Gordon Howard Kay, 88, formerly of Youngsville, Pennsylvania, Fairfax County, Virginia and Edenton, North Carolina, passed peacefully away on December 4, 2011 at Westminster at Lake Ridge, a retirement community in Woodbridge, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard M. and Esther Day Kay and a son, Geoffrey Gordon Kay.
Mr. Kay attended Youngsville Schools, Lawrenceville Preparatory School, and was graduated from the Cleveland Art Institute. Where upon he returned home and became partowner and the Furniture Designer in the offices of The Youngsville Star Manufacturing Company. Upon sale of that institution he was employed by The Jamestown Lounge Furniture Company, and in the Furniture Specification Division for the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. After which he retired to Edenton, North Carolina.
Always active in local affairs Gordon was a member of the Kiwanis Club, appointed to the Youngsville Town Council, served on the Board of Trustees for the Pennsylvania National Bank, and was a member of the Valley of Coudersport 32nd Degree Masons. He also took a special interest in his Church, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, for which he designed and built the Bell Tower, the Altar Cross, the Communion Plate, and the metal Sculpture of St. Francis which abides over the entrance doors.
Gordon will be sadly missed by his wife, Janet Fuller Kay, his daughter Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Kay, son Bruce Fuller Kay (Karen), son Steven Douglas Kay (Laura) and Linda Byrer Kay (Geoffrey). Mr. Kay also leaves a sister, Barbara Kay Schumacher and a brother Thomas "Tim" Kay. Remaining are seven grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.
Many in the town will remember that Gordon played the bagpipes and was a member of a Marching Bagpipe Band participating in many nearby annual events, and when he practiced, the drone of the pipes could be heard the length and breadth of the Brokenstraw Valley.
There are no plans for a funeral service at this time.