Kenneth Frank Verrill, age 45, of Colchester, passed away in Farmington on February 19, 2021 due to multiple complications created by the devastating and rapid progression of leukemia, that he had battled for the last three years. He fought his best fight and beat some odds through his valiant journey with that special sense of humor and optimism we all loved so much. Born in Hartford on May 17, 1975, to Richard and Lynda (Nelkin) Verrill. Kenny grew up in Colchester and loved playing baseball and softball, where his talent shined throughout his life. For his last season in Babe Ruth, he was coached by his older brother, Kevin. For many years, Kenny worked for the family business known as Fenceman and Sons in Colchester. Most recently, he worked for Eagle Fence & Guardrail in Plainville, where he was a proud union member of LiUNA LOCAL 611. Several years ago, Kenny found himself at a crossroad, which resulted in being incarcerated for a period of time. He worked to right his wrongs, and while there he made many meaningful and lasting friendships. Kenny is remembered by many to have a strong happy spirit, was accepting of everyone, his great smile, conversations, and loved to make people laugh. To his family, Kenny was the sparkle in their eyes, the smile on their faces, and the glow in their hearts. Kenny gave the gift of life fifteen years ago to his sister, Kelly, by donating stem cells to her when she also battled leukemia. He will be sadly missed, but always remembered with love by his devoted parents, Richard and Lynda; son, Kory; grandson, Ryder and his mother Samantha; brother Kevin Verrill, his children Kylee, Tanner, Hunter, their mother Sheryl, and great niece Paisley; sister, Kelly and Jim Martinez, children, Rick(Bink), and Dorothy; Uncles and Aunts; John and Deb Nelkin, Teri Davis and Vincent Savalle; special friends, Jill Bourassa, Patience Collins, Geno Caquette, Maria Balaban, and the Nelkin Rd. Nudniks; along with numerous other family members and friends. He was predeceased by his special Grandparents, Albert and Jane (Cummings) Verrill; and his two best friends, Austin Doyle, who also lost a battle to leukemia; and his well-loved Grandma Dot whom he shared a special bond with. Three words Kenny lived by: Trust. Strength. Optimism. Staff at UConn Jack Dempsey Hospital provided Kenny upstanding care with compassion, did their best along with Kenny to beat this and ensured he was comfortable. Funeral services will be held late spring, date to be announced. Family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org), Villalobos Pitbull Rescue (www.vrcpitbull.com). The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with care of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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