In the 19th Century there was a custom in the newspaper industry of “turning the rules” when reporting the death of an important person. The small lines between columns, when turned upside down, created dark black “rules” that signified mourning. Ken Kasperek, co-publisher of the Akron Bugle, died Sunday. He was an important person.
We will not try to list Ken’s participation in and support for many community organizations. It seemed to cross every aspect of life in Akron and Newstead. We’re certain the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Town of Newstead will not be the same without him.
Ken, with his wife and co-publisher Marilyn, shared the difficult task of providing their community with a local newspaper. Publishing a single newspaper in a small town is a labor of love. Ken handled the advertising and photography among numerous other duties that fall in the “need to be done” category while Marilyn is editor and co-publisher. As active members of the New York Press Association, Ken was a district director for the Western Region of the association at the time of his death. He and Marilyn were part of an informal group of weekly newspaper publishers from the Buffalo area that met to discuss mutual interests.
Ken will be missed in his community and in the newspaper publishing community. He was an important person.
His family will be receiving friends and family Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Newstead Fire Company, located at 5691 Cummings Road in Akron. There will be a Celebration of Life at Newfane United Methodist Church, located at 2699 Main St., Newfane, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.
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