All of us here at AccuWeather have been greatly moved by the outpouring of condolences and sympathy toward Ken Reeves' passing.
On Sunday, March 25, 2012, tragedy struck the AccuWeather family and the weather community with the loss of Ken.
We appreciate the tremendous show of support from the National Weather Service, American Meteorological Society, universities, corporations, the media, individuals and organizations that Ken worked with or inspired over the years.
Truly this has been one of the most difficult days in our lives at AccuWeather as Ken was a leader on many fronts. We all share the grief of Ken's wife, Raychel, and his family.
He had a very busy life, not only with spending time with his wife on the West Coast and managing AccuWeather affairs in the office and on the road, but also with the meteorological community, including taking time assisting students pursuing their weather-forecasting dreams.
I personally met Ken at Penn State as a fellow student in the Meteorology program in 1981. I was tremendously moved by the positive energy he had toward weather and soon thereafter toward the AccuWeather philosophy of striving toward forecasting excellence.
According to Bernie Rayno, "Ken was a great friend and mentor through my years at AccuWeather. Life will not be the same without him."
Henry Margusity, who was a fellow classmate with Ken at Glenside, Pa., since the 1960s, was in shock over the incident and loss of a close friend.
Margusity said, "I have known Ken for over 45 years and not seeing him around and consulting with him on personal and business matters will be extremely difficult."
Ken was on the roof of his home taking down Christmas lights, when he fell to the ground below and succumbed to injuries shortly thereafter. We may never know what caused the fall. Ken was physically very active and in good health.
Hanging lights around the holidays was more than a hobby with Ken, it was a passion. At Christmastime, Ken's house was much more than well-lit.
Ken was 50 years old.
One of the many things Ken was so great at was no matter how bad the situation was, he would always pick up the pieces and move forward.
That is something he would want all of us to do now.
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