Obituary of Kenneth "Kenny" R. Getchell
Getchell, Kenneth "Kenny"
It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Kenneth R. Getchell on September 14, 2023. Born in St. Stephen on February 3, 1949, Kenny was the son of the late Hazen and Helena (Patterson) Getchell.
Kenny is survived by his wife Kathleen (Casey), his sons Andy and Chris Getchell, their mother Mary Scott, grandson Dylan Getchell, step children Tom Stewart (Rebecca), Kerry Brisley (Carl), grandchildren Lexi and Hutson Brisley (Taylor), special buddy Jax, sisters, Sandra Genis and Joan Clark, his favourite uncle Wayne Patterson (Faye), sisters-in-law; Noreen Getchell, Jean Casey-Spillane, Anna-Mary Casey-Zigman, brother-in-law Jim Casey, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his family, he will be missed by special friends, Mike McVay, Wimp Comeau, Gary McShane, Gary Hastey, Dana Tapley, Allan Johnston, Dale and Brian Leavitt, Tony Murphy, Ronnie MacDonald, Brian Cumberland, Les Weir, his dear Heather Hastey and so many more.
Kenny is predeceased by his parents, stepbrother Melvin Getchell, and special friends, Larry Day, Gunner Booth, and Jimmy Demerchant.
Kenny was a born sportsman, his happiest days were spent hunting, fishing, and searching for the perfect pizza. In his later years, his joy was found on the water…only catching his limit of course!
In his late teens, Kenny worked for G.P. in the wood lands. From there, he went to the St. Andrews Community College, taking the barbers course and opening his own shop on Main Street, in St. George. He then went on to work at the Lake Utopia Paper Mill, running a successful food truck, DOT, and Point Lepreau.
There were many facets to Kenny’s life-good, bad, or indifferent. Kenny was always prepared for fishing, for hunting, for a storm, he was always ready, and ready to help somebody else, especially the young people starting out with hunting or fishing. He didn’t always follow the fishing or hunting guidelines, but he darn well expected you to.
When Kathy said company was coming, Kenny moaned and groaned but he would always become the center of attention. He especially enjoyed visits from his grandchildren, teasing Dylan about how many girlfriends he’d taken out that week, wrestling and noogie-ing with Lexi and making sure Hut had the right fishing gear.
Mike McVay was always there for Kenny. We don’t have enough words to thank him for being such a great friend and fishing buddy to him.
Above all else Kathy, Andy, Chris and Jax are who held his life together, he loved them Deeply.
Cremation has taken place, a memorial celebration will be held on Thursday September 21, 2023, at 2:00PM from the Kirk McColl United Church (70 King St, St Stephen, NB E3L 2C3).
For those who wish, a donation to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Online condolences to the family or donations can be made at www.humphreysfh.com.Arrangements have been entrusted to the care & direction of Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street St. Stephen, NB E3L 2B2.
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