Kenneth A Aldridge
February 9, 1950 – May 14, 2018
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).
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home
1701 East Millbrook Road
Kenneth A Aldridge
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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.
May 17, 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.
May 16, 2018
Ken was a great person with whom to work, both in the US and global organizations. He always looked to the future and encouraged the best in everyone. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. I have only good thoughts of the time we worked together.