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Francis B. Kirkey

December 16, 2016

Francis B. KirkeyFrancis 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.


#11 Yvette Reome 2016-12-28 11:32
Franks sense of humor and his kind smile will be missed. My heart and prayers are with you and your family Gerry.
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#10 steve hart 2016-12-22 13:14
Sympathies to the Kirky family. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kirky at his store in Clayton and knew how much he loved the River.
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#9 peter and pat ledoux 2016-12-21 21:14
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Most often we spoke with him at the store downtown though we know he was involved in painting classes also. Our thoughts are with all of you, esp Gerry and Matt.
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#8 Heather Erskine 2016-12-21 07:01
We were so sorry to hear about Frank's passing. Its a comfort to know that you have such a great and loving family around you during your difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers .
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#7 Cary Brick 2016-12-20 21:46
Frank was a fine gentleman who brought the love ofpainting to scores of students of every age at Clayton's Hawn library. His dry sense of humor was magnificent We've lost a good man. Cary Brick.
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#6 Kathy Sturr 2016-12-20 14:52
I am so very sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I was thinking of him the other day. I signed up for one of his watercolor classes at the Hawn Memorial Library when I first moved to Clayton and he made me feel so welcome. He is the reason I sold my very first painting in Clayton and how I have a small gallery in my home! Thank you Frank - so very grateful to have met you in this life and hope to see you again in the next. You were a blessing. My husband sold Frank his home in Cape Vincent and he sends his condolences also. Peace to your family Frank at this Christmas and always.
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#5 Jan Byington 2016-12-20 13:15
Sad to hear of Frank's passing. I met a lot of friends because of Frank's painting sessions about 10 years ago and he will be missed by many whom he brought together.
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#4 Trudy Gagnon 2016-12-20 09:14
I worked with Frank for several years while at Hawn library. It was my pleasure and honor to know him and call him friend. He will be missed. With sympathy.
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#3 Roxie Reeves 2016-12-20 09:07
Sincere sympathies to Gerry and family. I remember fondly, painting, doing watercolors at the Clayton Library with Frank. He was a generous man to his community. Always willing to encourage art.
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#2 Sheree Brosk 2016-12-19 16:38
Gerry- Franks's passing is such sad news. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I think of you both often with much fondness and wonderful memories.
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