Kenneth L. Caya, 63, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side after a long battle with melanoma.
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Born in Willimantic, he was the son of Leonard Caya of Willimantic and the late Evelyn (Moseley) Caya. Ken was an avid outdoorsman who was a sailing instructor and also loved to hike, trail run, cross-country ski, and snowshoe. When not spending time with his family or engaged in outdoor sports, Ken could be found doing woodwork or attending antique car shows. Ken's interest in classic cars and meticulous attention to details was evident in the award winning 1960 MGA Coupe that he personally restored. His MGA was featured in several classic automobile magazines. He began his professional career at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and subsequently held various manufacturing engineering and director of operation positions, most notably at Fafnir Bearing, Standard Motor Products, Empire Industries, Nova Electronics, and Gunther International Ltd.
In addition to his wife, Basia, Ken is survived by his son, Kristofer Caya and his wife, Wendy of Bolton as well as his cherished granddaughter, Amelia. He also leaves behind his six siblings, Joseph, and his wife, Norah Caya, of North Windham, Nancy, and her husband, Arthur Breault, of Willimantic, David and his wife, Cindy Caya, of Willimantic, Bonnie, and her husband, Michael Sikoski, of Windham, Salli, and her husband, Michael Maglio, of Glastonbury and Terri, and her husband, Daniel Richard, of Scotland; 19 nieces and nephews; and four great-nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be at the Watkins Funeral Home, 142 E. Center St., Manchester, today, Friday, May 9, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Private funeral services will be held at St. Maurice Church in Bolton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Yale Cancer Center/Brain Metastasis Fund, Attn. Katie Schutt, Assistant Director of Development, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519.
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Watkins Funeral Home
142 East Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040
Published in Journal Inquirer from May 9 to May 13, 2014