On December 7, 2019, Kimon Ayan, husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy (née Thomas), his two children, Jordan (Jan), and Kathryn Alsegaf (Hadi), and two grandchildren, Ashley Hashimoto (Keaka) and Christopher (Monica). His family gathered at his bedside prior to his death. He was 91 years old and was born on April 18, 1928, to Yordanis Ayanoğlu and Thomna Ayanoğlu (née Arvonatidis). He had one brother and four sisters and was raised in Istanbul, Turkey.
He attended Robert College in Istanbul, where he earned a degree in Exact Sciences. In 1950, at the age of 22, he boarded a ship and moved to the United States to attend Auburn University to study textile engineering. After a year, he transferred to the Philadelphia Textile Institute to continue his education. While there, he decided to take a trip to New York City to see some friends. By chance, he was assigned a seat on the bus next to a young woman from Scranton, Pennsylvania. That chance seat assignment sparked a relationship that culminated in a 63-year marriage to Dorothy.
Kim and Dorothy were married in Scranton in 1956, and moved to Cowansville, a small town in Québec, Canada, where he went to work as a textile engineer for Albany Felt. A diligent worker that instilled his work ethic in his children, Kim was employed by the company, whose name was changed to Albany International, his entire 39-year career. During his time, his natural leadership qualities helped him rise through the ranks to several senior leadership positions. His profession took him around the world, and he was posted to The Netherlands, Canada, New York, South Carolina, and Australia. In 1994, he and Dorothy moved to Sun City West, where he became involved with the photography club, computer club, and the men’s club at Advent Episcopal Church.
Kim lived his life by a simple philosophy of when asked to travel a mile, travel the mile and a bit more. This perspective is held dear by his children and their children and will be a legacy passed on to future generations. Kim exhibited kindness in every aspect of his life. He was quick to smile and laugh, and an occasional prankster who enjoyed gadgets and gizmos.
Kim loved to travel, and, along with Dorothy, with the exception of Antarctica, explored every continent. He was an avid and accomplished photographer. He was deeply involved in his church and served on several committees.
The family greatly appreciates the kindness and support of Hospice of The Valley during this difficult time.
A funeral service will be held at Advent Episcopal Church at 13150 W Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, AZ 85375 on December 20, 2019, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to one of these three charities:
St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church
7950 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Peoria AZ 85383
Advent Episcopal Church
13150 W. Spanish Garden Dr., Sun City West AZ 85375
Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Research
13400 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale AZ 85259