Kenneth F. “Spooks” Neergaard

September 8, 2019

Kenneth F. “Spooks” Neergaard
U.S. Veteran

US Army

WWII

Kenneth F. “Spooks” Neergaard  in Woburn, Sunday afternoon, September 8th with his beloved son and family at his bedside.  The beloved husband of the late Helen (Stowlarsky) Neergaard, he was one hundred years of age. Cherished father of Kenneth H. Neergaard, his wife Carol of Woburn and the late Jean Olson, Barbara Neiman, Richard Neergaard.  Father in law of Robert Olson of CA.  Dear brother of Marie Theobald, her late husband Herbert of Stoneham, Milred Neergaard, and late brothers and their late wives Harold J. Neergaard, his wife Helen, Edward Neergaard,  and Ingrid Neergaard.  Loving “Pa” of  Catherine Biss, Michelle Olson, April and Kenneth Neergaard, Peter Neiman, and Erica Boyle, and great “Pa” of Cody and Caitie Biss, Ashley and Nicholas Baglieri, Allison Boyle, Rachel and Clayton Neiman.  Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great and grand.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 13th, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, Main Street, North Woburn at 10.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Family and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the funeral home Thursday evening 4-7 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Ken to The Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

 

Kenneth F. “Spooks” Neergaard passed away at his home, Sunday afternoon, September 8th, amongst his beloved son and family. The dear husband of the late Helen (Stowlarsky) Neergaard, he was one hundred years of age.

Born in Woburn, he was raised in East Woburn along with his four siblings. He was educated here and a graduate of Woburn High School, along with the Class of 1937.

Following high school “Spooks” as he was called began working for a very wealthy family  in Boston as their chauffeur. Beginning as a chauffeur, he rose to the position of being this families butler,  personal assistant to all, in the car, on the yacht, scheduling their appointments, vacations and tended to the familial needs etc!

When World War II broke out, Spook’s immediately enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, where he served his country proudly in the 355th Bombardment Squadron for over three years..

Upon his return home,  he began working at the Atlantic Gelatin in East Woburn. During his tenure here, he earned his Master Electrician’s License, and served as such, for over thirty years at the “Jelly.” He also was the family electrician who always availed himself to help others out after work, and on weekends.

In 1945 he married the love of his life Helen. They journeyed over the next forty four years together, having brought two sons and two daughters into their family. While the kids were growing up summers were always spent in Dennis for several weeks and in and amongst the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

When Spooks retired he and Helen traveled to Hawaii, where they had a most enjoyable time. Sadly after that Helen passed away in 1985.

The Neergaard family grew and Spooks became “Pa” to all his grandchildren, of whom he was so very proud.

He and Helen loved to dance throughout their years. Several years after she passed away, Spooks continued dancing with some of his dear friends in East Woburn.

Over the years Spooks had that old school charm! His personality, wit, charm, and many other endearing qualities has lent itself to him being referred to as “truly one of a kind.”

Mr. Neergaard was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife Helen and sadly three of his four children Jean Olson, Barbara Neiman and Richard Neergaard, his siblings and their wives, Harold J. and Helen, Edward and Mildred Ingrid Neergaard, and brother in law Herbert Theobald.

He is lovingly survived by his dear son Kenneth, his wife Carol, son in law, Robert Olson of CA, sister Marie Theobald of Stoneham and Milred Neergaard,  Loving “Pa” of  Catherine Biss, Michelle Olson, April and Kenneth Neergaard, Peter Neiman, and Erica Boyle, and great “Pa” of Cody and Caitie Biss, Ashley and Nicholas Baglieri, Allison Boyle, Rachel and Clayton Neiman.  Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great and grand.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 13th, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, Main Street, North Woburn at 10.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Family and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the funeral home Thursday evening 4-7 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Ken to The Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

 

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 13th, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, Main Street, North Woburn at 10.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.  Family and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the funeral home Thursday evening 4-7 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Ken to The Friends of Woburn Veteran’s, School 144 Street, Woburn, MA 01801

 

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  1. Sorry to hear of Mr. Neergaard’s passing. He was a legend for continuing to live in the family home at his advanced age!

    Grace Boutwell Morse

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss Ken, Carol and all those Spooks left behind. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Kenny and Family, so sorry for the loss of your Dad, have a lot of nice memories of 5 Elm Avenue.

    Bo Varnum DiLorenzo

  4. Ellen (Harkins) Frenette

    So very sad to hear of Mr. Neergaard’s passing. I used to love seeing his little tv lighting up his porch when I looked over on a summer night. Elm Ave will not be the same without him. Sending prayers for warm memories of comfort at this sad time

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