Kenneth D. De Young

January 1st, 2015

Kenneth Daniel De Young, age 48, of Dorchester, formerly of Wilmington, left this world peacefully on December 31, 2014, surrounded by his loving family following a defiant fearless battle with sinus cancer. Within the hour he announced his joyous arrival into the next in typical Ken fashion by lighting up the Boston skyline with fireworks. Right next to the Corita natural gas tank strung with the lights Ken had placed. Just like Ken… Go big, or go home!

Kenneth was born in Dorchester, MA, on January 19, 1966; he was the cherished son of Robert and Eleanor De Young. As a young boy, he collected friends along the way with antics of fun and more than enough mischief. Wilmington, where he was raised and educated had a large part of his life story. He graduated WHS in 1985 and was a Wildcat football captain.

Kenny was completely devoted to his family. Especially his grandmother, Ellie Albanese. He moved back to Dorchester, to take care of her, where she cooked “her son” dinner every night! He was an avid golfer, and a very talented cook. Kenny favorite place to be was at his family homestead on Foxley River, Prince Edward Island. His enormous gregarious family all adored him.

Kenny was a proud 25 year Union Electrician for IBEW Local #103 in Boston.

Kenny married the “love of his life and his true companion” Kristin Batts on June 30, 2006; Kenny and Kristin were a perfect match. Kenny really had two birthdays: the day he was born and the day he met the love of his life, Kristin. Kenny adored his Kristin, and Kristin adored her Kenny. It was a true love story. Made even more perfect by the addition of their Shih-tzu puppy, Ellie. Of coursed named after Nana, to her great delight!

Kenny will be continuously remembered for his unselfishness and generosity; he always gave. Whether it be a constant laugh, money, time, or a bit of mischief, Kenny freely gave. Kenny’s compassion and kindness towards others was unwavering, as was his humble nature. Everyone loved to be around Kenny. Kenny will be remembered as a fighter who never gave up in times of adversity, he never once complained, and always worried more about others than himself. Throughout his treatment, he wore a bracelet “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil. 4-13. Kenny lived by example and was someone who was truly admired and will be greatly missed by all.

Kenneth was the beloved husband of Kristin (Batts) De Young, cherished son of Eleanor (Conley) and the late Robert De Young of Wilmington, dear brother of Kellie Donlon & her husband John of Hathorne, MA, Jill Medeiros & her husband Aaron of Hudson, NH and Stacy De Young of Wilmington, Grandson of the late Eleanor Albanese, loving uncle of Samantha, Michaela, Matthew, Alexandra, Oliver, Geddes, Pierce, Avalon, Robert, and Ronan, son-in-law of Richard and Barbara Batts of Marshfield, brother-in-law of Carolyn & Mike Devine of Marshfield, Richard & Kara Batts of CT, nephew of Jeanne & David Bolduc of Mattapan. Kenneth is also survived by his constant companion his dog Ellie as well as many dear friends.

Kenny’s beautiful services were held at Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. His Funeral Mass was held at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment was at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Kenneth’s memory may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place 201, Boston, MA 02114.


57 Entries in Guest Book for “Kenneth D. De Young”

  1. Donna Hair says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. May god be with you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bill and Donna Hair

  2. Joanne and Brian McGloin says:

    kristin,Honey,Kellie,Jill and Stacy
    All of Kenny’s aunts uncles and cousins
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all T this difficult time.
    Kenny was an amazing man,I was privileged to have known him all of his live.may he rest in peace and be sitting at Gods table have a beer with his Dad and giving Nana Ellie hugs.
    You will be missed by so many. With love till we meet again.

  3. Julie (Biondo) Pozzi says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kenny was so much more than a friend, he was part of our family. I know in my heart that my brother Joey and Kenny are together again…picking up right where they left off.
    May your cherished memories of Kenny help you all through this difficult time.
    My Deepest Sympathy,
    Julie (Biondo) Pozzi

  4. Melissa Raffi says:

    Jill and family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Christina (Tina) Favero says:

    Kellie and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  6. Linda Smith says:

    Kristin, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Kenny’s family at this most difficult time.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Linda and Jimmy Smith

  7. Maura Graham Parnell says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Dagmar Batts says:

    Kristin, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband. My prayers to you and his family at this difficult time.

  9. Kerry Sheehan says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire DeYoung family during this difficult time. Kenny was such a huge part of my childhood & growing up in the neighborhood. May you find comfort in knowing how many lives he touched and cherish all of the wonderful memories.
    Kerry & family

  10. Mary & Kim Boyce says:

    Our Deepest sympathy to the De Young family, Kenny was a great person, loving, funny, have great memories of him with Joey. Our prayers to you all at this difficult time.

