Charles R. Kitchen Sr., 72, of Kickerville Lane, Long Lake, died Tuesday morning, May 6, 2014, at his home with his loving family at his side following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Born on May 30, 1941, at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, he was the son of the late William and Alice (Parker) Kitchen. He was a 1958 graduate of Johnstown High School where had been a member of the football team. He then attended Plattsburgh State University for two years where he played baseball and soccer.
On July 4, 1961, he married the love of his life, Brenda Bushey at Our Lady of Victory Church, Plattsburgh. They moved from Keeseville to Long Lake in 1971. He constructed their home on Kickerville Lane (formerly known as Walker Road) with the help of his father and family in 1973.
Charles R. Kitchen Sr.
Charles joined the NYSEG workforce as a Lineman Apprentice on February 5, 1962. He was assigned to the Chief Line Mechanic role in November of 1969; Foreman B in 1971; and Foreman A in 1981. He retired from NYSEG as a Line Supervisor after 41 years of service on April 1, 2003.
Charles was active in the community, a trusted friend, generous neighbor, patriotic, and devoted family man who was tremendously proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a loyal son and steadfast brother and brother-in-law. He remained strong, courageous, witty and humorous, even in the face of adversity.
He was a dedicated member of the Long Lake United Methodist Church where he had helped with the mowing, shoveling snow and painting the church. He was also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Mount Sabattis Lodge No. 1015, where he had served as past master from 1976 to 1977, 32nd degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Albany, Fulton-Hamilton-Herkimer-Montgomery District, Order of the Eastern Star, Abenaque Chapter 745, a member of the Moonlighter's Snowmobile Club, Cedar Lands Hunting Club, and Wakely Lodge Golf Club, Indian Lake.
Charles' favorite pastimes included playing golf, hunting, socializing and vacationing with Brenda in Florida.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Marie Valachovic.
Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Brenda Kitchen, whom he loved deeply and completely; three children, Charles Kitchen Jr. and his wife Susan of Croton-on-Hudson, Jeffery Kitchen and his wife Deborah of Delmar, Tammy Kitchen and her husband Chris Unger of Malta; seven grandchildren, Kathryne Kitchen, Steven Kitchen, Kevin Kitchen, Raeann Kitchen, Ryan Kitchen, Rebekah Kitchen and Ross Kitchen; two brothers, William Kitchen and his wife Sally of Johnstown, John Kitchen and his wife Barbara of Keeseville; one sister, Ruth Miller of Johnstown; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main St., Long Lake., where members of the Mount Sabattis Lodge 1015, Free and Accepted Masons will conduct a service at 12:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Long Lake United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Carol Ames, pastor and the Rev. Harold Austin, officiating.
Burial will be in Long Lake Cemetery, Long Lake.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Charles' memory may be directed to Shriner's Children's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 00104-2396; the Long Lake Rescue Squad Inc., P.O. Box 415, Newcomb Rd., Long Lake, NY 12847 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
To express online condolences, please visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.