Kenneth Lawrence Dix was born on September 22, 1940 to Edith (Drayton) Harris and Lawrence Dix in Harlem, N.Y.C, N.Y. He was their only son. He was the stepson of Nathan Harris who raised him as his own. Kenny had one sister, Valerie Harris. He took his role of big brother very seriously.
As a child, Kenny loved to draw, spending hours making his own comic books, assembling model airplanes and breeding tropical fish. He enjoyed exploring the hills and caves in St. Nicholas Park and joined the Boy Scouts. Also, many stray dogs whom he named "Rex" found themselves in his care.
After the family relocated to Brooklyn's Fort Greene, Kenny had difficulties adjusting his new home and he lost interest in school (the Truant Officer became a family friend). But by God's good grace, his new best friend George Jordan, and his love of drawing his interest peaked. He graduated from P.S. 67 and was admitted to the High School of Art and Design, earned a degree in Applied Arts form New York City Technical College and obtained many certifications in the Graphic Arts from Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and the New School for Social Research.
His skills in the graphic arts afforded him positions in many prestigious firms among which were J. Walter Thompson Advertising, Praegar Publishing, the American Society of Civil Engineers, NYC Transit Authority Graphic Arts Division, and U.R.S. (AECOM) Engineering, NJ.
But the most-loved was the work he did while serving as Creative Director of the Afro-American Historical Society Museum of Jersey City always considering the work he did as "giving back" to the community and sharing his God-given gifts with those he hoped to inspire and educate.
Kenneth was a veteran of the Air Force attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant.
Born a native New Yorker in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he lived briefly in Norwalk, CT and Northern Newark NJ. He then made his home in Jersey City, NJ.
Kenny loved to play basketball and was an avid classical jazz collector who spent many hours converting his record collection to digital files for preservation. He also enjoyed producing computer- enhanced photographs and keeping his computer up-to- the-minute with the latest apps and programs. This made him to person his colleagues and friends could always count on for his expertise.
He was a member of St. Aedans Roman Catholic Church and often served as an Usher.
Kenny is survived my his Sister, Valerie Harris of Woodbury, NJ; Nephew, Mark Harris of New Orleans, LA; Aunt, Jeanette Drayton of Jersey City, NJ.; former wife, Leslie Shearwood, and a host of many loving cousins, friends and colleagues.