Leary, Kevin Walter of Westwood and Edgartown, Massachusetts, age 62, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his Westwood home on May 21, 2021. Best friend and adored husband of thirty-three years of Suzanne Amy Kreinsen. Cherished son of the late Walter and Frances (Moore) Leary. Beloved younger brother of Marypat Leary of Yardley, Pennsylvania. Loving nephew of Thomas Moore of Toms River, New Jersey, and of William Bihrle of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Devoted, close cousin of many, all of whom he cherished. Dear brother-in-law of Jane L. Kreinsen-King and her late husband Anthony T. King of Hingham, Massachusetts, and of Carolyn H. Kreinsen, M.D, of Quincy, Massachusetts. Proud Godfather of Liliana Ravins of Melrose, Massachusetts. Dear son-in-law of the late Louis and Eileen (Dirrane) Kreinsen.
Kevin Walter Leary was born in New York City on March 17, 1959. Raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey by his wonderful parents, he attended Madonna Catholic Elementary School. He enjoyed reminiscing about his first job as a young boy, delivering the Bergen Record newspaper. He was a proud alumnus of Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey, where he was a member of both the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, as well as the recipient of the Richard Prentice Ettinger Scholarship. In addition, he was an accomplished hockey player, which brought him great joy. Kevin’s Science Fair Award in sixth grade for a project exploring electricity proved prophetic as he graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in electrical engineering and later pursued graduate studies in the same field at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. During college, Kevin served as an intern for three years at NASA’s prestigious Langley Research Center. Beginning his career in his early twenties as an engineer at Raytheon, Kevin then continued his career at Analog Devices. He became known for his ability to lead, his inclusive, easygoing leadership style, his talent at balancing being both an administrator and a team player, his unwavering, driven work ethic, his deeply rooted integrity, and his brilliance and creative genius as an innovator and inventor. Kevin worked at Analog Devices for over twenty-eight years, ultimately as a Product Line Director, in areas such as digital audio, automotive audio, wireless IFR and DSP, often commenting how privileged he felt to be part of this company. Despite endless accolades, countless awards, and numerous patents, Kevin’s humility about his accomplishments was remarkable. His projects took him all over the world. He relished the extensive international travel, not only appreciating every culture he visited, its customs and history, but also forming lasting professional and personal relationships with colleagues around the world. About twelve years ago, Kevin decided to pursue his dream of forming his own company, intent on developing a particular vision his inventor’s mind had been quietly designing for a long time—PowerHydrant. Kevin said, “PowerHydrant delivers 3D sensor based conductive autonomous fast-charging for Autonomous Vehicles and eMobility with the intent of enabling mass market of Electric Vehicles.” In short, PowerHydrant is a conductive, robotic EV charging system. As his vision became a reality, Kevin was most fortunate to have incredibly talented and committed individuals join him on the PowerHydrant team. PowerHydrant, an elegant and efficient robotic system, promoting clean-tech innovation, was generating robust worldwide interest at the time of Kevin’s unexpected death. Sadly, he will not be able to witness the heights to which his brilliant invention may soar.
Kevin’s life reflected passion for both technology and nature. He loved experiencing the great outdoors with Suzanne—skiing at Sunday River in Maine, swimming, kayaking, bicycling, navigating his boat the Eileen near his home on Martha’s Vineyard, driving cross country marveling at all of the American natural wonders, and always looking to the skies to view celestial phenomena and to track every satellite or rocket visible.
However, most of all, Kevin treasured spending time with his family and friends. He loved to entertain, either cooking for his guests at home or hosting them at favorite restaurants, rewarding their presence with his witty sense of humor and his trademark hearty laugh. He rarely declined an invitation to a family celebration, anticipating each with great joy. Kevin was an avid sports fan, particularly of football. In addition, he had a growing interest in genealogy, expanding his connections to family, past and present, local and worldwide.
Kevin was a powerful life force with boundless energy and curiosity; his absence will leave a tremendous void. However, as his cousin Mary Theresa wrote, “Kevin’s love, laughter, and spirit of goodness will live on through his dear Suzanne and all of us whose lives were touched by him.”
Visiting hours will be held in the Alexander Thomas and Sons Funeral Home, 45 Common Street, Walpole, Massachusetts on Friday, May 28, from 4-8 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret-Mary Church, 845 High Street, Westwood, on Saturday morning at 11 A.M. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment will be private.
If desired, donations may be made to the Westwood Lions Club, of which Kevin was the vice-president, P.O. Box 432, Westwood, Massachusetts 02090 or to St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110.
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