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Updated: 05/23/2014 08:00:01AM

Sidney Kilmer Jr.

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Sidney “Sid” Kilmer Jr., 85, of Arcadia, Fla., and Claverack, N.Y., passed away suddenly from this life Friday, May 16, 2014, in the arms of his beloved wife and best friend, Beth, at his residence.

He was born July 2, 1928, in Sharon, Conn., to Sidney and Alberta (nee Wesley) Kilmer Sr.

Sid was raised in Millerton, N.Y. After marrying his first wife of 32 years, Irene Austin, and after moving to Brewster, N.Y., to raise their family, they returned to Millerton to spend their remaining years.

Nov. 17, 1978, he married Beth Collier in Poughquag, N.Y., who enriched his life with love, caring and tenderness beyond words. Sid enjoyed spending time at their farm in Claverack. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting clocks and John Wayne memorabilia, and Country Music.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and uncle.

In addition to his wife, Beth, he leaves behind his beloved Pupette, his pride and joy; three daughters, Virginia Ward of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Linda (Allan) Smith of Dover Plains, N.Y., and Barbara (Don) Celik of Vermont; brothers, Neil (Dawn) Kilmer and Walter (Shirley) Kilmer; seven grandchildren, Jeff Ward, Allan Jr., Steven and Bobby Smith, and Daniel, Michael and Stacy Celik; 10 great-grandchildren, Faith and Jeffrey Ward, Ashley and Kara Smith, Amanda and Michael Smith, Cameron and Kaylie Smith, and Maria and Michael Celik; great-great-grandchild, Giovanna Lowell; several nieces and nephews; extended family, John and Lisa Smith, and their children; and many dear friends. Sid was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irene; and great-granddaughter, Christine Elizabeth Ward.

Many thanks to the ladies of the Fort Ogden, Fla., United Methodist Church for their never-ending love and support.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date in Claverack.

Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory, Punta Gorda, Fla.

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