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Kenneth Dinicola

December 10, 2023

Kenneth Dinicola Obituary

Kenneth Philip  Dinicola, Sr.

Jul. 2,  1940 - Dec. 10, 2023

 Kenneth "Ken" Philip Dinicola, 83, of Hamilton, NJ, died peacefully Sunday surrounded by members of his loving family. He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania and was the oldest of six born to Victor M. and Jane M. (Tarin) Dinicola.  He married Margaret Louise ("Peggy") Maritz on January 14, 1961, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Altoona.

 Predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Ken is survived by four sons: Brian Kenneth (Laura) of Monroe Township, NJ, David Robert (Stacy) of Rosehill , KS., Alan Jeffrey (Marie) of Readington, NJ, and Kenneth Philip Jr.  of Robbinsville, NJ; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Bonnie) of Altoona; a sister, Rosalind Merritts of Hollidaysburg; and many nieces, nephews and cousins who were always a great joy to him.

 Ken is also preceded in death by two brothers, Victor and Stephen, and a sister, Constance Stoltz.

 After joining the U.S. Navy in 1960, Ken was assigned to the Naval Air Technical Training Center at Lakehurst, NJ where he became a member of the Navy's Airship Early Warning (AEW) Squadron 1.  It was while stationed there that he first met Peggy.  They married less than a year later, but two years would pass before Ken and his young bride would be blessed with the first of their four sons.  The last year of his service was spent at Naval Air Station Keflavik in Iceland, at which point Ken returned to New Jersey where he and Peggy had three more children.

Ken took on positions of increasing responsibility within the Specialty Gas industry to improve the lives of his family.  This led to four cross-country relocations, the result of which led to time spent in San Diego and San Jose, CA, as well as Kendall Park and Woodbridge, NJ.   Ken finished his career at Cryogenic Rare Gas Laboratories in 2002, retiring from that company at the age of 62.

Throughout his life, Ken cultivated various interests and hobbies.  He was interested in electric cars in the 1970s, and collected detailed plans for building such a car someday.    Later, his attention would turn to Black Forest cuckoo clocks, which he collected and repaired, to Navy ship's clocks, and then woodworking. 

The period of the American Civil War was of particular interest to Ken.  Ken's sister Rosalind delighted Ken with the gift of a pair of floral paintings, which their father had salvaged from an1840s era building undergoing extensive renovations.  He claimed that these particular paintings had been hanging on the wall of a room where several high-ranking officers had met during the war.

Whenever it counted, Ken put his wife and kids first.  He invested whatever time and energy he had left after a hard days' work to show them that they were the most important people in his life.  In the process, he proved that the most important and lasting accomplishment is not to spend money, acquire things, or check off a bucket list of places visited around the world.  Rather, it is to enjoy each other's company, to laugh, to play games like soccer in the back yard, to swim in a backyard pool, to go fishing, and to show love and compassion to other family members and to others.

 

Ken consistently demonstrated, and expected from his sons, honesty, humility, and honor.  He was, in every way that matters, the best role model anyone could ever want.  His loss is sharply felt by his sons and their families.  The profound influence he, and Peggy, had on the way their sons think, act, treat others, and expect to be treated by others, are Ken's and Peggy's treasured legacy.   

May both be found together, now and forever, in the embrace of our Heavenly Father's love and as His angels in Heaven.

 

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