Daniel P. Fay Jr.

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2007

Longtime Kake resident Daniel P. Fay Jr. died April 9, 2007, at his home. He was 64.

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He was born April 25, 1942, in Atlantic City, N.J., to Daniel P. Fay Sr. and Laura Fay. He was the oldest of three children. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to Jacksonville, Fla. His father owned the Wise Potato Chip franchise, and his paternal grandfather owned and operated a produce business.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965.

In 1965, he met Rosie in Cleveland, where she was attending college. They got married in December 1966. Rosie was his first girlfriend, and he knew she was the one, said family members.

The couple moved to Kake in April 1967. Their son was born Nov. 5, 1967, in Seattle.

He fished with his father-in-law on the boat "Rosalyn" for one season. He and his wife then moved to Juneau, where he worked for the post office for two years. His next job was as an airplane mechanic for Southeast Skyways. He worked there for about a year before they moved back to Kake, where he worked as a carpenter.

They moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1975, where he worked for his father for five years.

Returning to Kake in 1980, Daniel began working on furnaces for Crescent Plumbing.

He worked as an EMT II for 13 years. During that time, he and Rosie delivered 12 babies in Kake. He served for three years on the state EMS board. He was also a volunteer fireman in Kake.

He worked for Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority in 1983 to 2007. He traveled to all the communities in Southeast Alaska at one time or another, working as a foreman or project manager on various THRHA building projects.

In 2000, he became the THRHA field representative for Kake. He held that position until his death.

He was an active member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Fay.

He is survived by his wife and their son, Paul Daniel Fay, along with his wife, Heather, and their five children of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son, Michael Nannauck of Seattle; parents and brother, Greg Fay, all of Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Community Hall in Kake.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church in Kake. A potluck will follow at the Community Hall.

Pallbearers are John Croasmun, Russell James, David Lee Friday, Lloyd John, John Davis, Billy Alsup, Michael James Sr. and Ken Jackson Sr.

Honorary pallbearers are Keith Bell, Richard Bergeron, Ken Jackson Jr., Shayne Thompson, Tim James, Melvin Williams, Rick Sims, Norman Natkon, John Hansen, John Kofeld, Duke Short, Richard Bergeron and Ron Ekis.

Cards and donations can be sent to Rose Fay, P.O. Box 563, Kake, AK 99830.

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