Kea Tawana

Obituary of Kea Tawana

Port Jervis resident Kea Tawana died suddenly on August 4, 2016 at home in Port Jervis.

Kea was a familiar face in Port Jervis but was known historically for building a 100 foot 3 story ark in downtown Newark, NJ in the 1980's using material from abandoned and burned out buildings after the Newark riots. Kea was an artist creating beautiful stained glass windows, a mechanic at Astroland Park, a writer, an inventor and mapmaker. Kea created and built radios by using tubes made out of old bottles. Born on an Indian Reservation Kea ran away from home at the age of 12 and traveled down south before moving to Newark, NJ and eventually settling in Port Jervis in the late 1980's.

There are no known relatives of Kea Tawana.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at UpFront Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Avenue, Port Jervis, NY where Kea spent many hours.

Funeral arrangements by Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191 To read the obituary on line or to post a condolence note on the website visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com

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