Full Name: Kenneth I. Feinberg
Date of Death: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Kenneth Ira Feinberg
November 15, 1961 – May 4, 2021
Kenny was truly one-of-a-kind – someone who brought joy and love to everyone
he met. He had a great sense of humor and we loved joking with him. His favorite
holiday was April Fool’s Day.
He lived a good life, filled with love, supported by so many people who truly cared
He worked three jobs and participated in the Special Olympics before becoming
physically handicapped with Dystonia. He handled this situation like he did everything
else – with strength and grace.
He was the first to send a birthday card, a get well card, a condolence card. He would
send flowers at the hint of someone being sick. He wrote to everyone, and loved
getting letters back. He favorite purchase was pads and notebooks. He used them for
his letters and gave so many away as gifts.
He was an absolute music lover and listened to every genre. The impact music had on
him was magical, and his memory of who sang or wrote what song was unmatched. His
favorites were Glen Campbell, John Denver and Kenny Rogers. He probably had well
over 1,000 CDs and cassettes.
His memory carried over to everything else. He would remember our parents’
neighbor’s phone number from Paterson, every single person’s birthday whom he
had ever met, college mailbox numbers and dorm rooms.
He wore t-shirts with photos of him and his favorite people. He was famous for his big,
annual birthday bashes. He received as much love and joy as he gave.
Our parents set the example of what family means. They did what was best for Kenny
to make sure he lived the fullest life possible. They were his advocates, cheerleaders,
fans, caretakers, defenders, teachers. They taught all of us how to treat others.
Kenny was born in Paterson, NJ and raised in Glen Rock, NJ. He was embraced by the
Devereux Foundation in Pennsylvania for most of his life, and for the past nearly two
years, Spectrum for Living in Closter. Spectrum was a true blessing at this stage of
Kenny’s life. He was so happy in his new home, and loved his new staff and friends.
He loved his family greatly. His bond with his dad was fierce, and it was mutual. We
take comfort in knowing that Kenny will not have to live without him.
Kenny is predeceased by his mother, Roberta Pine Feinberg, and is survived by his
father, Gerald M. Feinberg, sister Amy B. Sanders, sister Mindy P. Liebowitz, nieces
Jennifer Sanders and Abby Liebowitz, nephew Matthew Sanders, as well as aunts,
uncles, cousins and too many friends to count.
We are all better people for knowing Kenny and being loved by him. It’s a rare gift that
we were given, and he will be missed every day.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Spectrum for Living ICF, 50 Blanch Avenue,
Closter, NJ 07624.