In Memory of
Kenneth Miles Strier
May 9, 1945 - Monday, June 28, 2021
passed away on June 28th, 2021, surrounded by family at
his home in Sun City West Arizona. He was 76. Taken from
us far too soon by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Ken
was himself to the end— equal parts stubborn and
creative, serious and funny, fierce in his independence,
love, anger, loyalty and commitment to dessert. And to
the end, likely underestimated how many people loved him
and how much.
Born in Staten Island, NY to Martin and Dorothy Strier,
Ken early on began building relationships that would
last him a lifetime. His friends from elementary school
and junior high school in New Hyde Park, Queens were
with him throughout every stage of his life, including
his dear friend Allen Hittelman, who introduced him – at
the ripe old age of 13 – to the girl who would become
his partner and the love of his life, Ellen Weber Strier.
He and Allen practiced learning to dance on her and
after a bumpy start (he thought she was cute and was
going to ask her out but their mutual friend, Don, beat
him to it) they began dating in 1964, were married in
1969, and welcomed daughters Shari and Michelle in 1970
and 1973. Dancing with Ellen throughout the years was
one of the great joys of his life.
Ken was a “lifer” at the Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey, beginning his career there in 1968 as a
systems programmer, quickly moving up the ranks to
management in information systems and finally settling
in information security until his retirement in 2001.
Throughout his adult life, though, his family was the
center of his world. To afford a house where the kids
could run around, the family moved to Commack, NY,
despite the two hour commute each way it meant for Ken.
He made it home every night by 7:15 for dinner, where
his girls waited, jumping into his arms when he arrived.
He often noted that, while long, the commute was what
enabled him time to decompress and be present with them
all when he got home. And present he was. Gently
cleaning and tending wounds, wrestling on the living
room floor, working on science projects, creating
Halloween tiaras out of his favorite medium wire
hangers, weaving tales to chase away bad dreams at night
and inspiring endless laughter in his daughters. He
continued to devote himself to his family as loving
Zayda to his four grandchildren, Alison, Zachary, Kase
Throughout his 20-year retirement, Ken explored his
artistic side. He was an award-winning sculptor (working
in clay, stone and metal), a jewelry maker and set
designer, deeply involved in the art communities both in
Long Island and Arizona. He was a member of TriCounty
Artists of Long Island, LIPSS (Long Island Professional
Sculptors and Supporters), the Huntington Arts Council,
and Suburban Art League and the Seven & Seven group.
Ken will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but
especially by the loving family he leaves unsure of how
to navigate a world without him: his wife, daughters,
grandchildren, sister Linda, brother-in-law and
sister-in-law, Paul and Diane, and sons-in-law Don and
Larry. To honor his memory and to advance a cure for the
cruel disease that took him, the family asks that
donations be made in his name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis
4538 North 16th St.
PHOENIX, AZ 85016