Kenneth Joseph Stead, 68, of Englewood, FL sadly left us of natural causes on March 15, 2023. He was a lovinghusband, dad and son and will be missed greatly.
Ken was born June 6, 1954, in Columbus Ohio. He received his degree in finance from Ohio University.
Kenbegan boating at an early age on the Great Lakes and that love evolved into a lifetime of all things water - fromadvocacy on behalf of the Boating Industry in Tallahassee and DC to assure all had access to the water, to sailing,power boat racing and pleasure boating. His closing chapter on the water was General Manager of a successfulmarina.
Kenhad great compassion and was passionate about family, community, and racing of any kind. His sense of humor,quick smile and joking ways keptall his family and friends on their toes. He loved his community and willingly gavehis time to the local Chamber of Commerce and charitable events. Sports car racing was his latest interest andattended with great enthusiasm.
Ken was always checking in with his daughters to make sure they were okay, and his check-ins were full of support,wisdom, joking and laughter. He was extremely proud of their achievements and made sure to let them know howproud he was of them.
Kenwas preceded in death by his mom, Eileen, and his big brother Michael C. Ken is survived by his wife, Ellen,daughters April and Connie, his dad John, sister Cheryl, brothers Mike and Jeff and grandkids Abbie and Robbie.
A celebration of life will be held on a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation BBQ Relief.