Kenneth E. Percy

Kenneth E. Percy

Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death Jul 1968 (aged 59)
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Burial Dexter, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 70514069 · View Source
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The son of John Ward Percy and Elizabeth Tooley. Kenneth married Carolyn E. Wood on 11 Nov 1933 at West Carthage, Jefferson County, New York. They had four children together named Elizabeth, Barbara, Alan K. and Martin C.

Obituary: Kenneth E. Percy
K. E. PERCY, Principal, Died at 59
Kenneth E. Percy, 59, of 133 North Pleasant street, principal of the Knickerbocker and Academy street schools and a star athlete during his high school and college days, died at 3:5 5 this morning in the House of the Good Samaritan of a massive heart attack.
He died an hour and 45 minutes after he was admitted to the hospital and placed in the coronary care unit.
The funeral will Thursday at the Bethany Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Dexter cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Members of the family have requested that tributes be in the form of contributions to the Gary M. Jones fund of the Watertown public school system.
Mr. Percy, president of the Gary M. Jones club in 1941-42, was a member of the fund committee and vitally interested in its established purpose of making loans available to students planning to further their education.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Carolyn E. Wood Percy, four children;, Dr. Alan K. Percy, a resident in pediatrics at the Palo-Alto-Stanford university hospital, Palo-Alto, Calif., Mrs. Charles J. (Elizabeth W.) Elliott, Baldwinsville, Miss Barbara E. Percy, a student at the Potsdam State University college, and Martin C. Percy, city; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Tooley Percy, 133 North Pleasant street, a brother Lyle H. Percy, 125 Francis street, a clerk at the postoffice.
Mr. Percy was stricken critically ill early this morning, complaining to his wife of illness about 1:35. City police were called to his home to administer oxygen after he became nauseated and experienced difficulty in breathing.
He was subsequently hurried by ambulance to the hospital, being admitted at 2:10. He appeared to rally for a few minutes after emergency treatment, but then lapsed into a coma.
Although he had undergone two major operations, one in December, 1959, for a ruptured appendix, and the other in October, 1961 for ulcers and a gall bladder ailment, he appeared to be in good health.
He played bridge Monday night at the Hotel Woodruff as a member of the Northern New York Duplicate Bridge clue, although he later told his wife, he "felt strange".
Good Athlete
Mr. Percy was one of the most outstanding athletes in Rockne of Notre Dame and Tad Jones. Percy, a 150-pound back, starred both on offense and defense. His open-field running was spectacular and his catching of forward passes paved the way to many a St. Lawrence touchdown. It was in 1928 that re ran a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown against Colgate, and was the chief threat for the opposition in every game St. Lawrence played.
He starred in the three sports, while in college as well as high school. He was captain of various athletic teams while in high school and, under the late Coach William I. Graf, he led his high school football team to undefeated seasons.
He set enviable records in sports during his four years at St. Lawrence. He was captain of the track team in his senior year at the university, was described as one of the fastest and shiftiest halfbacks in football history there, was a leading athlete in small college circles, was named on several All-Small college teams and won All-American honorable mention in his senior year at St. Lawrence.
Track Star
As a track star, he had few superiors in the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash, the 440-yard dash and the running broad-jump, bot in high school and college, broke a number of St. Lawrence university track records and won several titles in small college conference track and field meets. In November, 1928 he was chosen for a backfield position on the first All-State small college eleven.
He was a star forward on high school and university basketball teams and also played baseball. He continued to star in sports after his college days, playing with various independent teams. He was halfback on the teams of Carl's Tigers and the Red & Black--Watertown semi-pro football teams--and played basketball with a number of teams. He was a member of the Adams team in the old Jefferson County Baseball league in the early 1930's.
Kenneth Erwin Percy was born in Watertown Dec. 26, 1908, a son of J. Ward and Elizabeth Tooley Percy. His father, a retired city constable, died last Jan. 4 at the age of 84. He receive his early education in the local public schools and when he was graduated from the high school June 22, 1927, he was presented with the Hi-Y silver trophy, an award given to the boy in the class selected for scholarship, character and service to the school.
In 1926-1927 he was the treasurer of the Hi-Y club and at commencement time at the high school he won the award for being the most athletic in his class.
Mr. Percy was graduated from St. Lawrence in June, 1931, with a bachelor of science degree and later was awarded a masters degree in teaching.
He began his teaching career at Dexter, where he was physical education teacher for a year, 1933-1934, serving as athletic director and coach at the high school. He coached the first high school football team that represented Dexter in many years and in 1933 he directed the basketball team at the high school to one of the outstanding teams in the frontier High school league.
For a half year in 1934-1935 he taught science in the Philadelphia High school. Subsequently, he joined the Watertown public school system and from January, 1935, to September, 1945, he was science teacher at the North Junior High school,
From September, 1945, to February, 1948, he was vice principal and science teacher becoming principal in September, 1948.
When the Knickerbocker school was first opened in 1953, he was appointed principal of that school and the State street school. In 1955 he was appointed principal of the Knickerbocker school and Academy street school and served in that capacity until his death,
Mr. Percy married Miss Carolyn E. Wood of Dexter Nov. 11 1933, West Carthage.
He was a member of Bethany Methodist church and its class; a member and president in 1950-51 of the Lincoln League, life member of the Knickerbocker School Parent Teachers' Association; a member and past chairman of the Northern zone of the New York State Elementary Principals association and a member of the Watertown Teachers' association.
He was once a member of the basketball and baseball teams of Bethany Church.

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