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“Please pay your respect to him today from 6:30pm at Wat Kosit (about 1 km south of Mission Hospital). Please dress in black or rotary shirt,” the notice read.
Mr Kenny, well liked and much loved by many, was a mainstay of many charity projects both on and off the island. He only recently returned from a charity project in Mae Sot, where he oversaw the installation of a clean-water system for an impoverished village.
A key figure in the recovery effort immediately after the tsunami devastated Phuket in 2004, Mr Kenny for years continued his post-tsunami recovery efforts, often taking US Navy volunteers to carry out repair and restoration charity projects for villagers and orphans still living in abject conditions on and off the island.
For his work with the Navy, Mr Kenny in 2010 was awarded the prestigious Sahataya Naval Insignia and Certificate from the Royal Thai Navy at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall in Bangkok for his role in 63 Navy Community Relations (“Comrel”) and Handclasp projects.
In May this year, Mr Kenny received on behalf of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach (RCoPB) Rotary Thailand’s highest service award, the HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Trophy, for one of three projects helping the children of Myanmar migrant workers and sea gypsies.
A “full-blooded expat” with character to match his intelligence and fine-tuned wit, Mr Kenny was also an active member of the Phuket’s famed Grumpy Old Men’s Society, and was to join the group’s Christmas brunch tomorrow.
Mr Kenny also brought to the island his passion for environmental protection, provided through his company Environmental Solutions & Protection Co Ltd (ESP Phuket).
“The company was first formed to aid corporations with the deluge of new Thai environmental regulations and technological solutions to meet government environmental standards and their ‘Environmental Responsibilities’,” ESP acknowledges on its website.
The company was formed in 1991 and opened in Phuket, on the bypass road, in 1999.
Mr Kenny is survived by his wife and three children.