Kenneth "Pasta Kenny" Cann Memorial Benches
Kenny Cann’s smile and kind words touched the lives of countless people in his eight years in food service at the Washburn Memorial Union, and he was just as warming during his 15 years at the Topeka Capital Plaza.
With a smile and a wish to “have a blessed day,” Pasta Kenny was upbeat and caring throughout – even when he received his cancer diagnosis. He passed away on Nov. 14, 2016, and support from Washburn students, faculty and staff came pouring in. To honor his time at Washburn, friends at the Union and Chartwells, Washburn’s food service partner, decided to raise money for a pair of benches and a plaque to be placed outside the Union. Chartwells made a lead gift of $1000 to start the fund, and $2500 is the project goal.
HIS LASTING IMPACT
"Kenny was a fantastic associate and a great friend who loved to brighten his customers’ day. He charmed everyone he met with his humor and gracious smile," said Dan Eusebio, district manager, Chartwells. "Kenny will be missed greatly by everyone on the Chartwells team. There is not a day that passes when Kenny is not mentioned or thought of. Rest in peace, Kenny."
The internet was also filled with kind words in Kenny’s memory when he passed away. The comments on Facebook and other places show that his warm smile and kind words were just as important as the guidance and inspiration Washburn students receive from professors in the classroom. Here are just a few:
“What a guy to make even the most cynical person smile, what a guy for keeping that energy lit across any day, good or bad, what a guy for spreading smiles when the world was bleak, what I would give to hear him say have a blessed day once more” - Padraig
“Kenny made my freshman year of college so much better, in so many ways. When he saw me, he would always take time out of his day to ask me about school and work. - Delainey
“If I was ever having a bad day, I went and got chicken Alfredo, 2 breadsticks and sauce, he knew me by my name and knew what I ordered. God bless this man. He will be missed by thousands.” - Colby
“He will be greatly missed!! No matter what kind of day I was having, he always made me smile and he reminded me how we are truly blessed!” - Kelly
YOU CAN HELP
Your gift to this fund will help memorialize the positive spirit Kenny passed on to the thousands he served and help beautify the campus where he served for his final eight years. Your gift will help cover the benches, plaque and their installation.