Kenneth A Kilgast passed away on March 3, 2022. Kenneth fought back from numerous health crises over the last several years and his body finally succumbed to the devastating effects of Dementia and Atypical Parkinsonism.
Having excelled in school Kenneth graduated from Long Island City High School at age 16 and joined the USS Navy. Attaining the rank of Quarter Master 2 he travelled the world on board various ships including the USS FDR, USS Agawam, USS Valley Forge and the USS Davis.
After leaving the Navy he took advantage of the GI Bill and attended Pace University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Finance.
He joined Price Waterhouse and began a long career in finance. He held the position of Chief Financial Officer for a number of companies. And his financial expertise took him to positions all over the world.
He lived and worked for a time in Saudi Arabia as the Senior Financial Consultant for all of the Saudi military hospitals. And he developed international markets for companies in Russia, Tokyo and Brussels living overseas for periods of time.
He also formed his own financial services company Exchequer Investments, again working around the world with various companies as a consultant.
Kenneth was an athlete his entire life. He played baseball and basketball at Long Island High School and played both sports with the Administrative Forces while stationed in Pearl Harbor. He formed an Inter-Company CPA Softball League while at Price Waterhouse and they played their games in Central Park.
Tennis became a passion and he played doubles into his early 80s at the San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club. When he was playing in the very competitive men’s league with over 120 players he was always thrilled when he was ranked in the mid 70s, which matched his age.
Acting as a Docent on the USS Midway was one of the greatest joys of his life. He began in 2012 and logged over 3,000 hours there volunteering two afternoons a week until the start of the pandemic. He loved working at the Visitor’s Information Booth and greeting people from all over the world. And saluting and pinning the wings on the young visitors who participated in the Junior Pilot Program was always a highlight.
Cruising the world with LuAnn filled up many of the last 20 years. With over 70 cruises they touched on each of the 7 continents. While embracing the many beautiful sights and sounds around the world one of the greatest gifts became the wonderful friends he made along the way. He was fortunate to have friends who live in various parts of the United States, Germany, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, China and Canada.
He instilled his love of travel in his daughter Tiffanie. A professional in the cruise industry she carries on his love of the sea. And his son Kurt has followed in his father’s footsteps and has a career in finance. He was immensely proud of both of them.
He is survived by his life partner LuAnn, his daughter Tiffanie, son Kurt and his beloved constant companion “Stewie”.
If you would like to make a charitable donation in memory of Kenneth, please consider the San Diego Humane Society or any charity of your choice.