Since his death, he has been deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Keith, Mack and Keith’s long-time girlfriend, Heather Ford, have been taking life one day at a time, they said. They thank everyone who has provided them with unwavering support in their time of need.
“The support has been unreal,” Mack said.
The day of Mitch’s funeral, “St. Peter’s Church was filled to the rafters,” Heather said, a testament to the mark Mitch left on those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Young people have an overwhelming number of pressures to deal with in their lives, including school and social stresses, Mack said.
“If you’re unhappy, try to get help,” he said. “No mistake is unfixable.”
The Mitchell Kilkeary Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 award, will be given to two graduating seniors, one boy and one girl, from Plattsburgh High School each year. A panel of five PHS teachers who were close to Mitch have been chosen by his family and will be asked to select the scholarship winners each spring.
So far, between $5,000 and $6,000 has been donated to the fund.
Scholarship recipients will have qualities Mitch possessed, including “leadership qualities, extensive involvement in school activities and a concern for others.”
Mitch’s scholarship will enable other young people to chase their dreams, as he did.
“He was amazing,” Heather said.
HOW TO HELP
A remote car starter with installation from Alpha Stereo in Plattsburgh and a smokey quartz necklace from Kneucraft Fine Jewelry and Design will be raffled off at the Golf Tournament.
Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five. To buy a raffle ticket or to donate to the scholarship fund, call Mack at 578-7233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can pick up an application for the Mitchell Kilkeary Memorial Scholarship at the Plattsburgh High School guidance office.