Kenneth DeWolfe Bertrand

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Kenneth DeWolfe Bertrand
1943 - 2018
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Kenneth DeWolfe Bertrand of Palm Springs, Calif., died on May 7, 2018, of complications of a heart condition. He was born on Jan. 27, 1943, in Augusta to Virginia Peavey Bertrand and Kenneth Bertrand. His father died before he was born.
Ken spent his early school years in Augusta and Eastport, and he graduated from Cony High School in the class of 1961. He then enlisted in the Air Force where he studied radio electronics. Most of his working life was spent applying these skills in his own business selling vehicle audio and stereo components. Working with his wife, Darlene, they together built the business into the largest of its type in Southern California at the time. In this setting he had the opportunity to meet many well known people, especially in entertainment and sports including NY Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson.
From an early age, he had a great interest in the American West, and he loved watching Westerns. He loved horses and being out of doors, and he kept horses all his life. He had an especially close bond with one of his horses, Tango Bar, who was with him for 30 years.
He was known by his friends and family to have a great resource of life energy and a very strong work ethic. He could work hard all day and dance all night, and seemingly never tire. His entrepreneurial interests were evident in his interest in developing property; one of those was the Old Tavern Inn in Litchfield, which his wife Darlene and he owned and operated with his mother. He made friends easily and had a very 'can do' approach to living. He was kind, warm, enthusiastic and very quick to understand situations and what was needed to solve problems. Returning to Maine to visit extended family members and friends was something he loved to do. He was fortunate to enjoy a very full and active life, and he worked hard and danced nearly to the last.
Ken is predeceased by his parents; his stepfather, Henry Albert; his half sister, Jacqueline Albert; his maternal grandmother, Elsie Peavey, to whom he was very close; several uncles and aunts, including Helen Peavey Barreto, with whom he had a close relationship. Surviving is his wife Darlene of Palm Springs; three stepchildren, Ronald, Thomas and Joni Kleve; half siblings, Linda Albert and her husband Rocco La Penta of Freeport, Cynthia Albert, DVM of Palm Springs, and Frank Albert of Augusta; a stepbrother James Albert of Augusta; his niece Laura Burden and her children, Sebastian, Griffin and Isabella Shames of Portland; and many cousins, extended family and friends.
A celebration was held in Palm Springs at his residence and a celebration of his life is planned for later this summer in Maine. His remains will be interred in the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

Published in Central Maine on May 17, 2018
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