Lawncrest mourns loss of community activist

Ken­neth A. “Ken” Hy­ers, the long­time pres­id­ent of Lawn­crest Town Watch, died last Fri­day at age 57.

Hy­ers also had been a 35th Ward Re­pub­lic­an com­mit­tee­man, vice chair­man of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil for four years and chair­man of the com­mit­tee that pro­duced the an­nu­al 2nd PDAC com­munity day.

Each month, he’d at­tend the Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation meet­ings and urge his neigh­bors to join Town Watch. Last fall, he was elec­ted 2nd PDAC chair­man for the 2011 term.

However, he nev­er as­sumed the chair­man­ship be­cause he was dia­gnosed with stage-four lung can­cer.

After the dia­gnos­is, friends and fam­ily or­gan­ized a beef-and-beer be­ne­fit for him in May at Present­a­tion BVM church hall.

“Ken was gen­er­ally a good guy and an act­ive com­munity lead­er,” said Larry Genetti, the long­time treas­urer of the 2nd PDAC. “The Lawn­crest com­munity and his fam­ily have suffered a tre­mend­ous loss.”

Hy­ers is sur­vived by his wife Mary­ann; chil­dren Ken, Paul, Patrick, Jen­nifer Ehr­mann, Ann Ran­dolph and Megan Boyle; his moth­er Nancy; broth­ers Frank and Bob; and six grand­chil­dren.

A view­ing and fu­ner­al ser­vice were held Tues­day night and Wed­nes­day morn­ing at Wet­zel and Son Fu­ner­al Home, 6902 Rising Sun Ave. In­ter­ment was in Re­sur­rec­tion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, dona­tions can be made in his memory to the Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al Lung Cen­ter, 3500 N. Broad St., Suite 1101, Phil­adelphia, PA 19140. ••

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