It is with deep regret that we report the passing of our brother retiree, Richard "Ricky" Kenyon, in Florida, where he resided with his wife Lucy. Ricky was 68.
Ricky served on the Hamden Fire Department from July 1969 until his retirement in April 1993. Ricky was a dedicated firefighter and was for many years a tireless negotiator for our three bargaining units, the Hamden Paid Firemen's Sick Benefit Association, the Hamden Firefighters Association and the Hamden Professional Firefighters Association, Local 2687, IAFF. In recent years, Ricky was a frequent contributor to the website, emailing links to online stories about labor issues concerning retirees.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ricky's wife Lucy and the rest of the Kenyon family.
Ricky's obituary, published in The New Haven Register, is shown below.
Richard W. Kenyon, Jr., 68, of Naples Florida, formerly of Hamden, husband of Luciana Maio Kenyon passed away in Florida unexpectedly on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Father of Kimberly (Mark) Rapela and Nicole (Raymond) Phelan. Stepfather of John (Diana) Kusmit and Jeffrey ( Amy) Kusmit. Loving grandfather of Lauren, Victoria, Brendan, Olivia, Tyler, Connor and Alexander. He also leaves behind his one sister Nancy Stanish.
Richard served in the U.S. Army for four years. He was a member of the Hamden Fire Department until his retirement, where he worked as an EMT and was a negotiator the local Union 2687 for several years. He was a life long Boston Red Sox fan.
Friends may greet the family on Friday from 9:30A.M. to 10:30A.M. at the Hamden Memorial Funeral Home, 1300 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 11AM. Interment will follow in Centerville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Richard's name may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492 or American Cancer Society, 1075 Chase Parkway #4, Waterbury, CT 06708. For online condolences please visit www.hamdenmemorialfh.com.
Massive Cold War Era Civil Defense Exercise at Groton Sub Base
On Sunday, May 19, 1957, a statewide Civil Defense exercise was conducted at the U.S. Submarine Base at Groton. 105 pumpers from all over Connecticut included Hamden's 1954 Maxim, pictured below on a New Haven Railroad flatcar. This photo, shot by I.A. Sneiderman, was featured with several others in the New Haven Evening Register the following day. This original 8x10 photo is from the archives of the HFRA.
HFRA Honorary Member Chan Brainard donated these news articles to the HFRA, along with hundreds of other HFD articles from 1955 through the end of the century.
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From the New Haven Evening Register, Monday, May 20, 1957 (Courtesy of Chan Brainard)
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New Haven's 1920s Seagrave Suburbanite (pictured above) was probably the oldest piece of apparatus at the drill.
Oct. 1968 - Ff. Bill Davin, Chief V. Paul Leddy, Commissioner Irving Saslow, and Lt. Jack Laffin pose in front of the '65 Mack at Headquarters to kick off Hamden's annual Muscular Dystrophy Assn. drive. (From the HFRA archives)
Website thanks to Sally Hines Rowe for providing this October 18, 1956 news photo from the New Haven Evening Register.