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CELEBRATING KEN LIVINGSTON

August 7, 2021

PRIVATE EVENT

Kenneth Arthur Livingston

July 1, 1953 to July 27, 2021

68 years young. Ken went to be with Jesus on Tuesday July 27, 2021 after a nine-year battle with prostate cancer. He was born in McKeesport, PA to Arthur McArthur Livingston and Louise Cheslock Livingston. He ran through all the wood with his friends and spent most of his youth at the local swimming pool. They had two diving boards, a low board and a high board which he couldn’t stay off, and since they were all daredevils, they tried every trick they could on them. He attended all the local schools in McKeesport and graduated from McKeesport High School (home of the Tigers) where he dived for the swim team. He took first place every meet so Cal State University, PA offered him a scholarship to dive for them on their diving team. There they went to the National Championships two Years in a row. He joined a Fraternity – the Alpha Kappa Lambda and met the best friends of his life. During the summer breaks he would hitch-hike to Wildwood, New Jersey where he spent his summer as a lifeguard on the beach. He graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.

In the early 70’s Ken decided to become a salesman. Selling everything from office machines to cleaning chemicals. Because of his love for diving Ken took a trip to Jamaica and dove off the cliffs showing off his skills. He then decided to move to Florida because of his love for the warm weather, the sun and the beach.

He had a son – Steven – in 1996 who he loved dearly and “was the best in the world and grew up to be a fine gentleman”. Ken and his son had an appreciation and dedication for martial arts for many years. He was also able to watch Steven play football from a young age and throughout high school. He was very proud to watch his son participate in a sport that he loved. In January of 2021 Ken was fortunate enough to attend his son’s wedding. On that day Steven married Cristal Estremera (now Livingston) whom Ken loved like his own daughter.

Ken worked for Bobby Dixon for many years in his Karate school in Orlando. In 2001 he opened a Karate School with his wife and spent the next five years teaching Karate in his own Dojo, Ken-Do-Kai Karate. Ken became an instructor and taught many kids, including his son Steven, about discipline, respect and perseverance.

Before opening his dojo Ken met “the best girl I could ever have, Shari.” Ken and Shari married in 2002 and he spent the best years of his life with her trying to do everything they could together including riding motorcycles, taking boat trips and going to the beach. “She kept me on the right track or I would still be a renegade.”

He spent some years creating businesses and working for different companies. He was the “idea man”. Fightlikeagorilla.com was his brainchild when he got prostate cancer in 2012 and since he wanted to help others with the disease he donated what he made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to help the children.

Later in his life, Ken rekindled his passion for teaching and became a substitute teacher at Spring Creek Charter School in Paisley, Florida. After seeing Ken’s dedication and skills the principal of the school offered Ken a full-time teaching position. Ken was happy to accept and spent the next year of his life as a Varying Exceptionalities Teacher helping young children to grow. Unfortunately, his career as a teacher was cut short due to his illness, but he enjoyed his time there immensely.

Most recently he worked on Livingthebeachtownlife.com where he created T-shirts to sell to the locals in New Smyrna – his favorite beach. If you couldn’t find Ken you only needed to look on the coast, his love for the sun, sand and water kept him coming back. He loved sunrises and sunsets and took many pictures of them. In 1999 Ken wrote for a publication “Jesus Said So” which was also his creation. He loved the Lord and knew where he was going when he died. When he found out that there were no treatments left for his cancer (he struggled through many of those treatments although not many knew he was struggling) he said “Darn, I won’t be able to watch the Steelers this year!”

He loved his family, his life and he kept us all laughing to the end. Though he had many passions, with his quick wit and sarcastic humor he should have been a comedian.

He was the ultimate fighter and lived his life that way.

He also loved music (Classic Rock) so we are developing a YouTube playlist of his favorite songs to share.

He had the biggest heart – that’s what drew me to him. Until we meet again – honey – I love you.

Survived by his wife of 19 years, Shari, his son Steven and wife Cristal, of Florida, his stepsons – Joe and Andy DeDomenic, of Ohio and his Aunt Rachel Janosov in the Pittsburgh area and numerous cousins. Ken was preceded in death by his loving mother Louise, whom he loved and cared for and his father and his brother.

A celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at the Brannon Center 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 on August 7th, 2021 starting at 11 AM. A light lunch will be provided, please let Shari know if you will be attending so that she can plan accordingly.

Donations can be made to the family or to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital in Ken’s name.

 

Details

Date:
August 7, 2021

Venue

Brannon Center
105 S Riverside Dr
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Phone:
(386) 410-2880
Website:
brannoncenter.com