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Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS

OBITUARY

John Arthur Kaye

March 8, 1947August 10, 2019
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John Arthur Kaye, 72, a resident of Madison, MS, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 3 pm at Parkway Memorial Funeral Home, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS, followed by interment at Sunset Garden, Ridgeland, MS. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5-7 pm on Monday, August 12th, and from 2-3 pm on Tuesday, August 13th.

Mr. Kaye was born to John George Kaye and Louise Loucks on March 8th, 1947 in Little Falls, NY. He graduated with a degree in Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. He was a founder and partner of Trilogy Communications until his retirement.

John is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn O’Keefe Kaye, who cared for and tended to his every need over the past number of years. He is also survived by his daughter, Lindsay Kaye Elliott of Raleigh, NC. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Daphne Griffin Kaye.

John was a diversified athlete in high school, being particularly fond of wrestling and football. He was a lifelong devotee of the New York Yankees. John developed an aptitude for music early in life when he learned to play the trumpet and later the guitar. He shared the story of how, as a youngster, they would pay him to go quietly into the woods and play “taps” on his trumpet as funerals processed by. One of his favorite songs to sing and play on the guitar was “House of the Rising Sun”. And he spent hours playing the Beatles’ songs “by ear”.

One of John’s fondest pastimes was being challenged at the game of trivia pursuit by all his buds and fans at Buffalo Wild Wings. This was his daily routine for the last several years, where he was widely known and loved by all. He would likely consider that group of friends to be his extended family!

John had many furry friends through the years... particularly his beloved schnauzers. Stoney was one of his favorites... so much so, that he used Stoney as his sign-in name at Buffalo Wild Wings. And Jeter is going to be lost without him.

The family would like to extend their greatest appreciation to the many doctors and health care professionals who so expertly cared for John in recent years, particularly Drs. Robert Mallette, Grace Oh, Michael Bourne and Cindy Hayden Wright. Last but not least, the family offers many thanks and kudos to all his friends and fans at Buffalo Wild Wings, where trivia pursuit may never be the same without him.

Please refer to parkwayfuneralhomeridgeland.com for further information and online guest registry.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Cara Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc. Please visit https://carams.org/ to make a memorial contribution.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Randy Greco

August 12, 2019

I worked at Trilogy Communications for 13 years when John was there. He was always kind to me and had one of the most wonderful senses of humor. One night at John's house John picked up a guitar and I sat at the piano and we played Beatles songs for hours. It was a wonderful, happy experience for all of us. Although I haven't had contact with John for over 20 years, I have thought of him often, remembering the good times working with him. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing and pray for God's grace, peace and comfort for John's family during this time. I am at this moment remembering his laugh, smile, and gentle spirit. I will miss him.

Patrice Johnson

August 12, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family. He made all us employees at Trilogy feel special. Such a nice and generous man. He will be missed.

Karen Galata

August 12, 2019

Lindsay, I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. From all the stories you’ve told me, I know he was a wonderful man, who taught and influenced you so much. I pray for your strength and know his guidance and knowledge will guide you.

Much love,
Karen

Daryl Mallory

August 11, 2019

John Kaye was one of the most gracious and generous gentleman I’ve ever known. He is the true definition of a "Friend”. More importantly, he made me feel like family. I will miss him deeply.

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Biography

John Arthur Kaye, 72, a resident of Madison, MS, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 3 pm at Parkway Memorial Funeral Home, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS, followed by interment at Sunset Garden, Ridgeland, MS. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5-7 pm on Monday, August 12th, and from 2-3 pm on Tuesday, August 13th.

Mr. Kaye was born to John George Kaye and Louise Loucks on March 8th, 1947 in Little Falls, NY. He graduated with a degree in Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. He was a founder and partner of Trilogy Communications until his retirement.

John is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn O’Keefe Kaye, who cared for and tended to his every need over the past number of years. He is also survived by his daughter, Lindsay Kaye Elliott of Raleigh, NC. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Daphne Griffin Kaye.

John was a diversified athlete in high school, being particularly fond of wrestling and football. He was a lifelong devotee of the New York Yankees. John developed an aptitude for music early in life when he learned to play the trumpet and later the guitar. He shared the story of how, as a youngster, they would pay him to go quietly into the woods and play “taps” on his trumpet as funerals processed by. One of his favorite songs to sing and play on the guitar was “House of the Rising Sun”. And he spent hours playing the Beatles’ songs “by ear”.

One of John’s fondest pastimes was being challenged at the game of trivia pursuit by all his buds and fans at Buffalo Wild Wings. This was his daily routine for the last several years, where he was widely known and loved by all. He would likely consider that group of friends to be his extended family!

John had many furry friends through the years... particularly his beloved schnauzers. Stoney was one of his favorites... so much so, that he used Stoney as his sign-in name at Buffalo Wild Wings. And Jeter is going to be lost without him.

The family would like to extend their greatest appreciation to the many doctors and health care professionals who so expertly cared for John in recent years, particularly Drs. Robert Mallette, Grace Oh, Michael Bourne and Cindy Hayden Wright. Last but not least, the family offers many thanks and kudos to all his friends and fans at Buffalo Wild Wings, where trivia pursuit may never be the same without him.

Please refer to parkwayfuneralhomeridgeland.com for further information and online guest registry.