In Memory


Ken Tashian

Ken Tashian
August 11, 1946 - May 18, 2021

Very sad news to pass along, felt in shock waves from coast-to-coast, from the first graduation year in 1960 to recent PHS grads - the news of Ken Tashian's passing in his sleep on May 19, 2021. Ken graduated in 1964, captain of the wrestling team, organizer of epic '64 reunions, and so much more. He's called the "glue" that held so many PHS alumni together and reunited, the show runner of this site, and, tireless historian and nostalgia collector of everything Paramus and Paramus High. If anyone personified a Spartan and the spirit of Paramus High School it was Kenny.

A full obituary will be posted as soon as it is received.



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06/03/21 08:37 PM #1    

Phil Fontana

06/03/21 08:41 PM #2    

Phil Fontana

     Kenny did more than anyone to bring together Paramus High School students/graduates. He established & ran both websites for Paramus High School & the Class of 1964. He reconnected us in our retirement years & ran our Class Reunions for the Class of 1964. Condolences to his wife Tory & his closest PHS friends. Kenny is etched in our hearts & cannot be replaced. We will love you always, Kenny.

    Kenny passed away in his sleep just like Teddy Roosevelt. And as was said about Teddy, so it can be said about Kenny. It’s a good thing he passed away in his sleep, otherwise, he would not have permitted it!  My friendship with Kenny during our PHS years was, as with many classmates, as class personalities who knew each other without close ties.  We were both on the track team Kenny’s freshman & sophomore years.  That was our closest connection.  It was in our retirement years through Kenny’s work on the two websites & organizing our class reunions for the Class of ’64 that we became close friends.  We discovered our common childhood experiences with Kenny’s childhood home in Paramus near the Rochelle Park border. I lived in Rochelle Park from 1949 to 1957 before my family moved to Paramus.

   And then our exchanges about planning the reunions & Kenny’s website posts really brought us together.  I would feed track & cross country photos & news articles to Kenny from my scrapbook, as well as other photos from our PHS years.  Kenny would always go out of his way to refer to me as “Mr. President,” from student council fame, kind of “tongue & cheek” which fed my ego from days gone by.  Besides Kenny’s website features from Photo of the Month, posting everyone’s birthday from his class, all those old class photos, in-depth features on the history of all PHS sports, & more, Kenny would also post historic events every year.   One such major event was the November 22, 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.  The loss of JFK was the seminal event of our senior year, 1963-1964, around which everything else revolved.  And Kenny took the loss of JFK to heart as deeply as any of us. When he did a post on our Class of 1964 website about our senior trip to Washington, DC, he gave his greatest care & emphasis to the photos & captions of our visit to JFK’s gravesite.  Kenny also liked to state for the record with ironic pride that our senior class trip to DC was the last senior class trip permitted anywhere!

  My deepest sympathy goes out to Kenny’s wife Tory & those of you who were personally close to Kenny.  I especially single out Kenny’s “Gang of Usual Suspects,” for I know how deep is your loss, your hurt.  I miss you too, Kenny.     Phil

06/04/21 07:08 PM #3    

Joe Kutniewski

It really saddened me when I saw the notice about Ken's passing. I thought about how I would express my feelings. Looking back to the time we played sports together in high school and the daily happenings on and off the fields and wrestling mats. I will always cherish the memories.

Ken was a real treasure-great team mate, great friend and a super human being. I know that everyone will miss him. I surely will. 

God bless to Ken and his family. 

Joe K.

06/05/21 02:42 PM #4    

Charlie Puccia

To his family and closest friends, my words can’t console but I hope my reflection gives solace to your loss.

The day I learned Ken died I thought of the song line, “Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry…. This’ll be the day that I die.” The class of ’64 died on May 18th.

Ken was a Paramus Prometheus. He created our class culling recollections of sprawling malls, hamburger joints, seventh-grade photos, newspaper clippings proclaiming glory to PHS teams, and gossip. Among his aphorisms, he’d cite, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” However false that be, he did the same for PHS alumni. He conjured joyous teenage years. Maybe they were, I don’t recall, but accepted Ken’s version whole cloth.

We may or may not have known him at PHS, but if you were on his email list of recent times, you came to know him and he knew you. I reread what he wrote in my yearbook, surprised at his compliment. To be honest, he knew me better than I knew him. His intense stare crisps the atoms to our future.

I was looking forward to reading Ken’s obit about me, as ridiculous as that sounds, convinced he would be the last standing. A well-known author put it best and applies to Ken: “It’s not how long he lived, but how much he was loved that matters.” Ken was loved by many because he made us believe in ourselves.

06/09/21 08:04 AM #5    

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