On Friday May 26, 2023, Kenneth B. Carignan, Jr, passed away peacefully at sunset – his favorite time of the day. He was surrounded by his loving family; his wife, Peggy, his daughter, Lydia and his son Ken. Kenny was 64 years old.
Friends and family will always remember Kenny’s fun-loving nature, distinctive laugh, and a fondness for Yuengling beer. He never met anyone who wasn’t a friend. An avid sports fan, he adopted the Bucs, Rowdies, and Rays soon after moving to the Tampa Bay area from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
He loved the natural beauty of the west Florida coast, especially the marine life and sunsets at Causeway Village, when he would stand peacefully on the dock to enjoy the scenery. If you were blessed to join him, you would see the joy in his eyes each time a pelican dove into the water or dolphins appeared.
A natural born salesman, Kenny was also talented at working with his hands and owned his own construction business building patios and decks. He loved creating a vision for people and their homes, and did this with a simple pencil and paper. He went on to work at United Parcel Service for 24 years with most of that time as an over-the-road driver. He retired to Causeway Village in South Pasadena, Florida.
Kenny’s children were his greatest joy. His son Ken, fondly remembers the trains and tracks that Kenny built in their home as a child. His daughter Lydia enjoyed kayaking with him on the Intracoastal and helped care for him throughout his battle with cancer.
He met his wife of 40 years, Peggy, at a car dealership when her car needed servicing! It was love at first sight, and they were married on September 18, 1982. Peggy and Kenny loved dancing and enjoyed many trips on cruise ships. One of their more memorable trips was to Iceland. Kenny, in particular, loved the Caribbean, and always connected with the locals to learn about the culture in each place. He was fond of history, and loved to explore. They enjoyed many joyful years together, and she feels so grateful for his love and support.
Preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Hofstra, Kenny is survived by his father, Kenneth B. Carignan, Sr, his wife Peggy Carignan, son Kenneth B. Carignan, III, and daughter Lydia M. Carignan; his sister Michelle Carignan; his brother Brad Carignan, wife Josie, and their children Joshua, Joy, and Jordana; and his cousin Bill Hemme and wife Tina.
His neighbors at Causeway Village will always remember him with affection, in particular, his best friend Mark Oughton. Peggy is grateful to hospice and the many friends and family members that were so supportive to him through his illness. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. The family will hold a memorial for Kenny in the near future.