Kenneth Bowman Parris III, of Coventry and formerly of North Kingstown and Jamestown, died surrounded by his family on March 10, 2009.
He was the husband of Janet Parris and the son of Barbara and the late Kenneth B. Parris Jr. of North Kingstown.
He was a 1970 graduate of North Kingstown High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant administration.
Ken's career in the restaurant and food service industry spanned more than 30 years. He was the manager of the Bay Voyage Inn in Jamestown, restaurant manager of Theater By the Sea in Matunick, owner of Kens' East Landing Restaurant in Jamestown, and senior retail operations manager for Brown University Dining Services in Providence. He was employed as an inspector for North Atlantic Distribution North Kingstown at the time of his illness.
Ken was also certified as a master gardener, and master composter/ recycler by the University of Rhode Island.
In addition to his cherished wife, Ken was the proud father of his two sons, Kenneth B. Parris IV and Bradley Parris.
Ken shared a special bond with his blended family of stepchildren and daughter-in-laws, Nicole O'Connor, Amanda Parris, Shelly Straight, Nikki Santos, J.Ryan Hull and Brandon Hull.
Ken also leaves the lights of his life, his three grandsons, Tristin and Ryan O'Connor, and Chase Parris, and was looking forward to welcoming his fourth grandson, Bryson Parris, due in August. Their "Pep" played a major, loving role in their young lives and he will be watching over them forever.
His wisdom, strength, laughter and enjoyment of life will be greatly missed. He gave of himself without ever expecting anything in return. Ken's spirit will continue to guide his family down a path of growth and happiness.
Ken is survived by his sister Carol Parris, and brothers Raymond Parris, Steven Parris and wife Denise. He also leaves his nieces and nephew, Amber, Jaclyn, Jordan, Ruby and Cole Parris.
Ken was a treasure to his inlaws, who cared for him deeply and devotedly through his illness.
He was a special, unique, life loving man who will be missed by many.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 12 p.m. this Saturday, March 14 at Manning Chapel on the Brown University Main Campus.
The service will by followed by a short walk to the Brown Faculty Club, 1 Magee St. for a celebration of Ken's life from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.