WAYNE, NJ – On October 30, Ward Four Democrat Town Council challenger, Ken Tahan suffered a stroke.  He fought hard and those close to him thought he would survive, but Ken’s battle ended today when he passed away.

Tahan is survived by his wife Sharon and his three children.

TAPinto Wayne had the pleasure of interviewing Tahan as the Democrat candidate for Ward Four three weeks before his stroke. The following is an excerpt from that interview.

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Kenneth Tahan Democrat Candidate for Ward Four

Ken Tahan, the Democrat Candidate for Ward Four moved to Wayne when he was ten years old entering the Wayne school system until graduation from Wayne Valley High School. “Then I went to William Paterson College where I received a degree in Psychology.” After his college graduation, Tahan moved to Paterson and worked as a social worker for the Division of Youth and Family Services managing child abuse and child neglect cases for five years before going into the computer industry as a salesman for leading software companies for the next thirty years. 

He married his wife Sharon and lived in Clifton for a time but with multiple children the young couple needed a bigger place to live and in 1996 found a home in Wayne that they fell in love with. His three children have all gone through the Wayne school systems graduating from Wayne Valley High School like their Dad.

“My wife and I ran the Basketball Booster Club for six years and we got to know the kids and the parents, and it was a wonderful experience,” said Tahan. 

For Ken, giving back to the community was through sports. “We’re a very athletic oriented family.  My kids played two or three sports year-round and our lives centered around Wayne youth sports,” said Tahan. For years he coached basketball, baseball, softball and soccer.  “I had a great time and met a lot of great people,” he said with a smile.


Tahan ran for the Wayne Town Council because of his love for this town and his desire to continue to make Wayne a better place. 

His great smile and amazing spirit will be missed.