Kenneth Vincent Reardon
July 19, 1927 – January 26, 2019
It is with deep sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Kenneth Vincent Reardon, Sr., 91, of Halifax (Parkland on the Gardens) on Jan 26th, 2019 in the presence of family members. Ken was the youngest son of Francis Reardon and Edith Maud Balcom of Salmon River, Nova Scotia and the beloved husband of Doris Joyce Reardon (May 15th, 1929 – May 26th, 2015).
In a generation enamoured by business, sport, music and entertainment icons – our father has been our hero. We are so proud of his accomplishments as a father, husband, local business entrepreneur and athlete. And we are so thankful for having both Dad, and our beloved mother, Joyce, as our parents.
As our father, Dad always maintained a strong, yet gentle and empathetic approach to his family. He led by example, trusted us to make the right decisions, and supported our efforts to grow and learn in whatever way he could. No sacrifice for his family was too little. As a husband, Dad’s dedication to our mother was unequalled and enveloped our family with even greater love and respect for him as our father. His love for his high school sweetheart, Joyce, never wavered through 70 wonderful years together, 63 of those years married. As a young couple, they enjoyed each other’s company and that of friends in many different Halifax social circles. They loved playing tennis, bridge, curling and dancing and wowed many a teenager at their older children’s house parties with renditions of the jive and the jitterbug.
After almost losing Joyce at 49 years of age, following her recovery from pancreatic cancer, Ken retired, sold his company to his children, and dedicated his life to an extended honeymoon with Joyce. They began to travel annually to winter in Sarasota, Florida where they loved to socialize with other Nova Scotia snowbirds, new-found tennis friends and countless family visitors. They travelled everywhere together during this period and into their twilight years. Some of their fondest memories were making international friends in their annual travels to international tennis events, where Dad was representing Canada on senior national teams for close to 30 years.
A Civil engineering graduate of NS Technical College (now Daltech), Dad was one of the early visionaries in the Atlantic Region’s environmental sector. He established Eastern Engineering and Surveying and Kenneth V Reardon & Associates Sales and Consulting in the 1960’s following several years of working manufacturing and construction engineering positions. In 1970, recognizing a growing concern in the Maritimes for clean community water systems and sewage collection and treatment, he established Atlantic Purification Systems Ltd. (APS), an environmental and industrial sales company. Through the 70’s and 80’s, he worked with Municipalities and engineers to pioneer the introduction and implementation of technologies in Atlantic Canada for environmental treatment of municipal water and wastewater as well industrial technologies for filtration and reclamation of lubrication oil and gas. APS also introduced modern paint and blast technologies to the construction industry for the application of paint and coatings.
Dad’s vision and dedication to the environment has been helping municipalities and industry in the Atlantic region grow and prosper in an environmentally sustainable manner since 1970. Now in it’s 50th year, APS continues to employ 25-30 persons in environmental and industrial sales career positions and acts as a training ground for numerous engineering, technical and business graduates throughout Atlantic Canada. APS operates today under a second and third generation of family management with five of his children, and five grandchildren, actively involved in the business.
Throughout his professional career, Dad was a member of, and supported, numerous social and professional organizations such as the Charitable Irish Society, NS Land Surveyors Association, APENS, and a large number of other sport and market entities. He was also a past president of the Halifax Curling Club. A friendly and sociable soul, he was a charismatic, yet modest and outgoing person. He was often recognized as the proverbial “life of the party” in professional associations and international sport competitions where he was respected not only for his professional accomplishments and athletic prowess, but for his friendly and welcoming personality.
Beyond his achievements as a father, husband and entrepreneur, dad also managed to achieve the highest of laurels over his lifetime as a local, and world class, athlete and was eventually inducted into the NS Sport Hall of Fame. From his early days as a teenager in Halifax, he displayed an entrepreneur’s spirit and a love of sport. His family was established in the local paint, glass and hardware market and he worked tirelessly at multiple jobs with the family, the city and a local rowing club while also developing a strong presence in the local sport community. If you didn’t find him working for his father or maintaining the fields at the Halifax Commons, he’d be running the grounds and canteen at the North West Arm Rowing Club. In his spare time, he played hockey with the infamous Saint Mary’s Juniors, played university hockey at Dalhousie and then Saint Mary’s University and played a number of years on teams in the former NS Industrial Hockey League. At the North West Arm Club, Ken was also heavily involved in rowing as a member of their highly touted novice team coached by former Olympian Fraser Herman.
Dads’ passion in sport however, was the game of tennis, which he picked up at the age of 18 and continued to play regularly at the former Cathedral Club on College Street, The North West Arm Club, the South End Tennis Club and the Waegwoltic Club. In his adult life, Dad spent every free lunch hour at the South End Tennis Club with many of the icons and grandfathers of the Nova Scotia tennis community who gathered regularly to do battle for the bragging rights of that day. He exemplified a generation who loved the game, and sport in general, for their core values of exercise, camaraderie and the opportunity to establish and grow relationships with friends and peers.
Dad developed into a top ranked senior tennis player in the province and for decades he travelled to regional and Canadian tournaments regularly to complete each summer. He won numerous singles and doubles titles throughout Atlantic and Eastern Canada. At the age of 55, he won the Canadian national 55 and over championship and followed with several indoor and outdoor age-group titles and rankings over the next 30 years. During this period he represented Canada annually on various national teams competing internationally at the Gordon Trophy, Austria Cup, the Britannia Cup, the Crawford Cup, and the Grant Cup and the International Tennis Federation world championships. Following retirement, while wintering in Sarasota, he became one of the top ranked players in his age group on the USTA Super Seniors Grand Prix Circuit in Florida, and was nationally ranked in the USA.
Dad is survived by six daughters, Debbie Lawrence (Dave), Judy Dauphinee (Alan), Carol Reardon, Kathy McDonah (Stephen), Linda (Reardon) Peverill, Paula Reardon; and his two sons, Ken Reardon Jr. (Cindy) and Terry Reardon. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Doris Joyce; grandson, Peter Strong; and son in law, Larry Peverill. As the youngest, and last survivor, of 13 Reardon siblings, he was also predeceased by nine stepbrothers and sisters, and by brothers Henry and Charlie and sister Marion (McCann).
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Laurie Mallery and Path Clinic staff as well as Dr. Valerie Lewis, nursing and operations staff at Parkland on the Gardens, private caregiver specialist Glenda Hibbs, and family friend Alan Baker, for their care, support, advice and friendship through Dad’s last several years. We also wish to acknowledge the efforts of our sister, Carol Reardon, who coordinated and managed home and support care, medical care and countless appointments for both our mother and father over several years.
Visitation will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive in Halifax, on Thursday, Jan 31st, 2019, between 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at St. Agnes Church on Friday, February 1st , 2019, at 10:00 a.m., Rev. Morris officiating. Dad has been cremated as per his wishes and will be interned at Mount Olivet cemetery with his beloved wife Joyce. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) through the IWK Children’s Hospital Foundation Office at 902-470-8085. Donations can alternatively be made to the Centre for Health Care of the Elderly, QEII Health Sciences Centre, PATH Clinic on-line at qe2foundation.ca/memory (Please direct your contributions to the PATH fund T858). Condolences and online guestbook at www.jasnowfuneralhome.com
Dad, you continue to be our sunshine, and make us happy when sky’s are grey. We’ll love you always!
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Kenneth Vincent Reardon 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: halifax, Province: Nova Scotia