Sept. 2, 2017 may not have been a date that was important for many, but for Ken and Barb Carpenter, it was a milestone: Their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ken, a Ballston Spa native, met Barb while they both attended Delta Lake Camp in their youth. They were married on Sept. 2, 1967 in Yorktown Heights, and the subsequent year their first child, Connie, was born. Ken went on to work as a telephone linemen right out of high school, and would do so until his retirement at the age of 46. The couple would have two more children: Christine and Robert.
For their children, what made them really special growing up wasn’t just that they were their parents, but that their selflessness and care for others had a lasting impact on them as adults.
“I’m the same way with my kids that my Mom was with hers” Connie, their oldest, said over the phone. “She was always there for everyone”.
Robert, their youngest, echoed this sentiment.
“She’s always been a nurturing person. And friends and neighbors always contacted her first when they needed to talk to someone” he said.
Both siblings also mentioned Ken and Barbs ability to make someone, even a stranger, feel like they were the most important person in the world, something they say they still do today. They also discussed their parents humble nature, and reminisced about memories involving trips in the family corvette and watching planes take off at the local airport.
Ken and Barb now enjoy retirement in Galway, NY, in a house that Ken designed himself. They frequent the Adirondack Baptist Church, where they enjoy catching up with their fellow congregates afterwards with a weekly lunch after service. Now grandparents, they also enjoy seeing their 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Ken, an avid carpenter, recently built a rocking plane for his grandchild, Toby.