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Kenneth R. Karasin

May 1, 2015
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Kenneth R. Karasin, a loving brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend died peacefully in his sleep Saturday April 25th, 2015 in his home in Sanibel, Florida. Born April 14th, 1926 Ken served in active duty in WWII and subsequently married Henrietta Karasin and raised 4 children in Mt. Kisco, NY. He founded Khen Klassics Advertising in Manhattan where he took great pride in helping his clients move their businesses forward. He chaired the board of Poets In the Public Service for more than 2 decades contributing his expertise to a struggling nonprofit. Along with Henny, his wife of 64 years, Ken was a founder of both Bet Torah Synagogue in Mt. Kisco and Bat Yam in Sanibel. He was proud of the contributions he made to lives of the people he touched. A graduate of Bronx High School of Science and New York University, Ken had an insatiable curiosity about everything that mattered to him. He was an all city gymnast and golden gloves boxer and remained active all his life. He loved fishing, camping, boating, skiing, playing tennis and golfing. Yet, spending time together with family and friends was when he was most content. Ken was an artist, a writer and thinker of great thoughts! He travelled almost every year of his adult life, spanning 6 of the 7 continents and enjoyed the experience of seeing how others, of differing cultures and beliefs met the challenges of their lives. Ken loved life's journeys both literally and figuratively. Ken is survived by Myra Klahr, his 4 children and their spouses, Brad & Shuly Karasin, Craig and Sandy Karasin, Blair and Victoria Karasin and Michael Samet and Elissa Karasin-Samet, 11 grandchildren, nieces and nephews. It is hard to put into words the void that his family and friends feel at his passing but we know that Ken lived his life on his own terms. He did it his way!

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