Brothers and Sisters:
Below, please find Ken Secor's obituary and information about his memorial service on April 23rd. Ken's spirit and energy touched so many of us, both in and out of the San Diego Labor Movement; we hope you will be able to join his friends and family in honoring his memory.
Kenneth Edward Secor June 9, 1928-March 25, 2011 Born in Calistoga, CA. Ken joined the US Navy when he was 17 years old. While in the Navy he traveled through numerous countries, including Egypt and Greece. Those experiences triggered a lifelong interest in travel and archeology. After the Navy, at the age of 21, Ken worked as a Machinist for Wright Aeronautical and then Convair/General Dynamics. Soon after starting at Wright Aeronautical he became interested in helping the working man. He earned honors and awards as a volunteer before becoming a business agent union rep for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, where he worked until his retirement at the age of 58. He wrote his family and friends recently that he was so happy that he retired young so he could enjoy his family and travel. He continued to welcome every opportunity to volunteer to help the workers of America, as well as his family and friends. He was on his way home from his latest trip, when he suddenly became ill, and passed away in Incheon, Korea. He is survived by his wife Louise; their six children: Mike, Steve, Mary, Margi, Don, and Anita; seven grandchildren: Nathan, Shawna, Chris, Serena, Katie, Kelly, and Lilli; three great grandchildren: Christian, Isabella, and Jacob; his brother Ron and sister Alyce; and his little dog Canelita. In life, Ken inspired people with his spirit of adventure, loyalty, and generosity. Now that he has passed, we can honor him by pursuing commitments that enrich our lives and inspiring others the way Ken inspired us.
Friends and Family are invited to attend a Memorial service on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011, at 1pm at The First Baptist Church on 5th and E Street in Chula Vista. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the United Farm Workers Association or the Red Cross.
Jerry N. Tomaszewicz, Jr.
Executive Assistant to Secretary-Treasurer & CEO Lorena Gonzalez / Field Organizer
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO
3737 Camino del Rio South, Suite 403
San Diego, CA 92108
desk: 619.228.8101, ex. 5
"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. And you cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore." -- Cesar Chavez