Kenneth H. Davies, "Ken"

  • Born: January 7, 1962
  • Died: April 18, 2017
  • Location: Indiantown, Florida

Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home

250 Center Street
Jupiter, FL 33458

Tel. (561) 744-2030

Tribute & Message From The Family


Kenneth H. Davies passed away on April 18, 2017, in Jupiter, FL. He was born on January 7, 1962, in Atlanta, GA. His family moved to Indiantown, FL in 1966 where he grew up and lived his whole life. He graduated from Jupiter Christian School and from the University of Florida with a Criminal Justice degree. Ken had a big heart and cared deeply for everyone. He was the first to help anyone in need. Ken recently retired after 32 years with the State of Florida Public Defender's Office in Belle Glade. Ken had a passion to help others and was known as "The man for the people". He was able to positively affect so many young lives due to his abilities to listen and provide guidance. Ken's kindness and passion to help others made everyone feel special and important. Ken had a great sense of humor, sharp wit and a big personality which made him the life of any party. He was a Florida Gator fanatic, "GO GATORS". Ken was preceded in death by his father, Harold Davies, and is survived by his mother, Aleph Davies, his brother Donell, sister Leslie Davies Shorey, a niece and nephew, McKenzie and Joshua Shorey, and too many special friends to list. Graveside services will be April 28, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at Port Mayaca Memorial Gardens 23900 SW Kanner Hwy, Canal Point, FL 33438, (561) 924-2362, followed by a Celebration Lunch at the Seminole Inn in Indiantown. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Ken's honor to the Place of Hope, 9078 Isaiah Lane, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418, www.placeofhope.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

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Ken was an extraordinary person, the finest man I have known apart from immediate family members. A more caring, dedicated helper of those who suffer from the condition of being human (everyone) is not possible to imagine: He CARED about people, regardless of their background or circumstances and Ken's intervention during his years as an investigator for the Office of the Public Defender softened the blows dealt by the criminal justice system for hundreds (thousands?) of clients. In doing so, he saved lives, figuratively and literally. Ken is so very compassionate, professional, knowledgeable and intelligent that it was not at all unusual for a client to answer "Mr. Ken Davies" when asked for the name of their attorney. His store of knowledge regarding the families in the Western communities of Palm Beach County was detailed. It spanned generations & was invaluable... 2 years working in the Belle Glade P D' s & Ken helped me as he did everyone. Ken stopped tears. Inexhaustible humor, albeit gallows humor at times, was shared to help all us remain sane in the face of often grim cases & client circumstances. The twinkle in that pair of bright blue eyes, paired with the TINIEST ghost of a hovering smile & you knew: 1) You were going to hear a drawled observation/comment, & 2) You were going to smile, likely laugh out loud. He seemed to be my brother by different parents. Ken was the other avid office fan of "The Game of Thrones" series-- texts of the "O.M.G.!!" variety fired back & forth if it was impossible to contain ourselves. An Easter Sunday spent at the Davies home is special day memory among SO many-- "Ken" and "was" do not fit in a sentence. He left when I was out of the country I miss "Misterkenkavies" every day; always will. Looking out the window on the flight back, all the bright blue kept him so present. Clouds, seen from above, give no better understanding of where a loved one goes they do when they're seen from below---but he's up there.

Posted by Carol Bickerstaff - Loxahatchee, FL - Coworker   May 19, 2017

I was crushed to hear of Ken's passing. I worked with Ken in the Glades for several years. He was truly a great man. Ken had the gift to make everyone around him to feel better about life. I will miss him very much.

Posted by joe marx - west palm beach, FL - Friend   May 08, 2017

Ken was a great man he helped so many people and was loved by many!

Posted by Pam Hernandez - Indiantown, FL - friend   April 29, 2017

Many condolences to Ken's family. I always looked forward to hearing Ken's laugh and seeing his smiling face and swapping stories and hugs for the over 30 years we were out in Belle Glade. Whenever I walked into the PD's office and heard his voice and laugh, it always made me happier I made the trip out. Ken was always working hard trying to help someone the rest of the world had probably written of years ago. Ken had a heart of gold and will be truly missed and Heaven is a better place to have him. GO GATORS!

Posted by Dawn LeRoy - Royal Palm Beach, FL - Friend   April 28, 2017

I had the great fortune of spending a few very special years of my long legal career at the Public Defender's Office in Belle Glade. I have learned of the very sad news of Ken's passing. I often think of my great time of being in that office and being so close with Ken. Just the other day, I was sharing old stories about Ken and Tom and our days in the Glades. Ken was such a great person: smart, funny, a heart of gold, and that twinkle in his eye and his impish grin. He will be missed. I thought the world of Ken. The world shines less with him gone. Good bye my old friend.

John

Posted by John Sumner - Canton, GA - Friend   April 26, 2017

I had the great fortune of spending a few very special years of my long legal career at the Public Defender's Office in Belle Glade. I have learned of the very sad news of Ken's passing. I often think of my great time of being in that office and being so close with Ken. Just the other day, I was sharing old stories about Ken and Tom and our days in the Glades. Ken was such a great person: smart, funny, a heart of gold, and that twinkle in his eye and his impish grin. He will be missed. I thought the world of Ken. The world shines less with him gone. Good bye my old friend.

