Ken and Peggy Goss of Beverly Hills are the Knights of Columbus 2019 Family of the Year.
“This award to Ken and Peggy is long overdue,” Grand Knight John Uva said. “Past Grand Knight Ken is a powerful guiding force for the council and has been for years. Together they are a constant, notable presence in Our Lady of Grace Church.”
Most recently, he chaired the committee that oversaw the Council 6168 50th anniversary celebration.
Both volunteer during the Knights of Columbus bingo games and Ken is a team co-captain. Both sing in the church contemporary choir; in addition, Peggy sometimes plays the piano and Ken is a cantor.
Since it’s a parish composed of many senior citizens, it has many funerals. Ken and Peggy are invariably present at each in the choir. He also lends his booming baritone to the Knights Choir.
Ken Goss led his fourth painting project at Our Lady of Grace Church during which volunteer Knights painted the entire exterior of the building twice, the church inside and the parish office building. He also typically helps set up the nativity scene there at Christmas.
He has chaired many of the council’s officer nominating committees, serves as a bingo co-captain, runs the Knights of Columbus golf league, has served on almost all of the annual Father Willie golf tournament committees, participates in the council’s first and second degree ceremonies and is a former chair of the AFS Corp., which is responsible for upkeep of council properties.
Peggy is an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Ken has been a Knight for 55 years, having first joined in Arlington, Virginia in 1964.
The couple moved to Lakeside Village in Beverly Hills 23 years ago. In Virginia, Ken ran his own house painting business after retiring from the District of Columbia Fire Department. He was at Fire Station 23, which covered an area of Washington that included the White House. He was DC’s 1980 Firefighter of the Year.
Ken and Peggy celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in June. They have four sons, three of whom are Knights of Columbus, and eight grandchildren.