  11. Sharon and Brad Kimball says:

    Honey, Kristin, Jeanne and all the family,

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Kenny was a special spirit God allowed us all to love and know. Hold him in your hearts knowing he is at peace.

    Love Sharon and Brad

  12. Dena Heidt says:

    Dear Mrs. DeYoung and Family,
    Alexis and I are thinking of you and
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    We are sending you all our
    Love and prayers.
    Love The Heidt Family

  13. janet farrell says:

    Very sorry for your loss Carolyn. Love to your sister.

  14. Michael Woods says:

    Thaughts and prayers go out to Kristen, and Kenny`s family, Wongo was a great freind and very funny one at that, many laughs playing golf allways had a great time, Wongo you will be missed Woodrow

  15. Michael Cotter says:

    So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to your family.

    I have very fond memories of the childhood times we had together.
    Playing for hours in the De Young’s house, probably driving Honey crazy.
    I remember the Christmas morning that Kenny was so excited to ride the awesome bike he got that he was out early on Queen St whooping it up and riding gleefully in the cold and snow.
    I also remember in the time of Evel Knievel when he jumped that same bike over our ramshackle ramps at the basketball court and it snapped at the pedal crank. It rode like something out of a Dr Suess book after that.
    Or the time after ice skating when we got our pants soaked in a flooded Garvey Park and walked home without being able to bend our frozen pant legs.

    Thanks Kenny, rest in peace.


  16. Julia Hogan Drozdick says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Kenny was a wonderful friend and we are heartbroken that he is gone. We hope that your many happy memories will bring you comfort during this sad time.
    With much love and sympathy,
    Julie, Mike, Katherine & Danny

  17. Kellie Bresnehan says:

    Molly, I, and our family extend our condolences to you, Kristin. Our hearts go out to you and your entire family. Love & prayers.

  18. Janice Paine says:

    Dear Kristen,
    My deepest sympathies to you and Kenny’s family. I’m sorry I never met Kenny but from what I heard, he was a kind and loving man. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Janice Paine

  19. Bill Herrick says:

    Rest in peace my brother
    Great memories will last forever
    To Kristen and family our most sincere
    condolences and thoughts are with you
    Kenny brought a smile to everyone’s face
    And he will be greatly missed
    Much Love, Billy and Shauna

  20. Jim taylor says:

    The DeYoung Family
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Kenny was like a Brother to me.
    Kenny and I had a lot of fun maybe a little to much at time but boy did we have some laughs.
    Kenny had a heart of Gold.

    I will be thinking of all of you.
    I will never forget my pal Kenny. God Bless

  21. Bill "Salvi" Woods says:

    Kristin & The Entire DeYoung Family:
    Kenny has that innate ability to always bring a smile to your face; whether you hadn’t seen him in a day or in years. There are so many fun memories. I’d see him at my uncle’s golf tournament, and we would reminisce. Man, would we laugh just like it were yesterday. We hold him in our hearts, and his spirit will live on!

  22. Michelle Baken says:

    Mrs. DeYoung,

    Aria and I send our deepest heartfelt condolences to you. We are so sorry for the loss you and your family are enduring right now. You are very much in our thoughts.

    Sending you prayers and peace,

    Michelle & Aria

  23. Steven Caizzi says:

    The Deyoung family
    I am sorry for your loss. I was so very blessed to have met Kenny way back in grammer school and spent many fun filled days nights trips etc with him through the years. As I sit and type this with such deep sorrow I can’t help but smile when I picture his face. God bless you Kenny heart of gold!

  24. Kate Ackermann says:

    There simply are no words. My heart is broken for the entire DeYoung family. Jill is a long time friend and she and her whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers as they see through these most difficult days.

  25. Patrice Elia says:

    Kellie and family,
    So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. I have many fond memories of Kenny in high school, he always had a smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love the Elia and Buckley families

  26. Jeff Walsh says:

    RIP Kenny love ya cuz!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Elisha Cho says:

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    May the Lord grant his comfort and peace to your families and friends.

    Your family at DCN.

  28. sean connors says:

    Deyoung family,

    thank you for having a son and brother like Kenny. Im grateful to have had him as a friend. thoughts and prayers for your family.

  29. Michael Maiella says:

    Rest easy WONGO
    The memories of our friendship will last with me forever

    My deepest deepest condolences to Kristin and the Deyong family…
    Iam so heartbroken over the loss of Kenny,he was like a brother to me a great friend,,he was one of a kind so funny and entertaing
    Whenever I think of him I laugh..
    It was nothing but a pleasure when he lived with me in Vegas,it was actually a lot of fun…….I will always treasure those days

  30. Kristen and family, says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine the depth of your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers have been, and will continue to be with you.

