Vincent St. Pierre Jr.
Published in The Danvers
Herald from November 20 to November 27, 2010
Kenneth Vincent St.
Pierre Jr., 58, of Danvers, ended his courageous battle with brain cancer
in peace on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. He was surrounded by his family and
friends at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
He was born in Chelsea, Mass. on July 22, 1952, and was raised in Danvers
by his parents, Alice (Tarnowski) St. Pierre of Danvers and the late Kenneth
St. Pierre. He attended Danvers High School, where he met his high school
sweetheart and beloved wife of 38 years, Margaret "Peggy" (Toomey)
Ken was an amazing athlete. At 15, he played in the Danvers Twi League
with his father, earning the Triple Crown. He was a shining star of the
Danvers Falcons on the football and baseball teams. On the gridiron, he
served as team captain and set the Danvers High all-time rushing record.
He remains #2 all-time today.
Behind the plate, he helped lead the baseball team to the 1970 State Championship.
Ken was the inaugural inductee to the Blue & White Hall of Fame. He
attended the University of Indiana, where he continued to play both sports.
He started in the Hoosier backfield for two years, setting a sophomore
rushing record in his first year.
The National Baseball Coaches Association selected him to be the catcher
for the Division I All-American first-team in 1974. After leaving Indiana
in 1974, he played professional baseball for the Chicago White Sox organization
before returning to Danvers with Peggy to start a family. Together, they
raised three loving children | Janelle Moroney of Danvers, Kenneth St.
Pierre III of San Diego, Calif. , and Jacqueline Blake of Hoboken, N.J.
Ken was an avid sportsman throughout his life, enjoying golf at Ferncroft
and many other golf courses throughout New England. He had a passion for
deer hunting that turned into a passion for looking for deer out in the
field by his house, which he loved to do with his chocolate labs: the
late Cujo, and later Brady and Maggie. His favorite pastime though has
always been spending time with his wife, children, and their families.
In recent years, he co-founded the Knucklehead Club with his grandson,
Michael Moroney Jr. of Danvers, and distinguished himself as a proud Poppa
Bear to Michael and his adoring granddaughters, Vivian Blake of Hoboken,
N.J. and Kyla Moroney of Danvers.
Ken was a career restaurateur / lounge owner on the North Shore. His years
owning the Office Lounge in Danvers Square, Saints in Salem, and most
recently Seaquels in Danvers were highlighted by laughter with friends
and many successful charity fundraisers.
His penchant for making moments memorable helped make golf tournaments,
corn-eating contests, and the annual snowball tournament a rousing financial
success for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Danvers High sports teams,
and various scholarship funds and families in need. Kens desire to help
those in need manifested itself outside of his restaurant work as well.
There is no greater demonstration of that fact than his decision to donate
one of his kidneys to a sick friend several years ago.
In addition to his mother, children, and grandchildren, he is survived
by: his three brothers - Stephen, Theodore, and Lloyd Duke, of Danvers;
five sisters - Robin Diachisin of Peabody, Nancy Rezza of Peabody, Cindy
Milbury of Danvers, Patricia King of Peabody, and Michelle Sweeney of
Danvers; his sons-in-law Michael Moroney of Danvers and Theodore Blake
of Hoboken, N.J.; his mother-in-law Mary (Dunn) Toomey of Danvers; 35
nieces and nephews; 19 great nieces and nephews; and many sister and brother
in-laws as well as many friends.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at 11a.m. in
Saint Mary of the Annunciation Church, 24 Conant St., Danvers. Burial
followed in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers. Relatives and friends were
Visiting hours were on Monday from 4-8 p.m. in C.R. Lyons & Sons,
Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers Square.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kenny's memory may be made to the Jimmy
Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor,
Brookline, MA 02445-7226 ATTN: Contribution Services. www.lyonsfuneral.com.