NATICK – Andrew W. Kenah, 70, of Natick, died June 10, 2021 after a battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
He had hoped to donate his body to science so this rare disease could be studied, but there was no time to get the paperwork done in advance. He wanted people to know that was an option, though; please look up anatomical gift giving in your area.
Andrew was a member of a large family from East Orange, NJ. He is survived by his wife E Grace Broderick-Noonan of Natick, as well as his brother Lawrence Kenah and his wife Marcia of Acton; brother Peter Kenah and his wife Carol of Butler, NJ; sister Ellen Slanovits and her husband Robert of Pelham, AL; brother Paul Kenah and his wife Annie of Morris Plains, NJ; brother Patrick Kenah and his wife Moira of Newton, NJ; 16 niblings, 12 niblets, and six cousins, including Stephen Bauder; Paula Visco Kenah; and his dear friend Joan Wheeler of Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph B Kenah and Miriam G Kenah, and his brother Gregory Kenah. He was a joyfully sober man, and will be missed my many other sober folks. Andrew was a man with many interests and many talents.
He worked in the theater for many years, becoming a prop master, master electrician, lighting engineer, and an Equity Stage Manager on Broadway.
He worked with the Paper mill Playhouse in New Jersey, the Joffrey Ballet, and others.
After working in New York for many years, he moved to New England, and started working a Digital Equipment Corp. in Nashua, NH.
After a number of years at DEC, he left and began working more on his art.
Andrew was a talented sculptor in clay, bronze, marble, and styrofoam. Yes, some may remember the amazing river monster he created and installed in the Nashua River.
He also went back to working on movies, and has been credited on the crew of three movies in IMDB (although he worked on many others). He was a proud member of I.A.T.S.E Local 11.
Most recently, he ran a camera “shooting horses”, at Suffolk Downs for 15 years, transitioning into running the simulcasting at the track. He worked right up until the end, because he was not the retiring type.
There is not enough space to explain how much Andrew was loved. He was a kind, tough, loving man. He was stubborn, but always thirsted for more knowledge. He was an artist, a lover of science and math, dance and football. He was utterly complex, utterly loved, and utterly human.
There will be a Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Thanksgiving at the Quaker Meeting house at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/PFFTribute/AndrewKenah. If you prefer, donations may be mailed to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611