NY Activist Who Lost Daughter in Storm Dies

Jon Kest's death came just weeks after daughter Jessie Streich-Kest's death during Sandy

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    Courtesy NY Communities for Change
    Jon Kest

    Jon Kest, a longtime New York community activist whose daughter died after she was hit by a tree during Superstorm Sandy, has died. He was 57.

    Kest died late Wednesday in New York of cancer. The death came just weeks after daughter Jessie Streich-Kest's death. Kest was executive director of the Brooklyn-based New York Communities for Change.

    Working Families Party Executive Director Dan Cantor called the death "sadness upon sadness." He also said Kest had a "backbone of steel and a quick and supple mind."

    Kest is survived by his wife, their son and his brother. Funeral services were scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the United Federation of Teachers in Manhattan. A private cemetery gathering was to follow.

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