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Wallace W. Kaye

MILLERTON — “The Last of the Original Rounders of Riga,” Wallace W. Kaye, 81, died Aug. 19, 2021 at Sharon Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. 

Wally, as he was more affectionately known, worked as a mason for Sharon Masonry in Sharon and as a truck driver for Upcountry Landscaping, also in Sharon, prior to his retirement.

Born March 14, 1940, in Sharon, he was the son of the late Blanche (Bates) and Wallace A. Kaye. 

While growing up on the Kaye Farm he enjoyed attending agricultural fairs, riding horses and caring for his favorite goat, Cliff. 

He was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School and attended SUNY Cortland. 

On Sept. 19, 1967, in Ancram, he married Linda Brendline. His loving wife survives at home. 

Wally was a past member of the 4H Club and the Millerton Fire Company. He was also a former baseball coach for the Farm League in Amenia. 

He was an avid hunter and founding member of the Rounders of Riga, a hunting club that was established in 1952 with many of his dearest friends. He also enjoyed ice fishing in the winter months and crossword puzzles in his spare time. 

Wally enjoyed talking to his nephews, Don and Greg, and taking drives with his niece Charlene. He had a special bond with his granddaughter Jaya, who  lovingly referred to him as “Sam.” They spent time together playing with balloons, and he enjoyed giving her dollar bills to put in her little savings bank. 

He will be deeply missed by his beloved family and many dear friends. 

In addition to his wife of 54 years, Wally is survived by his son, Brian E. Kaye and his wife, Maya, of Millerton; his daughter, Lisa Bradley and her husband, Keith, of Eloy, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Jaya “Sam” Kaye and Justin and Brandon Lundy; two great-grandchildren; his brother, George Kaye and his wife, Etsuko, of Millerton; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by a sister, Linda Amerighi.

Private family visitation took place on Friday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home in Millerton. A graveside service and burial will take place on Monday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton, the Rev. Zora Ficcara-Cheatham officiating. All are invited to attend. A reception in Wally’s honor will follow. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Fire Company, P.O. Box 733, Millerton, NY 12546. 

To send an online condolence to the family, go to www.conklinfuneralhome.com.

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