Kenneth Boone, 48

BWI airport worker

November 28, 2006

Kenneth Tyrone Boone, a retired airport worker, died of throat cancer Friday at St. Agnes Hospital. The Catonsville resident was 48.

Mr. Boone was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Hanlon Park neighborhood.

For 29 years, until retiring last month because of failing health, Mr. Boone was a ground crew worker at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

"It was the only job he ever had, and he loved it," said a cousin, Lynnwood M. Taylor. "When he retired, he was presented a commendation for his work that was signed by Governor Ehrlich."

"His final request was that his family gather at his home to celebrate Thanksgiving, and later that day he collapsed at home and was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day," Mr. Taylor said.

Mr. Boone enjoyed fishing and playing poker. "He was a modest and simple man who enjoyed spending time with his family," Mr. Taylor said.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Estep Brothers Funeral Service, 1300 Eutaw Place.

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, the former Renee Stewart; two sons, Kenneth T. Boone Jr. and Keith D. Boone, both of Baltimore; a daughter, D'Ara Boone of Catonsville; a brother, Kevin Boone, and two sisters, Pamela Eastman and D'Juana Boone, all of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

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