Obituary, John Kean Kayea, Sr.


John Kean Kayea, Sr., 79, a lifelong resident of Wassaic, NY, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Born on October 11, 1943 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of the late John and Aileen (Drown) Kayea. Mr. Kayea was a locksmith at the Wassaic Developmental Center retiring in 1995. He was also a life member and Past Assistant Chief of the Wassaic Fire Company with over 50 years of dedicated service.

Mr. Kayea is survived by a son, John Kean Kayea, Jr., and his wife, Margaret, of Dover Plains and a daughter, Kellie Kayea of Wassaic. He is also survived by three sisters, Karen Ann Macking of Weslaco, TX, Coleen Jane Butts of Amenia and Kim Alaine Whalen of Dover Plains; four step-sisters, Phyllis Grant, Darlene Sullivan, Cheryl Dennis, Linda Webster and four step-brothers, Donald Lamay, Stanley Lamay, Richard Lamay and Merrill Lamay. Mr. Kayea is also survived by two grandchildren, Cassandra Snyder and Kayla Brazzie and two great-grandchildren, Isabella Johnson and Jagger Smith. He is also survived by his former wife, Kathy Jane Marshall of Wassaic.

Besides his parents, Mr. Kayea was predeceased by two sisters, Linda Webster and Charlene Swartz Vogt and two brothers, Larry and Darrell Lamay.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. The Wassaic Fire Company will conduct firematic services at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services and burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 21, 2022 at Amenia Island Cemetery, 3363 Route 343, Amenia, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wassaic Fire Company, PO Box 287, Wassaic, NY 12592. For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit

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Author: Harlem Valley News