LONG LAKE — Charles R. Kitchen Sr., 72, of Kickerville Lane, died Tuesday morning, May 6, 2014, at his home with his loving family at his side, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Born on May 30, 1941, at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, he was the son of the late William and Alice (Parker) Kitchen.
He was a 1958 graduate of Johnstown High School where had been a member of the football team. He then attended Plattsburgh State for two years where he played baseball and soccer. On July 4, 1961, he married the love of his life, Brenda Bushey at Our Lady of Victory Church, Plattsburgh. They moved from Keeseville to Long Lake in 1971. He constructed their home on Kickerville Lane (formerly known as Walker Road) with the help of his father and family in 1973. Charles joined the NYSEG workforce as a Lineman Apprentice on Feb. 5, 1962. He was assigned to the Chief Line Mechanic role in November of 1969; Foreman B in 1971; and Foreman A in 1981. He retired from NYSEG as a Line Supervisor after 41 years of service on April 1, 2003.
Charles was active in the community, a trusted friend, generous neighbor, patriotic, and a devoted family man who was tremendously proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a loyal son and steadfast brother and brother-in-law. He remained strong, courageous, witty and humorous, even in the face of adversity. He was a dedicated member of the Long Lake United Methodist Church where he had helped with the mowing, shoveling snow and painting the church. He was also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Mount Sabattis Lodge No. 1015, where he had served as past master from 1976 to 1977, 32nd degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Albany, Fulton-Hamilton-Herkimer-Montgomery District, Order of the Eastern Star, Abenaque Chapter 745, a member of the Moonlighter's Snowmobile Club, Cedar Lands Hunting Club, and Wakely Lodge Golf Club, Indian Lake. Charles' favorite pastimes included playing golf, hunting, socializing and vacationing with Brenda in Florida.