The KAYE Files -- Obituaries

The KAYE Files


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Ralph Leonard KAYE -- Port Dover, Ontario, Canada

The Reverend John William KAYE -- Philadelphia, PA

The Reverend J. D. KAYE -- Custer, MI

The Reverend A. C. KAYE -- Mason City, IA

Edward KAYE -- Paulsboro, NJ

Harry Edmondson KAYE -- Oaklyn, NJ

Aleida V. KAYE -- Hightstown, NJ

Ralph Leonard KAYE

Port Dover, Ontario, Canada

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The Reverend John William KAYE

Philadelphia, PA

KAYE, Rev. John William, Assistant Rector St. David's Episcopal Church d. yesterday [2 Jan 1910] at his home, 2520 N. Broad St., of pneumonia. He was a lieutenant in the Third Regiment, PA Reserves, during the Civil War; took charge of Jefferson Davis at Fortress Monroe. Born in Hudderfield, England, 9 Jan 1846, [he] came to Philadelphia in 1853 with his parents. At age 16, he ran away from home, enlisting in a militia regiment in 1863 to help repel the "Confederate invasion."

(Public Ledger, 3 Jan 1910)

This information was collected from public records and submitted by Lynn Jefferies.

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The Reverend J. D. KAYE

Custer, MI

From: The Jefferson Bee (Iowa), Wednesday, May 19, 1909 9.5 col. 2

- Jefferson friends will be pained to learn of the sorrow which has come to Rev. A. C. Kaye during the past few days, in the death of his father, Rev. J. D. Kaye. The Mason City [Iowa] Times says of the matter: "A letter was received yesterday by Rev. Kaye, of the Episcopal church, telling of the critical illness of his father, Rev. J. D. Kaye, of Custer, Michigan. The son left last evening imediately upon the receiving of the letter. This morning a telegram was received by the family here announcing the death of the Reverend. The man's death is a great bereavement to the Kaye family of this city."

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The Reverend A.C. KAYE

Mason City, IA

From: The Jefferson Bee (Iowa), Wednesday, April 19, 1911 p.1


Former Jefferson Pastor

News of Death a Great Surprise and Shock to Friends In the Old Home Here.

News of the death of Rev. A. C. B. Kaye, which came to friends of this former beloved Jefferson pastor last Saturday morning, was like a thunderbolt out of a clear sky. No hint of his serious illness had reached here, and nobody was in the least prepared for the sad news.

Funeral services will be held in Oskaloosa to-day, and the remains will be brought to Jefferson over the Northwestern from the east at 11:20 to-morrow (Thursday) morning. The funeral party will be accompanied by Rev. Williams, rector of the Episcopal church at Oskaloosa, who will have charge of the graveside services. There will be no church service here. Friends are invited to meet the party at the train and accompany the remains to their last resting place in the city cemetery.

Rev. Kaye, who for nearly three years past has been rector of the Episcopal church at Mason City, went to Oskaloosa about the middle of March to conduct some special religious services. Soon after his arrival there he was examined by his old physician, who told him that he was affected by enlargement of the liver, probably of cancerous nature, and advised him to go to the hospital for treatment. From the time of his entrance into the hospital he failed swiftly, and passed away shortly after noon last Friday, April 14.

Rev. Kaye was dearly beloved in Jefferson, where he spent eleven years as pastor of the Presbyterian church. He came here in 1888, and remained until 1899, being universally regarded as one of the strongest preachers and most profound students ever connected with the local ministry. His gentility of character and his sweetness and purity of soul were known of all men, and attached to him the friendship of a great circle of friends who have been of the most steadfast sort. After leaving Jefferson he went to Oskaloosa, where he served for a number of years as pastor of the Congregational church, going thence to Mason City, where his last work was done in the Episcopal denomination. We have not at hand material suitable for a record of his life, but hope to be able to present the same next week.

In the meantime the hearts of countless friends in this vicinity are grieving not only for their own loss, but in sympathy with the stricken family whose sorrow at this time is unspeakable.