John

Posted by John Sumner - Canton, GA   April 26, 2017

Ken was a great friend and confidant and I will always remember all the thoughtful things he did for me as well as the many people who knew him. He made sure that after Jim, my husband, passed away that I was taken care of and never hesitated to ask what he could do for me. There is not one person I talked to that doesn't have a story of how he has influenced their life in a positive way. He will always be remembered as the person who went way beyond; dropping off baby clothes to the hospital, taking a trouble youth under his wing and providing guidance, and even helping those in need by providing supplies for school and providing family support when necessary (The Man for the People). While I knew he always wanted us to celebrate his life, it is a little selfish of me not to feel sorrow that I will not hear his voice on the phone every day. Instead I will remember the many fun times we had together and that will get me through the sad times.
Ken, you will never be forgotten!
A close and loving friend,
Janann Nicholson

Posted by Janann Nicholson - Pahokee, FL   April 26, 2017

Gods Peace! Great Man. Never forget the memories @ Lake Placid with family & friends. Gods Peace from Jeffre, Katie, Jack, Ava & Ben Norris!

Posted by Jeffre Norris - Palm City, FL - Family Friend   April 25, 2017

What a loss...
I met my gator rival as a young prosecutor working the glades satellite office. I liked him immediately, even thou his job and goals conflicted with mine.
We formed a friendship that lead to golf on Fridays and beverages and stories soon after.
Our lives lead us in different paths and sadly our games and stories lessened. I will never forget my friend Ken.
You were one of a kind
God bless
Your Seminole golf buddy

Posted by Rob Reynolds - Jupiter, FL - Friend   April 24, 2017

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Annie Horne - NC   April 24, 2017

So sad to hear the news of Ken's passing, my childhood friend and neighbor . My condolences to Mrs. Davies, Don and Leslie

Posted by Ralph Beach - Vero Beach, FL - friend   April 24, 2017

Happy times spent with you and your family on Lake June in Winter. Fond memories. rip Ken.

Posted by Tracy Ryan - Statesville, NC - Friend   April 23, 2017

My condolences to Ken's family. I'll miss our "Gator talks" a few times a year. RIP friend.

Posted by Erik Zudans - Friend   April 23, 2017

I RECALL KEN AS ALWAYS A STAND-UP GUY AND A PERSON FULL OF LIFE THE SEVERAL YEARS WE WORKED TOGETHER AT THE PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE.HE WAS AT ALL TIMES A HAPPY PERSON AND WOULD HELP ANYONE IN THE OFFICE.MUCH TOO EARLY TO LOSE A MAN LIKE HIM.

Posted by DAN LAPOINTE - VT - Coworker   April 23, 2017

as a classmate ken always had a great smile. as a teammate on the soccer field he was one of the best ever. we as the class of 1980 will miss you r.i.p.

Posted by steve baldwin - west wendover, NV - Classmate   April 22, 2017

Rip my brother, gone too soon

Posted by Robert Grande - Fort pierce, FL - Friend   April 22, 2017

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ken's family during this most difficult time.
Ken was such a good person and friend. I will be forever thankful for the many wonderful memories I have with Ken from years ago that I will never forget. I'm going to miss our talks and the many laughs. Ken will be missed so much!

Posted by Donna Branch - Lake Worth, FL - Friend   April 21, 2017

I taught Ken when he attended Jupiter Christian School. Ken was a very bright engaging polite young man. He was a joy to teach. I am saddened by his untimely death and will be praying for Godly comfort for his family.

Posted by Gwen Scholl - Cincinnati, OH - Teacher   April 21, 2017

Sending thoughts and prayers for peace in the loss of Ken.

Posted by Alison Evans - Macon, GA - Brother   April 21, 2017

Ken you lived life to the fullest and our grief in the Glades is universally felt. Words can hardly express the loss we feel but a quote from Ernest Hemingway may sum it up best:

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.
But those that will not break it kills.
It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.
If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.

"King Davies" you were indeed one of the very good and thus left us too early and we are only comforted by the knowledge that you have found peace and eternal rest with your Heavenly Father.

Posted by Tim Beckwith - FL - Friend   April 21, 2017

Sorry for the family's loss. Ken was one of very few great men that cared about the young men growing up in the glades. And I'm very thank full he was there for me and believed in me. And because of him I'm I'm doing very well for my self and I'm not in prison. So thank you to to the family and to a great man ( ken )

Posted by Eric Miller - Chester, SC - Friend   April 20, 2017

Ken, I enjoyed you as a student. Your smile, your laugh, your kind co-operative spirit, and so much more. It was a wonderful time to have reconnected a few weeks ago! This community will greatly miss you!

Posted by Betty Wolcott - Hobe Sound, FL - student   April 20, 2017

Rest in Peace Ken. You were taken quite early. You were always a good, fair man - especially to me. RIP.

Posted by Donald Redd - Okeechobee, FL - Family Friend   April 19, 2017

Rest In Peace old Friend.

Posted by Robert Tison - Hayesville, NC - classmate   April 19, 2017