Kenneth “Kenny” Dean Hackney, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and formerly Cologne, New Jersey, passed away Friday, December 3, 2021 at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, Florida with his family by his side.
Kenny is survived by his daughters, Terri Lynn Miller (Michael) and Jennifer Hackney Rann (Eric), brothers David Hackney (Jennifer) and Donald Hackney (Terry), 6 grandchildren, Frank Silipigni, Scott Silipigni, Brigitte Rann Bailey, Justin Rann, Joseph Silipigni and Anthony Silipigni, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, along with his ex-wife Judy Barrett Hackney and hislong-time companion Deanna Wright. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Earl and Estelle Hackney, his siblings, Doris Russo, Earl Robert Hackney, and Raymond Hackney.
Kenny was born on July 27, 1943 in Pleasantville, NJ and attended Pleasantville schools and High School. After school, Kenny worked with his father in Hackney’s Machine Shop in Pleasantville, NJ then later took over the family business and moved it to Cologne, NJ, where he worked with many close friends and some family.
Growing up “on the bay”, Kenny was a lifelong lover of all things along the water, spending time fishing, boating, crabbing, and of course, hanging with his cousins at Hackney’s Boatyard.
As his girls were growing up, the friends that became family spent years enjoying BBQ’s, swimming parties, and just enjoying life together, still offer great memories of Uncle Kenny.
Known as Pop-Pop or Pop to his grandchildren, all who have fun memories of visits to Florida to spend time with him. He carried pictures of his daughters, and grandchildren in his wallet and enjoyed showing them off! Although he was far away, photos of his family always surrounded him.
Kenny moved to Florida many years ago to help his sister Doris with her business, and fell in love with the Florida lifestyle of “living the dream” and never looked back! He became a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and enjoyed all that has to offer, and was affectionately known as “Karaoke Ken”. He met his long-time companion Deanna there and they spent the last several years caring for each other. We would like to thank Tammy Schwerin and family with whom they lived these last years in a comfortable and safe home.
A memorial service will be set at a later date, when he will be laid to rest at the Germania Cemetery in Galloway, NJ. In lieu of flowers, “In-honor” donations may be made in his name to your favorite charities.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and staff that cared for him, both on the East & West Coasts, Port St. Lucie Medical Center, Palm Gardens Rehabilitation Center, Orchid Cove – NPR, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.