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From: The Jefferson Bee (Iowa), Wednesday, April 26, 1911 p.1


Many Friends and Flowers

Simple But Impressive Services at Grave Mark Last Home-Coming of Former Pastor

The remains of Rev. A. C. Kaye, whose death was reported last week, arrived in Jefferson Thursday noon, and were accompanied from the station to the grave by a great company of sorrowing friends and former parishioners. The procession comprised a large number of automobiles and carriages. Emmaus Commandery No. 35, K. T., in full Knights Templar regalia, riding ahead of the hearse as an escort of honor. At the grave the casket was opened, and the Jefferson friends given opportunity to look once more upon the face of this beloved ex-pastor. The services at the grave were of simple but impressive character, and were conducted by Rev. James, rector of the Marshalltown Episcopal church. The funeral party was made up of Mrs. Kaye and daughters, Grace and Gladys; Mr. Arthur Kaye and wife, of Mason City; Mr. Harold Kaye, of San Francisco; Miss Lillian McCurdy, and Rev. James. The floral offerings from Mason City, Oskaloosa, and Jefferson were magnificent, and heaped high the spaces about the grave. The remains were laid at rest beside the infant daughter who died, at the age of two months, in 1888, soon after the family came to Jefferson. The pall-bearers were Messrs. E. B. Wilson, Joesph Thompson, Paul E. Stillman, S. C. Culbertson, M. G. McDuffie and D. L. Howard.

Rev. Kaye was born at Oxford, England, in 1853, and was educated at Cambridge. He came to America in his young manhood, and after litting himself for the ministry, did his first pastoral work at Arcade, Michigan. Here he married Lillian McCurdy, the wife who with four children survive and mourns the husband and father. The family came to Jefferson late in 1887, and remained here until 1899, during all of which time Rev. Kaye was pastor of the local Presbyterian church. Since leaving here he has been called back a great number of times to preach funeral sermons over his old friends, whose relatives thus attested in their hours of extremity the affection and confidence in which they held him. The last occasion of this sort at which he officiated was the funeral of the lamented Henry Haag, last August.

A year ago Rev. Kaye suffered from a very severe attack of hardening of the liver, but recovered and was in fairly good health for some months afterward. A month ago he suffered another attack, and was not strong enough to withstand its ravages. He sank peacefully away on Friday, April 14th. Services were held in his honor at Mason City and Oskaloosa, as well as in Jefferson. He was a man of remarkable sweetness of spirit. His intellectual attainments attracted attention wherever he went, and his broadness of view and purity of life and purpose caused him to be admired and loved both within and without the churches where he labored. He has gone to the rewards of a life highly and nobly lived. Mrs. Kaye will continue for the present to make her home at Mason City, but it is not unlikely that she will remove next fall to Florida, where her brother, Mr. McCurdy, resides. She is the beneficiary of $2000 life insurance carried by her husband in the Modern Woodmen of America. The sincerest sympathy of the Jefferson friends goes out to her and the rest of the sorrowing family at this time.

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Edward KAYE

Paulsboro, NJ

From files at the Camden County [NJ] Historical Society (thanks, Lynn!)

Edward Kaye, Sr., 70, formerly of Woodbury [NJ], died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mary Raively, 39 W. Broad St., Paulsboro. He was born in Philadelphia. He was a retired glassblower. Surviving are 4 sons: Edward Jr., Crescent Park [NJ]; Thomas, Florida; Richard, Gloucester City [NJ]; and Frank, Chicago; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Burial at Woodbury Memorial Park.

Submitted by , Edward's grandson.

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Harry Edmondson KAYE

Oaklyn, NJ

From files at the Camden County [NJ] Historical Society (thanks, Lynn!)

Harry E. Kaye, 61, of 312 Newton Ave., Oaklyn, died Thursday after being ill several weeks. He was employed as a machinist at the RCA Manufacturing Co. and the Victor Talking Machine Co. for 35 years. Mr. Kaye lived in Oaklyn 34 years.

Funeral Monday at 2 PM, burial St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

He is survived by his widow, Anna; one son, Harry E., Jr.; two daughters, Mrs. Anna Rickman and Miss Myrtle Kaye; and two grandchildren.

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Aleida V. KAYE

Hightstown, NJ

The Times, Trenton, New Jersey; Saturday, February 8, 2003

HIGHTSTOWN -- Aleida V. Kaye, 80, died Thursday at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Mrs. Kaye moved to the United States when she was 25 years old. She raised her family in Brookline, Massachusetts. She was a teacher of Latin, a horticulturist, an amateur journalist and a fervent political activist.

Wife of the late Clifford A. Kaye, she is survived by one daughter, one son and a sister.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Cremation will be private.

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