OBITUARY

Kenneth Schwartz

September 10, 1953January 29, 2021

Kenneth Alan Schwartz, 67, of Sudbury passed away peacefully on Friday January 29th surrounded by his loving family after a courageous two-year battle with Glioblastoma. He was a Power of Example to everyone who knew him through his devastating diagnosis, never giving up until his last breath. Ken was the loving husband of JoAnne (Rapchuck) Schwartz and devoted father of Brian, Jamie, Evelyn and Benjamin. He recently welcomed his first grandchild Dylan. Ken was born and raised in the Bronx, New York where he created so many fond memories and made lifelong friends who were dear and loving up until the end.

He lived in Wayne, New Jersey for a number of years before moving to Massachusetts in 1999. Ken earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and was highly respected in his profession. Ken had a love of animals and in his spare time did remodeling work and photography. He took pride in sharing his skills with others and mentoring them. He was an active member of AA for many years and enjoyed sharing his experience to help others to better their lives. Ken was devoted to his family and his greatest pride and joy in life were his children. He coached a number of sports teams for Brian and Jamie and loved cheering on Evelyn and Benjamin from the sidelines. He cried tears of joy when he found out he was going to be a grandfather and helped Benjamin build a trampoline this past summer when he could barely stand up.

Ken is predeceased by his parents Solomon and Evelyn Schwartz and his brother Leonard. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, JoAnne (Rapchuck) and his children Brian, daughter in law Jennifer and grandson Dylan of Wayne, New Jersey, his daughter Jamie and her fiancée Jessica Farzanfar of Santa Clara California and Evelyn and Benjamin of Sudbury, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Harriett Rapchuck of Norwood, his sister-in-law Karen Rapchuck of Norwood and her partner Paula Meyer, many cousins, and relatives from his first marriage.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the service will be held Friday, February 5’th at 11:00 am and will be private. The service will be livestreamed, so please contact joanneschwartz1@comcast.net for the link to the service. There will be a private burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sudbury. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the American Brain Tumor Association at https://mailchi.mp/abta.org/we-never-give-up?e=0d484d56fa.

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Ira Montague

February 7, 2021

We will miss you Ken. Your family and friends will carry on the wonderful legacy and love you've created.

Ira, Karen, and AiLi Montague

Alice Curnin

February 5, 2021

Ken was a kind, caring, humorous and generous man. I have so many memories of our families sharing time together with barbecues, swimming, and kids just generally running around the house and yard. During all of this Ken had a steady, calming presence, taking everything in and enjoying the company. I could always see how much he loved his family and took such pride in Joanne, Ben and Evie. He spoke often of Brian and Jamie, sharing what they were most recently involved in. The affection he and Stella shared for one another was also unparalleled.
It is with such heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our time with him. We hold you all in our hearts and prayers.
Love, Alice Curnin, John, Alan and Lia Kemeny

Johnny Farina

February 5, 2021

I’m a stranger. I’m writing because my brother-in-law died November 6th from a Glioblastoma. He lasted only about 11 months. I can understand much of what Kenneth’s family went through. It’s a horrible disease. I’m so very sorry. I’ll be praying for his family. Much love, Johnny

Tom Leach

February 4, 2021

Kenny and I were both in the electronics industry. He was always involved in high speed graphics problems and I was working for a semiconductor company

I would run into Kenny at different firms when he worked on different projects. He was smart and professional and he had a wicked sense of humor.

We also shared a love of muscle cars made by Oldsmobile. He had a red 442 that he drove for years. I also admire his wife who I never met. He was short of cash between consulting projects and was going to sell the car, his wife talked him out of it. Smart lady.

I enjoyed working with Kenny. A very nice, smart, gentleman. Gone too soon.

Rob & Cindy Hershkowitz

February 3, 2021

Kenny and I were friends for over 62 years! Almost all our lives. Most friendships don’t last as long as ours. I was lucky to have Kenny as a friend. He was one of the smartest, funniest and talented people I knew. From building a telescope to a backyard skating rink, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He even wanted to build a jeep in his room but then realized, how was he going to get it out!
I am saddened beyond words at his passing. Ken had the most wonderful and loving family who went beyond caring for his debilitating tumor. He fought a tough fight, never giving up.
JoAnne, Brian, Jamie, Evie & Ben.... Cindy & I want to wish you our sincerest condolences. He will be greatly missed and he remains forever in our hearts!
Cindy & Rob Hershkowitz

Lloyd and Donna Prezant

February 3, 2021

Memories of Ken,

Being a first cousin, I can remember Ken when we were very young. Visiting the Schwartz home there was always something going down that shouldn’t have been happening.
From those early pranks and such, to tuning up his fantastic Olds 442 auto in my father’s driveway, to him describing how he figured out, to the split second how to bid on eBay at the very last moment, to all of his accomplishments-well, that was a life well lived.
We will miss you but will never forget you....

Rest In Peace, and “nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!”

Scott Pransky

February 3, 2021

Ken
Wishing you endless flight through white puffy clouds
On bright sunny days where angels dare and smiles glare
Pain free and no burden to bare
You deserve to be there, where good people go.
You are amongst them now, though too soon.
I will miss your smile and your happy smirk,
Your technical conversation, for me, was always a perk
A good man gone too soon
Wishing you Blue Skies, Rest in Peace

And to the Schwartz family,
I'm wishing you love, big hugs and healing prayers
Fond and loving memories of Ken

John Connaughton

February 3, 2021

I will always remember Kenny’s Positive Outlook on Life, his Great story telling abilities and his Enduring Love of his Family. Rest In Peace Kenny.

Lisa and John Noone

February 3, 2021

We will miss Ken’s discussions of home and renovation shows, political views, birds congregating on the feeders and how to keep the squirrels away, the best way to anticipate acquiring and eating a donut, his wonderful amateur “yet professional like” photo taking for all our occasions, holiday meals together, chef at the best backyard BBQ’s, and frankly master of too many things to name.

His pride and joy, however, were always his family. JoAnne, Ben, Evie, Brian, and Jaime. You made him so happy!

Our deepest sympathies❤️,
Lisa, John, Alexander and Juliette

Steven Springer

February 3, 2021

When you've been friends with someone since you were 5 years old, you learn a lot about that person. And while I've always known Ken as a musician, artist, ballplayer, engineering whiz -- and most joyously as our class clown -- it is only in the last 11 years that I have truly come to know what a great husband and father he has been. My heart is with JoAnne, Jamie, Brian, Evie and Ben, and Ken is in my heart forever.

FROM THE FAMILY