Kenneth Earl Nero ("Kenny"), Sr. was born on March 27, 1955 in Washington, DC into the union of Jack and Marjorie Nero, who preceded him in death. The second of three children, Kenneth grew up on Shepherd Street, NW until the family relocated in 1968 to Silver Spring, Maryland. Ken attended Montgomery County public schools. After graduating in 1973, he attended Montgomery College before transferring to the University of Maryland where he received his BA degree in History. He went on to receive his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.
Kenneth met his sweetheart Teresa in 1973 and they married in 1980. To this union were born four lovely children, V. William, Kenneth Jr., Sean and Koren. Kenneth enjoyed traveling and visiting family in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Greenwood, Mississippi. The family spent many summer vacations together in Virginia Beach. Later after his children were grown and had families of their own, the family even made trips to Switzerland, the home of his eldest son.
Kenneth was a vegetarian for 35 years, eventually becoming a strict vegan. Healthy living was a very important part of his life and activities. He enjoyed martial arts, deep water running as well riding his bike and working out. He passed these healthy attributes on to his children. Music was another lifelong passion of Kenneth, in particular modern jazz. During his life he played the violin, piano and even picked up the trombone. Kenneth was an avid reader and, champion of the written word. He was passionate about history, political and natural sciences, and rational thought. Kenneth greatly enjoyed discussion and debate on various subjects and current events with family, friends and co-workers alike. He believed in doing good, and was always generous with advice, support and time for people.
Kenneth began his federal work career at the National Archives in Washington, DC, before spending over three decades with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) until his retirement in June 2012. Throughout his career he also worked part-time with Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). He continued with MCPL even after retirement from the federal government and until his illness.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Teresa; his children, V. William (Luana), Kenneth Jr. (Kristen), Sean (Ashley) and Koren. He also leaves two sisters, Jackie and Leslie Nero; four grandchildren, Peyton, Tyson, Ida and Valeria; host of other relatives and friends.
Ken leaves a legacy of love and kindness to all who knew him.