  31. Andrew McCabe says:

    Dear Kristin,

    I was saddened by the news of Kenny’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Andrew McCabe

  32. kerry crawford/vaughan says:

    I am so very very sorry for your loss. I am praying you find comfort in the love you shared together. praying you are surrounded by good family and friends to lean on thinking of you and your family, love to you kerry

  33. Kim Balaschi says:

    Kristin ~
    Through these heart felt messages I can see that your Kenny was a truly a wonderful man. Know that he rests now in peace and I wish you peace in the love and memories that you shared.

  34. To the De Young Family says:

    I am very sad to hear that Kenny has passed away. He will be missed and is up in haven with Joey and Lynette. My your family find some peace at this difficult time.

  35. Stephanie dionne says:

    To the De Young Family, I am very sad to hear that Kenny has passed away. He will be missed and is up in haven with Joey and Lynette. My your family find some peace at this difficult time.

  36. Jennifer Currie says:

    Mrs. DeYoung,

    Bronwyn and I are thinking of you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. May you get some peace knowing that he is no longer suffering.

    The Currie-Powers Family

  37. Lorraine Savory says:

    Kristen, Honey and family, so sorry about Kenny’s death, we were so pleased that Kenny made it down last summer. we know that he enjoyed his visit with everyone. We will keep him in our prayers and thoughts. Lorraine, Junior , Denise,Leona, Bernetta, Willie,Lois and families

  38. Jimbo McHugh says:

    The DeYoung Family,
    So sorry to hear about Kenny’s Passing. He was a great guy and always had a smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this Difficult time.

  39. Maura Eastman says:

    To Kristen and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Memories will help you through this difficult time. And always know you will have an angel watching over you and with you.

    We will have you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Maura and Joyce Eastman

  40. Kathleen Iannaccone says:

    To Kristen and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kathleen Iannaccone

  41. Rebe,Alan,&Lloyd Kelly and families says:

    Dear Kristen, Honey, Kellie, Jill, Stacey,and all of the DeYoung Family.
    We were saddened to hear today of the passing of your beloved Kenny. We have many fond memories of his visits to P.E.I.,with his family, and of all the ‘fun times’ all the ‘cousins’ had around the shore, digging clams, and visiting back and forth in the ”good ol’ summer time.” Sincere Sympathy to you all. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Love, Alan, Rebe, Lloyd, and families.

  42. Michael & Brenda Ingersoll says:

    To family & friends,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Kenny will be missed! His smile would make everyone laugh! Our deepest sympathy with you all. Thanks for all the good times Wongo …what else can we say….
    We know you are with Joe now.
    Rest in Peace,
    The Ingersoll’s & MacDonald’s

  43. Kim Stoloski says:

    May you see God’s light on the path ahead
    When the road you walk is dark.
    May you always hear,
    Even in your hour of sorrow,
    The gentle singing of the lark.
    When times are hard may hardness
    Never turn your heart to stone,
    May you always remember
    when the shadows fall –
    You do not walk alone.
    God Bless you Kristin. We are here for you.

  44. mary lou leonard says:

    Kristen, Even though I can’t be with you in this time of painful loss you have been and continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. You are a loving and amazingly strong person and I know you were a beautiful blessing in Kenny’s life as you’ve been in so many other lives. Love, Mary Lou

  45. Anita Murray says:

    Kristen, Honey, Kellie, Jill, and Stacey,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. We were blessed to have spent time with Kenny last summer. He was a wonderful and loving cousin. Love and blessings to you all.
    Anita, Ralph, and family (PEI).

  46. The Monast Family says:

    Dear Mrs. DeYoung
    Our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family.
    Please know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers, Renee sends a big hug to you and to Ellie!
    The Monast family

  47. Mary Barnaby says:

    This is very sad, I knew Kenny many years ago and remember him as a very sweet and fun person. So sorry for his family. RIP

  48. Michael Moon says:

    I am incredibly saddened by this news. Kenny was the greatest kid growing up and truly a wonderful human being. I was like his big brother back in the 70’s. He was always upbeat, happy and smiling. My thoughts and prayers will always be with him and his family. God bless Kenny.

  49. Heather McHugh Fuller says:

    The DeYoung Family,
    My deepest sympathies to you all. I am so sorry to hear about Kenny’s passing. I am honored to have known him. He was a great guy and his smile always lit up a room.

  50. The Lenahan Family says:

    Dear Mrs. DeYoung,
    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    Love The Lenahan Family

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