Kenneth Don Meola, age 67, died of Glioblastoma on October 1, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Mary Hoover with whom he shared 38 years of marriage; the loving father and father-in law of Matthew Meola (Lisa Ing) of Melrose, MA and Daniel Meola (Stacy Meyer Meola) of Exton, PA and grandfather of Alexander Meola, Tristan Meola and Clara Meola.
Following his diagnosis in April 2017, Ken met his three grandkids and relished their first years of life. Ken felt blessed and comforted by the caring attention and support of family, friends, and neighbors. He called himself the world's luckiest, unlucky man.
Ken was born in Newark, NJ, on February 28, 1953. He was the son of the late Robert Ralph Meola and Marie Suppa Meola.
Ken was a Systems Engineer, Planner, Program Manager, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Technical Manager for telecommunications network management systems. He began his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1977 and continued for 40 years through many transformations and changes of ownership, finally retiring in 2017. He was deeply committed to team play, beginning with high school basketball and carrying that through to his family and work. Ken knew innately how to bring out the best in everyone, that was his greatest joy and greatest gift. He was a graduate of Parsippany High School, New Jersey Institute of Technology and University of Virginia.
Though family and work came first, Ken was an avid lover of understanding the world through ideas, music and playing guitar.
In addition to his wife, sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, Ken is survived by his brother Robert Meola, many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law who hold him dear.
Per the family wishes, virtual services will be private.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine.
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