It is with great sadness that the family of Michael "Mike" Allan Kenyon announces his death from cancer. Comforted by his loving family and beloved dog, he died at his home (Milo, New York) on June 25th.
Born in 1945, Mike was the seventh child of the late Henry and Margaret (Ryan) Kenyon of Richmond. Dairy farming and baseball defined his youth. At Chariho High School ('63), he developed his skills as a left-handed pitcher, with coaching from older brother, Henry "Skip" Kenyon. Mike went on to play minor league baseball with the New York Mets (1965-68), before earning a BA in physical education from Ithaca College ('70).
After college, Mike spent several years teaching in New York (Northville, Unatego). In 1971, he established Kenyon Meadows Dairy with his young family. Mike was an accomplished dairy farmer in the Finger Lakes region (NY), until transitioning to restaurant owner in 1993. It took a pandemic and an unexpected diagnosis for him to close Dairyman's Diner after a successful run of twenty-seven years.
Many will remember Mike for his athletic pursuits, farming favorites (Holstein cows and John Deere tractors) and low-stakes wagering with diner patrons (top picks: the Boston Red Sox or any team playing against the Yankees).
He is survived by his daughter, Kristy Kenyon (Geneva, NY), her husband Anthony Validzic, and their children (Grace, Jack); his daughter, Stacy Kenyon (Lowville, NY), her husband Barry Widrick, and their children (Kaitlyn, Nathan); their mother Ann (Kenyon) Maher (Newport, NY), and his siblings: Charles Kenyon (Florida), Madeline Cancel (Puerto Rico), Rita Nuuttila and Francis Kenyon (Richmond, Rhode Island)
He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters (Margaret Claire Young, Constance Kenyon) and two brothers (Henry E. "Skip" Kenyon, John Kenyon).
On Sunday, October 10, 2021 (1PM), his family will host a memorial gathering at Meadowburg Farm (25 Carolina-Nooseneck Road, Wyoming, RI).
Published by The Westerly Sun from Jul. 25 to Jul. 26, 2021.