December 16, 2016
Francis B. Kirkey, 87, passed away on December 16, 2016 at Hospice of Jefferson County.
Frank was born in Paddy Hill on April 29, 1929, son of Augustus and Gertrude Farrell Kirkey. He was a graduate of Brownville-Glen Park High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.
With his wife Geraldine, he operated the Greystone Inn, a bed and breakfast in Clayton Center. He was a sales manager for Clayton Marina in Clayton and Brewerton, and then worked for Experience Works Senior Workforce Solutions.
Frank was a former member of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the Board of Directors, and the Blue Grass Association.
He taught watercolor painting for many years at the Hawn Memorial Library in Clayton. He enjoyed carving, kayaking, fishing and showing others where to fish. He was a musician, poet, and limerick writer.
In addition to Geraldine, his wife of 46 years, he will be missed by his four children, Karen Kirkey, Rochester, Christa Fraser, Welland, Ontario, Peg (Steve) Chaff, Butler, PA, and Matthew, Clayton; three stepchildren, Maureen Sharrer, Orchard Park, James Barnett, West Seneca, and Patti (Doug) McCullough, Prospect, PA; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers Reginald and Raymond.
A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.
Donations in his name may be made to Feed Our Vets Pantry, 1291 Faichney Dr., Watertown, NY. Online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.