Kenneth L. Demaine

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Kenneth L. Demaine

June 16, 1953 - January 01, 2019

Kenneth L. Demaine Rockport - Kenneth L. Demaine, 65, of Rockport, husband of Barbara A. Demaine passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. It was sudden and unexpected, but he went peacefully.
He was born in Brookline, Mass. on June 16, 1953, son of the late Robert and Esther (Freedman) Demaine.
At age 16, he met the love of his life and soulmate, Barbie, and they have been lovingly devoted ever since. Ken was a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1971, and Berklee College of Music, Class of 1974.
In 1980, he and Barbie purchased the Bearskin Neck Country Store in Rockport. They worked side by side, bringing joy and friendship to countless people throughout the years. He and Barbie loved traveling and took many cruises exploring the world together.
Ken was a musician in his heart and soul. He was a talented bassist who played around the North Shore and Greater Boston area for decades.
Ken loved his family more than anything else. He was a loving and devoted father to his three daughters. He was always very proud of his kids and they adored him. He shared with them his music, his wisdom, his humor and his beautiful heart. He was overjoyed to be a grandfather and loved spending time with his grandchildren. They lovingly referred to him as “Guppa.”
He will be immensely and eternally missed by all who knew and loved him.
Ken is survived by his wife of 44 years, Barbara A. Demaine of Rockport, MA; three daughters, Krystal Demaine of Beverly, Bridget Demaine-Ekstrom and her husband Edward, Kourtney Buchanan and her husband, Scott, all of Rockport; two grandchildren, Daisy Buchanan and Ezra Demaine; his sister, Diane Demaine of Rockport; brother, Martin Demaine of Cambridge; and several nieces and nephews.
His service will be held in the Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle Street, Gloucester on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.There will be no visiting hours and the burial will be held privately.
Arrangements by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit
Published on January 5, 2019
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Mar 17, 2019
My heart is broken. Life is so different now. I miss you every moment of every day. We are taking care of Mom and remembering all your jokes and smiles. I love you Dad, always and forever.
First Daughter
Mar 12, 2019
Hi Dad, I miss you, every day is so hard without you. .... I am feel so sad that you had do leave and I wish your spirit and soul the most peace and healing energy. Love you!
Shari Berkal
Mar 03, 2019
So sorry. Rip. 🙏
Susan Lucas
Jan 07, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear of Ken's passing. He was such and icon on the neck! Always a smile on his face and a joke to make everyone smile! He loved life! May your loving memories give you peace at this difficult time.
Shelley Vincent and Family
Jan 07, 2019
So sad to see this , deepest sympathies to the family.
Jan 07, 2019
Sending prayers to the family
Such a wonderful man
Leslie & Terry Lannon
Jan 06, 2019
If ever you wanted to see what true love or family devotion looked like, look no further than the Demaine Family.

If you ever wanted to see what warm welcoming shop owners look like, look no further than the Demaine Family run Bearskin Neck Country Store.

Losing Ken is heart wrenching, and our hearts ache for you, Barbie, for the girls and for the grandbabes.

You know we are here for you.
With love and prayer,

Rest In Peace, Dear Ken. .

-Leslie & Terry
Deborah Weisinger-Seckin
Jan 06, 2019
So sorry for this loss. What beautiful soul that has been taken. Love & peace to all the family.
Lynn Shea
Jan 06, 2019
Sympathy to Barbie and the entire family. The country store won't be the same without you...RIP Ken
Mady Upham
Jan 06, 2019
Our family was so sad to hear of Ken’s passing. He was such a sweet guy. His cheerful presence in the Country Store always made it a fun place to visit. He made the store the focal point of the Neck. We’re so sorry for your terrible loss. Love, Mady and Jolie
Ralph & Jeanne Caso
Jan 06, 2019
Our sincerest and deepest sympathy with your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Krystal, and your family with the loss of your father. We're so very sorry.
Guilda and Joe Tranfaglia
Jan 06, 2019
So sad to hear of Kens passing, we are so happy that we had the chance to share a few words two yrs ago at the Country Store, his positive attitude and wonderful smile will linger in our memories. May God give Barbara and his beautiful family the strength they will need to carryon in his memory Rest In Peace Dear Ken
Deana Mezoued
Jan 06, 2019
Very sorry for your loss of Ken. Rockport won’t be the same without him and he will be missed by all.
Jayne Serrin
Jan 06, 2019
memories of laughter, music and Barbara and family thank you for sharing him with us thru so many you 💖
Dennis & Kathy Mac Donald
Jan 06, 2019
Our hearts are heavy with yours. My thoughts go back Kens smiles on the bass and behind the counter at Robbins way back when. It was a fun time in our lives. Ken knew most customers by name and just what they wanted. I know the smile continued every day any of us were lucky enough to have crossed paths with him. We are always wishing for more time with the very special person that Ken is. Peace to you brother. D
David Camorali
Jan 06, 2019
My heart goes out to Barbara and all the family in their time of grief. I am very saddened to hear of the sudden loss of my dear old friend and brother-in-law. Rest in peace, Ken.
Erica Hale(Camorali)
Jan 06, 2019
Aunt Barbara, I am so sad and sorry for the loss of Uncle Kenny.
Love you and the family!
Minda Kamen
Jan 06, 2019
My thoughts are with you all. May all of your wonderful memories of Ken fill your hearts at this difficult time
Janine Boucher
Jan 06, 2019
I’m sorry for you loss
Very fond memories
Of the country store!
John lopes
Jan 06, 2019
R.I.P my old gym buddy.
The Razdan Family
Jan 05, 2019
What a gift it has been to have had Ken in our lives. His humor, sense of fun, kindness, musicality and affection for family were part of our lives for close to 30 years. So many memories, so much laughter, and so much love. And so stunned at his sudden departure from the world. Our thoughts are with Barb and the family as they grapple with this terrible loss.
David Wittkower
Jan 05, 2019
I am very sorry to hear about this. ken was a great guy, always cheerful with a hello, excited to show you the newest model kit in the store or a joke. He will be really missed.
Georgia gibbons
Jan 05, 2019
Please accept the sincerest condolences from the Gibbons family to your family. So very sorry for your loss.
Dorothy and William Flynn
Jan 05, 2019
We are saddened to hear of the passing of this fine man. He was very kind to our daughter when she had a store on the "Neck". RIP, Ken.
Jan 05, 2019
My partner and I rented what was then an apartment above the Greenery Restaurant and remember the friendly manner Ken and his wife treated customers.He will be missed especially in Rockport.