Kenneth R. Strong, 43, Southborough firefighter/paramedic


Obit Kenneth Strong

Oxford/Princeton – Kenneth R. Strong, 43, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015 at his home in Oxford. Born in Holden and raised in Princeton, Ken was the son of Robert A. and Beverly A. (Yoder) Strong and lived 10 years in Oxford.

He leaves his partner with whom he lived, Robert V. Ackerman Jr.; their two children, Christopher T. and Joseph R. Ackerman-Strong; his mother, Beverly A. (Yoder) Strong of Oxford; a sister, Leigh-Ann M. Strong of Rutland; his father and mother-in-law, Robert V. and Sandra Ackerman of Rutland; a sister-in-law, Meagan M. Ackerman of Rutland; and nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. His father, Robert A. Strong, predeceased him.

Ken graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in 1989 and attended Quinsigamond Community College and Northeastern University’s Para Medicine Program. He started his career as a firefighter with the Princeton Fire Department as an on-call firefighter. He later went to work for Patriot Ambulance Co. in Hudson as a paramedic, where he worked for several years and was presently working there part-time. In 2001, Ken joined the Southborough Fire Department, where he has served as a firefighter and paramedic for the last 14 years.

He enjoyed any activity that would bring him outdoors, including mountain biking, boating, four-wheeling and skiing. Ken liked staying busy. He particularly enjoyed working at home on his cars and spending time in his backyard with family and friends. He was proud of his children and their accomplishments, and especially looked forward to watching them playing youth sports.

Ken was a well-respected firefighter and paramedic, and loved his job. He was a devoted family man and will remembered for his kind and selfless nature.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ken’s family Thursday, May 14, from 4-8 p.m., at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St. (Route 122A), Holden. A funeral service honoring his life will be held Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, 260 Cambridge St., Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ackerman-Strong Memorial Fund (to benefit his children), c/o St. Mary’s Credit Union, 439A Main St., Hudson, MA 01749.

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