Gerald W. (Jerry) Kage

By Orleans Hub Posted 25 June 2021 at 8:18 am

A graveside memorial service for family and friends of Gerald W. Kage will take place at 11:30 a.m. on July 3, 2021 at Lynhaven Cemetery in Lyndonville, NY.  Following the service, all are invited to attend a gathering to celebrate Jerry’s life, which will be held at 12 Church Street, Lyndonville. 

Gerald KageGerald W. Kage (Jerry), 73, of West Columbia, SC., passed away on Sept. 25, 2020, after a long illness. Gerald was born in Albion, NY, to Herman and Geraldine Kage on Dec. 14, 1946. His early childhood was spent living at the Black North (formerly the Cottage Hotel) in Point Breeze, as his grandparents were owners/proprietors of the family business. The family moved to North Tonawanda, N.Y., for twelve years before a moving back to a farm in Lyndonville, N.Y. He attended LA Webber High School, donning number 42 on both his football and basketball jerseys and graduated in 1966. Athletics proved to be a life-long passion as he became a teacher of Physical Education after graduating from Quincy College in 1969.

Gerald married Suzanne Kempf on August 15, 1970 in Evergreen Park, Ill., and together they raised their two children, Jeffrey and Tracy in Holley, N.Y. His professional career took him to Holley Jr/Sr High School where he taught for thirty-two years, seventeen of which were spent coaching. In 1978, Gerald was named Section V Coach of the Year and officially put the Holley Varsity Boys’ Soccer team on the map. He achieved his 100th career win over LeRoy on Sept. 10, 1982. Gerald was an active member of NYS Teacher’s Union and part of a negotiating team that brought about many changes for the Teachers of the district, which was one of his proudest achievements.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed golf, possessed amazing talents in the kitchen, and above all was passionate about car racing. He achieved his retirement goal of settling on a beautiful lake and spending quality time fishing and gardening.

Gerald is preceded in death by his father, Herman Kage; mother, Geraldine (Hamman) Kage; and brother, Harvey Kage. Gerald is survived by his wife of fifty years, Suzanne (Kempf) Kage; children: Jeffrey Kage (Cindy), Tracy Kage Johnson (Randy); siblings: Mary Kage Francis (Robert), John Kage (Ellie), Susan Kage Edmiston, Joseph Kage (Kim), Katherine Kage, and Peter Kage; grandchildren: Cameron Kage, Dylan Kage, Preston Kage, Owen Johnson; great-grandson, Lochlan Kage; and his beloved dog, Clark.

The family wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to the staff and management of NHC of Lexington, SC for all of their loving care and friendship during Jerry’s extended illness. Memorials may be made to the Holley Teachers’ Association Scholarship Fund, 3800 N Main St Rd., Holley, NY 14470.