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Kenneth Francis Bevillard
Our beloved father Kenneth Francis Bevillard passed away peacefully in his home on March 10, 2023 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife Virginia (Weber) Bevillard. They were married for 66 years.
Ken was born in Jersey City, NJ on December 27, 1934. His childhood in Oradell, NJ instilled a lifelong passion for sports, including playing basketball at Seton Hall, and coaching baseball and basketball from the time he was 18 and for all his kids throughout his life. He loved playing golf and bowling, especially with his family.
Ken and Virginia first met and bonded over their mutual appreciation for basketball where they played on the full-size basketball court Virginia had in her backyard in New Milford, NJ. At the time, he was running with some friends called the River Rats “gang” of Bergen County, consisting of Can Head (Ken), Moldy, Howdy Doody, Mire the Turd and others we care not to mention.
Ken’s last position before retirement was as National Sales Manager at Rockline Industries. Ken also sold many products throughout his long sales career including Mr. Coffee coffee filters, Dial Soap, Anacin aspirin, and while working his way through college, sold insurance, fire extinguishers, and wedding invitations.
Ken was the person who sang “New York, New York” at every wedding he attended, and never met a microphone he did not like so he could show off his love of singing and entertaining. Ken and Virginia’s home was always the meeting place for parties where family and extended family would meet for any reason they could think of to have a party. Ken was always the life of the party!
Ken’s sales career brought Ken and Virginia from Bergen County, NJ to Hollywood, Florida in the late 1960’s for a few years. He was then transferred to South Jersey and they planted roots in Cinnaminson, NJ for the next 15 years where he was active at St. Charles Borremeo Catholic Church.
However their love of Florida pulled them back in 1980 when they moved to Cape Coral, FL. Ken continued to work and fly throughout the country selling coffee filters until his semi-retirement in 2006. His signature line when meeting customers was “coffee filters have a nutritional value, they feed my family.”
Throughout his time in Florida, he loved cooking on the grill, always with a martini in hand, and watching his children and grandchildren grow and play football, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse and soccer, attending every game he and Virginia could. Ken was the ultimate family man.
One of his favorite trips was going to the Florida Keys each year for over 30 years during lobster season. He claimed he couldn’t dive due an ear injury, but he was Rope Man in the boat and watched over the beer cooler. He was an eternal optimist who chose to see the bright side of life. He had a sense of humor and wit that always made us laugh and smile right until the end. His joy and love for life were gifts he shared with everyone he met.
He leaves behind his children Ken (wife Shelly), Jim (wife Janet), Denise(Bevillard)York (husband Ron), Greg (wife Bielka), 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry Bevillard and Dorothy(Sheridan)Bevillard, and his sister Dorothy(Bevillard)Foss of North Carolina. He is survived by his sisters Ruthanne(Bevillard) Blank in SC, Michelle(Bevillard)Cunningham in NJ, Christine(Bevillard)Harris in MD, his brother Henry Bevillard(wife Terri) in Cape Coral, FL and many nieces and nephews.
A mass is being scheduled at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church in Cape Coral, FL. The family asks that donations be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33908 instead of flowers or other gifts.