thirty-three years. For the past fourteen years, he worked as Global Marketing Manager for BASF. Through his work, Ken became a world traveler and visited 108 countries. He was a passionate gardener, skilled woodworker, and avid tennis player.

Ken is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Suzanne; his children, Michele (Ben) DeFoe and Ken (Kelly) Aldridge, Jr.; his grandchildren, Adele, Davis, and Celia DeFoe; Kenneth, Kyler, and Kayla Aldridge; his sister, Pamela (Lee) Comegys. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Aldridge, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, June 2 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 1701 E. Millbrook Rd Raleigh, NC 27609, with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Carolina (lls.org/north-carolina).