Published in the July 30, 2019 edition.
Ken was born in Malden on June 11, 1957, one of four sons of the late William H. Carlson and Patricia I. (McKenna) Carlson. Raised in Wakefield, Ken studied mechanical drafting at Northeast Regional Vocational School where he graduated with the Class of 1975. After graduation, he began a 30 year working career as a Mechanical Draftsman at Adcole Corp. in Marlborough.
Ken was raised in a close-knit Irish family of four sons. He enjoyed years of playing sports with his brothers, and trips with the whole family to Prince Edward Island every summer. With his brothers, he enjoyed playing cribbage and was a member of the Crystal Cribbage Club in Lynn. In his free time, he enjoyed watching the Bruins and Patriots, visiting his house in Wakefield, N.H., and was an avid NASCAR racing enthusiast. He also volunteered at the local vocational school as a mentor in the drafting department.
Ken greatly loved his two Himalayan Siamese cats, and looked forward to weekly phone conversations with his Aunt Ethel. Most of all, he appreciated time spent with his family at cookouts, holidays, and events. He will be missed.
Ken was the beloved brother of Timothy Carlson and his wife Christine of Melrose, Jack Carlson and his wife Julianne of Wakefield, and Richard Carlson and his wife Michele of Wakefield. Loving uncle of Denise, Mike and his wife Whitney, Scott, Joe, Justine and her fiancé JT, Shana and her fiancé Elton, Shawn, and great-uncle of Reese.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather in honor of Ken’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, August 9 from 3-6 p.m. Interment is private. For online tribute or directions: RobinsonFuneralHome.com.