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Kyle Lee McLenithan

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Kyle Lee McLenithan, 43, died at his home on Thursday, June 29, 2006.

Born Dec. 28, 1962 in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Irving A. “Baldy” McLenithan and Ann Williams McLenithan of North Granville. Kyle was a graduate of Cambridge Central School class of 1981, and attended Mohawk Community College and ACC.

At the present time he was employed by Morcon Industries in Cambridge, but he was a contractor and finish carpenter for most of his working career. He worked for Restorations Plus in Cambridge for more than 20 years. He took over his father’s cattle trucking business for Cambridge Valley Livestock Market after his father’s untimely death. He spent some time as a caretaker and bartender at the Hotel Cambridge.

He had been a member and past commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Capt. Maxson Post No. 481, a member of Ducks Unlimited and a member of the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church.

Kyle loved children, and children loved Kyle. He was “Uncle Cracker,” the favorite uncle to all his nieces and nephews. He coached Little League baseball and Pee Wee football.

For many years, he was Santa Claus, a role that he adored.

Kyle was blessed to have a terrific sense of humor and performed many standup routines at hunting camp. He was an avid sportsman, especially enjoying hunting and the camaraderie of hunting camp, where he was the part-time camp cook. He cooked up many special recipes that were privy to only him.

Along with his mother and stepfather, William Mantz, Kyle is survived by his companion of 13 years, Simmone Henderson and her son, that he dearly loved., Spencer Conlin; three siblings and their spouses, Kim and Drew Haskell of Cambridge, Glenn “Buzzy” and Valeda McLenithan of Shushan and Todd and Susanne McLenithan of Cambridge; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his dogs, Chip and Guinness.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Wednesday, July 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 6, at 11 a.m. at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, 81 East Main St., Cambridge, with the Rev. Bruce Dodd officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlands Cemetery in Cambridge.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to either Pee Wee Football, c/o Todd McLenithan, 21 Academy St., Cambridge, NY 12816 or CVAA Little League, c/o Lori Lybert, 724 State Route 313, Cambridge, NY 12816.

Kyle was a wonderful, giving man who will be greatly missed by his family and community.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 5, 2006
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