MASSENA – After a long illness and with his loving family by his side, Mr. Kenneth F. Waite, 79, peacefully passed away, Friday afternoon, October 11, 2013 at Massena Memorial Hospital.
Kenny was born April 30, 1934 in Potsdam, the son of the late Chester D. and Mary Ford Waite. He graduated Norwood-Norfolk Central in 1953. In 1956, he entered the US Army where he served until his honorable discharge in 1958. On December 24, 1975, he married Judie Blackwell in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with Justice Sanders, officiating.
Kenny first worked for Kingsman Company Buick Dealership in Norwood and later for Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Mill in Potsdam. In 1959, he went to work at General Motors, where he remained until 1994 when he retired as a machine repairman. After his retirement, he became a volunteer driver for the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services for 13 years, as well as a volunteer meal deliverer for the Massena Meals on Wheels. Kenny was on the Executive Board with the United Autoworkers. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #79 and the Gerald R. Roy Amvets Post #4. He was also a friend of Bill W for over 42 years. He was an avid gardener, who also enjoyed hunting, fishing, the the cherished times he spent with his family. Kenny will be remembered by his family as a loving and caring, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judie; his two sons, Matthew W. and Staceylynn Raymo of Little Falls, New York and Thomas A. and Sarah Waite of Charlottesville, Virginia; his grandchildren, Chelsea and Ian; his sister-in-law, Dora Waite of Norwood; his nieces and nephews, Sandra and Donald Colbert of Norwood, Judy Weaver of Norwood, Rolland Waite of Norwood, Robert, Jr. and Lisa Waite of Norfolk, Kenneth Waite of Norwood, and Sue and Rob Kane of Williamsburg, Virginia; many great nieces and nephews; and his beloved cats, Marvin and Mo.
Kenny was predeceased by his brother, Robert Waite on August 30, 1993 and a grandson, Parker in infancy.
Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where funeral services will be held Tuesday 11:00 AM with Pastor David Bowman, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association or the Wounded Warriors Project.
Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.