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John Kevin Caesar 1953-2012 NORTH ADAMS John Kevin Caesar, 58, of 98 Mohawk Forest, North Adams, died after a short illness on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pittsfield on June 8, 1953, a son of John Monroe Caesar and Elizabeth Emily Morehead Caesar, he was educated in Pittsfield schools and was a 1972 graduate of Taconic High School. He also attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and attended culinary school in Florida. A VietNam veteran, he enlisted with the United States Army on April 1, 1975, served as a Private Second Class, stationed for more than a year in Korea, and was honorably discharged on April 27, 1978. A chef for most of his life, Mr. Caesar worked in many different restaurants, including the Whale Harbor Inn in the Florida Keys. Mr. Caesar was a member of the Soldier On Chess Club and a volunteer with the North Adams Soldier Pantry. He enjoyed playing chess, cards, fargo, cooking, reading and story telling, and fishing. Mr. Caesar is survived by two daughters, Lakevia R. Caesar of North Adams and Larmaria J. Caesar; a son, Joseph C. Caesar, of North Adams; his companion, Jill Daughtery, of North Adams; three grandchildren, Lakeria C. Caesar, Lashey N. Caesar, and Yasmine A. Caesar; a godson, Kahil A. Lanphear-Dyer; two sisters, Valerie Lee Sistrunk of Pittsfield, and Lynn Michelle Alvarez of Venice, Fla.; and three brothers, Keith Mark Caesar, Lloyd Darnell Caesar, and Theodore Allen Caesar, all of Pittsfield. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Deborah A.. Caesar, who died in 1997. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for John Kevin Caesar will be held Thursday, March 8, at 10 a.m., at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Calling hours will be today, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the DERY FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Caesar may be made to the in care of the Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 7, 2012
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