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1943 David 2016

David Kay

November 4, 1943 — November 28, 2016

David A. Kay 1943-2016

David A. Kay, age 73, of Chagrin Falls, OH died on Monday, November 28, suddenly and unexpectedly while working in his garden. David was an avid gardener and environmentalist.

He attended Hawken School in Cleveland and graduated from Orange High School in 1962. Shortly after graduation from Denison University in 1966, David began working for the American River Touring Association in Oakland, California, and served as its administrative director until 1978. He also worked as a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund and was co-founder in 1973 of the Friends of the River. In 1982, David established the David Kay Garden and Gift Catalog, a direct mail retail catalog with a national distribution, which he sold to Foster and Gallagher in 1992. After his retirement from the catalog business, David was a great help tending to the gardens of his late father, Earle B. Kay and his late stepmother Florence Fawick Kay.

David's beloved relatives include his wife Jennifer Grimes Kay; son Sean Imrie Kay (Anna-Marie); and granddaughters Cria Anne Kay, Siobhan Mattie Kay, and Alana Rose Kay. He was the son of the late Earle B. Kay and the late Dorothy Imrie Kay and brother of Carole Ann Combs (Richard), Nancy Linsday, Deborah Fuldauer (Douglas), the late Richard Kay, and the late Tommy Kay. He is also survived by his beloved nieces and nephews: Valerie, Dorothy, Whitney, David, Shana and the late Serena Fuldauer.

A Memorial Service is planned for the spring. A burial was held at Lake View Cemetery.

Contributions in David's memory can be made to Friends of the River, 1418 20th Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA, 95881. / .


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