Hopkinton grad remembered for fun-loving nature, passion for automotive mechanicsBy RYAN O'CONNOR
Union Leader Correspondent
March 21. 2018 12:04AM
Students and staff are mourning the loss of 19-year-old Kenneth “Kenny” John Coburn of Hopkinton, who died in an automobile accident Friday night.
According to a statement from Hopkinton Middle/High School Principal Christopher Kelley, Coburn had joined the U.S. Army after graduating in 2017 and was stationed in Fort Knox, Ky.
Amanda Santoro, Coburn’s guidance counselor, said Coburn found his passion through the automotive program at Concord Regional Technical Center (CRTC).
“He went above and beyond for the automotive program,” said Santoro. “He was really in his element there.”
In addition to his own education at CRTC, Coburn took on a mentor role for younger students who expressed interest in the program, she said.
Scott Mayotte, an automotive instructor at CRTC, said Coburn was popular among his Concord peers.
“He made quick friends,” said Mayotte. “He was the only Hopkinton student and yet in a class of 20, everybody loved Kenny Coburn.”
It was Coburn’s easy-going nature combined with an ability to focus on the task at hand that made him unique, said Mayotte.
“Kenny was fun,” he said, “but at the same time he was a hard worker. A lot of kids in the program can be funny, but they often tend to be less engaged. Kenny was always on task and willing to go the extra mile. He was just a great all-around kid.”
Hayden Benson was best friends with Coburn since elementary school.
“He was definitely an outgoing kid and no matter what you were doing, he could make it good,” said Benson. “I can’t tell you how many times one of us would get our truck stuck, and for anyone that’s happened to, it’s pretty frustrating, but somehow Kenny would find a way to make it fun.”
Socially, Coburn was a peacekeeper with a sense of humor, said Santoro.
“If anyone was fighting, he would help sort it out,” she said. “He was also the type of person who was really funny; he would tell jokes and make people laugh and would really help ease any tensions or conflicts among his friends.”
Funeral services have yet to been announced; Coburn’s family has requested privacy. Hopkinton Middle/High School had guidance counselors available and provided space in a conference room for students to share stories and memories about Coburn.