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Kenneth Massey, MD

September 9, 2022

Kenneth Lamar Massey, 63, of Far Hills, NJ, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2022 in New Jersey. Funeral service will be held at Saint James Catholic Church, 184 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 on September 16, 2022 at 12:30pm. A repast will immediately follow the funeral service at the Basking Ridge Country Club, 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 from 1:30pm to 430pm. Visitation will be held at Gallaway & Crane Funeral Home, 101 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 on September 15, 2022 at 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Ken was born in Quincy, FL to Hilda and Lamar Massey on January 21, 1959. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 1982 and went on to earn his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the same school in 1984. Following several years in clinical practice at St. Jude's Hospital and academia at the University of Tennessee, Ken worked for almost 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently at CorMedix, Inc. as the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs. In addition to the expertise, knowledge and insights Ken brought to his work, it was his humility and compassion for the patient journey that was so meaningful and inspiring to those around him. Ken was passionate about the Florida Gators and proudly represented his loyalty with various memorabilia placed conspicuously around the house, commemorative license plates, and a mostly blue and orange wardrobe. He was also a dedicated Pingry High School soccer fan and loved watching his son Alex and his teammates play from his comfortable perch atop the hill overlooking the Bugliari World Cup Soccer Field. His daughter Maddie convinced him to occasionally wear her Clemson Tiger orange, but only if the Gators were not playing that day.

Ken is survived by his wife of 22 years Jill; children Erica Beneduce (Jayson), Madison Massey, and Alex Massey; grandson JJ Beneduce; sisters Lynn Massey Watson (Mark), Rebecca Massey O'Donovan (Cormac), nieces Lindsey Geihsler (Greg), Stephanie Yeargin, Jenna Vittorioso (Matt), Katherine Yasavolian (Matt), Emily Shaffner (Mickey), Katie O'Donovan, and Maura O'Donovan; and many treasured grand nieces, grand nephews and in laws. Ken is preceded in death by his mother Hilda Blount Massey, father Cordy Lamar Massey, and his nephews Dominic O'Neill and Briggs O'Neill.

The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Susan Slovin, M.D., of Memorial Sloan Kettering, for valiantly fighting with and for Ken to give us more time with him than we anticipated, and to his sister, Becca O'Donovan, for her most generous gift of a kidney donation.

We are eternally grateful to our family and friends for making Ken's life so beautiful and full. He died as he lived, everyone's friend.

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