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Kenneth A. Hooson

April 12, 2019

Kenneth A. Hooson, age 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Saturday, April 12, 2019, at Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown.

Ken was born March 14th, 1927, in Clark Mills, NY. He was a proud WWII Veteran having served in the Pacific Theater for the United States Navy aboard LST 49. After completing his service, he returned to Clark Mills to operate a family run service center. In the early 1950’s he purchased a small piece of land in Spicer Bay located outside of Clayton, NY, to store his boat after being unsatisfied with other storage options he found in the area. He would further develop and expand this into Spicer Marine Basin. Ken also opened other businesses such as a sweet shop on Riverside Drive and Captain Spicer’s Gallery in 1983.

Beyond his many business ventures Ken was an avid outdoorsman and enthusiast. He had a passion for exploring the wilderness of the Adirondacks. He was also an avid shipwreck diver, boater, and pilot, receiving his pilot’s license and operating his own aircraft. Ken even had a short stint in stock car racing and received a trophy for most rollovers of the season having wrecked and rolled 6 times. He is survived by his son Greg Hooson, Greg's fiancé Susan Kelley and grandson Mike Hooson.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Tuesday, April 16, from 5 - 7 pm. The funeral service will be at Christ Episcopal Church on Wednesday, April 17, at 10 am with Rev. Lisa Busby, pastor, presiding. Burial in Kirkland Cemetery will be at the family's convenience. Online condolences to Ken's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#15 Marlene Brown 2019-04-20 19:11
Greg, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad! He was a fun, wonderful man. Frank and Ken had some good memories and now they can start some new ones up above! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family!!! Love Marlene Brown
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#14 Dan Peworchik 2019-04-17 17:07
Sorry about the passing of your Dad. I kept my boat at your marina for many years and always looked forward to chatting with your Dad and you. He was a great guy and you and he would always try to help out in any way.
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#13 Elizabeth Daws 2019-04-17 09:00
Greg, our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear dad. I will always remember my visits to the station in Clark Mills as a child, and as an adult our stay in the marina. Your dad always had a story to tell, and we loved to listen to every one. I'm sure he is continuing his stories in heaven with my dad, Uncle Bob, your Uncle Bill and others. Love to your family, from Betsy and the entire Daws family.
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#12 Lynn Higgin 2019-04-16 10:20
Greg, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your father. I feel like a chunk of my childhood is gone. So many memories of the marina and those summer trips to Canada we went on. I will always cherish those memories (and grateful I have so many photos of those times!). My thoughts are with you! May he finally be at peace. I'm so sorry.
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#11 Tom Christo 2019-04-15 14:02
Hi Greg so sorry to hear about your loss.Ken was a great man as everyone has stated.The stories he would tell of my Dad's and his adventures will be with me forever.From the story of my dad falling off the dock to the stories of their late night boat rides to Gananoque and everything in between.We knew if we were stopping in to say hi we better have some time to spare there was no 5 minute conversation with Ken.He will be greatly missed.
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#10 Michael Folsom 2019-04-15 12:34
Mike -
Sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. In my thoughts during these trying times.
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#9 Bruce Baird 2019-04-15 09:09
Always the best tall tails from Ken as we were filling up our tanks. Made driving to Spicer’s worth the trip. Best wishes.
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#8 Lou Montante 2019-04-15 08:14
Sorry to hear of Kens passing. My condolences.
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#7 Tom & Mary McNeill 2019-04-15 08:11
Gregg and Family,
We too kept our little wooden boat and then our Grady White there for awhile. We always went to Spicer's for gas and Ken always had a smile and joke for our labs. On time we came up and our battery was dead. Ken gave us a brand new one and said "go ahead and get out on the River, I'll charge yours up while you are gone." That is just the way he did business! He was a good man and will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP, Ken.
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#6 Paul W Rath 2019-04-15 07:23
We are so sorry for your loss for Ken was not only a good man but a friend you could count on.One could always count on getting a laugh from Ken. He will always be remembered and missed.
Sandy and Paul Rath
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