WEAVERVILLE - On October 22, 2017 heaven was blessed with a historian, an AmeriCorps volunteer and a soul that was loved by everyone he met. Kenneth Aaron was a North Buncombe High School graduate where he excelled in all he touched.
A graduate of UNC Wilmington with a double degree in Political Science and Anthropology, Aaron graduated with highest honors. Accepted into UNC Chapel Hill Law School, Aaron chose to volunteer as an AmeriCorps Vista in Montana with his cousin Sam where his illness began. Regardless of the disease that plagued him Aaron never stopped setting goals and reaching for the stars.
Aaron’s mother, Pamela, sister, Madeline, father, Edward, and his step father, John Payne with grandfather, Kenneth Clark and family, were there to comfort and help Aaron as he fought to move forward. If you knew Aaron, words could never describe his loving ways. If you never met Aaron, then you missed the best friend any of us could ever have, with a sense of humor that brought out the best in all of us. Aaron’s niece, Emma-Grace, lifted him and touched his heart referring to him as Uncle Fish. Aaron’s chocolate lab Raleigh was an endless inspiration and always by his side. Aaron was a friend to the outdoors, backpacking, camping and is truly a part of the nature he loved. We all love Kenneth Aaron and he will live in all of us for eternity.
On October 28, 2017 please join us as we celebrate Kenneth Aaron’s life at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 10 N Liberty Street, Asheville NC at 2:00pm.
For those who desire, a memorial contribution may be made to https://labrescuenc.org/.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Hirsch’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
Celebration of Life
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Saturday October 28th, 2017
10 North Liberty Street
Asheville, NC 28801
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I am so sorry to hear about Aaron. It was a pleasure working wothbhim. Please know you band your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paula "Beddingfield" and Kevin Beddingfield
Submitted by Paula Beddingfield on Oct 30 2017 10:18:57 PM
My heart aches for your family. He was good friends with my daughters, Elyse and Erin. The last time I saw him he was at our house around our outdoor fire pit laughing with his friends. He was a kind soul, smart, funny and a really good person. He will be missed by many.
Submitted by Joan Keefe on Oct 30 2017 07:12:30 AM
Dear Pam and Family,
I just saw the announcement on Joy's facebook. I'm so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you all.
Doug, Sam, and Tara Spires
Submitted by Doug Spires on Oct 29 2017 12:03:36 AM
Dear Pam and family,
My heart goes out to you. We are so sorry that we lost such a shining light such as Aaron. Our prayers are with you.
Anita and Trip White
Submitted by Anita White on Oct 28 2017 06:19:20 PM
My heart breaks for you. I can not even imagine what your family is feeling right now. I am so sorry about the passing of Aaron. He was such a kind and gentle kid. He was in class with my son, Sean, all through school up until they left for college. He was the kind of son that every mother hopes for. Cherish the memories and love that Aaron left behind. May God give you peace and comfort as only He can during this time of grief.
Submitted by Jan Blakely on Oct 27 2017 09:46:32 PM
I knew Hirsch in high school and growing up in Weaverville, however, our friendship truly grew while attending UNCW together. Hirsch was always someone I could count on to pass along invites to the guys’ perfectly themed house parties, Thursday night beach bar outings, or other Wilm shenanigans. One time the guys threw a Jersey Shore party and I will never forget the costume level they all took it to, but hands down, Hirsch was the best! He painted his face a brown/orange to look like a fake tan, and it was amazing, he even played the character and had a “jersey shore accent” the whole night!
We had a lot in common and would always talk about our favorite 90s movies, soundtracks, and bands. I swear he remembered every single detail I ever told him about my likes and dislikes. About a year ago he texted me because he was listening to one of my favorite songs by the Pixies, I didn’t even remember telling him that it was a favorite of mine, but I must have at some point and of course, he remembered. We chatted for a bit and he mainly just wanted to check in to see what was new in my life. He mentioned that he had been dealing with some health issues, however, he only mentioned it to let me know that was the reason why he hadn’t reached out in a while, not to complain or seek sympathy in any way, he breezed past the subject and kept the conversation mostly about me. Completely selfless. Completely Hirsch. We then carried on our usual conversation about Cruel Intentions (which I happened to be watching at the time) and other late 90s movie classics. I remember this conversation like it was yesterday because I remember how excited I was to talk to him.
He was one of a kind. A truly great friend. Completely selfless. And he will be missed dearly.
Sending all my love to his family and friends from Seattle, WA.
Submitted by Brittney McDonald on Oct 27 2017 02:26:10 AM
Pam, John, Madeline and Ken:
Aaron was/ IS a gentle, sweet soul with a big heart.
It was our privilege to have him as part of the family for so many years.
Everyone who knew him loved him ( he was Tanks favorite person!).
It is incomprehensible to me that this has happened, and my heart truly breaks
for all of you.
Much love, Joy, Jeff, Megan and Tim
Submitted by Joy Pansiera on Oct 27 2017 12:20:25 AM
I was introduced to Aaron in College and instantly fell right in with him and all the guys. What a great guy to always be around and fun and interesting conversation always. He was a true mountain boy with that Stick shift truck and kayak rack! He was just a great guy all around. My condolences to your family. From fes
Submitted by Aaron on Oct 26 2017 11:12:19 PM
Dear Pam, John, Madeline:
I am soooo sorry to hear this terrible news. Words cannot express the ache in my heart for you. I cannot even imagine what you may be feeling. As none of us are promised tomorrow, God is the only one that can bring any real hope and comfort... You are in our Prayers & Thoughts. Kenny, Audrey, Corey, Aaron, Haley & Nate Wilson.
Submitted by Kenny & Audrey Wilson & Family on Oct 26 2017 09:54:00 PM
Pam, I felt an ache in my heart when I read about your son's passing. You were a colleague and friend to me at the hospital years ago, and I have not forgotten.
Dr. J Stewart
Submitted by Dr. John Stewart on Oct 26 2017 11:18:02 AM
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