Charles W. Kirkland

charles kirkland

March 2, 1926 ~ February 26, 2020

Born in: Utica, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Charles W. Kirkland, Jr.




Greece:  Joined his wife, Millie of 45 years on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at age 94.  Predeceased by his beloved wife, Millie J. Kirkland.  Loving and devoted father of Barbara (Jerry) Presley and Chris (Mark) Keough; proud grandpa of 5 grandchildren, Rory Presley, Shane Presley, Jenny (Nathan) Petruzzo, Megan Keough, Matt Keough; brother-in-law, Fred Rowland; many nieces, nephews and many dear friends.  Bill was born on March 2, 1926 in Utica, NY.  He was a World War II Navy Veteran and enjoyed an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in October 2012.  He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1950 with a degree in electrical engineering.  He worked at Rochester Gas & Electric in the electrical relay department for 40 years.  Bill was a longtime parishioner of Our Mother of Sorrows Church in Greece and held the position of treasurer in the Mother of Sorrows Men’s Club for over 40 years.  He loved spending time with his family and friends at his cottage on the St. Lawrence River in Alexandra Bay, NY.



Friends may call Monday (March 2nd) on his 94th birthday, 4-8 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (March 3rd) 9:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 5000 Mt. Read Blvd., Rochester, NY 14612.  Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Honor Flight Rochester, Inc., PO Box 23581 Rochester, NY 14692 or the Veterans Outreach Center, 447 South Ave. Rochester, NY 14620 in his memory.  For more information, or to sign Bill’s online guestbook, please visit


Visitation: March 2, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: March 3, 2020 9:30 am

Our Mother of Sorrows Church
5000 Mt. Read Blvd
Rochester, NY 14612

Burial: March 3, 2020 12:00 am

Our Mother of Sorrows Church
5000 Mt. Read Blvd
Rochester, NY 14612

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Charles W. Kirkland 's name.

Honor Flight Rochester, Inc.

PO Box 23581 Rochester, NY 14692

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  1. Deepest sympathy to Chris and her entire family in the loss of a great man! I’ve only heard of him through stories from Chris and pictures from when Chris and I met through our nursing organization! The family was always there for him as he was for them in his earlier years! Knowing that he’s with his Millie and they are once again dancing in the sky‘s will help your hurting heart after this week is done! Love and prayers

  2. Chris and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved hearing stories about your dad! Know that he loved you to the moon and back. May you find comfort in knowing that you have been there for him constantly for the last 11 years. Whatever I can do for you, do not hesitate to ask.
    Love you girlfriend. I look forward to seeing you soon.

  3. Chris, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure he was so proud of you and loved you dearly. You did a wonderful job, with the rest of the crew caring for him. I hope you find peace in your memories.

  4. Praying for you and your family, Chris. I know how much you loved your dad. He was such a bright star in your life. I am sending love and hugs to you! God bless you!

  5. My heart is sad for all of the Keough family. I loved Bill and always looked forward to his advice, quirky saying and just sitting watching the River. Truly there will never be another like him. All my love to Chris, Mark, Megan, Jenny, Nate and Matt

  6. Gonna miss you , Bill. Thought I was a good ‘ball buster’….until I met you. You were the best. It’s not going to be the same at the river without you, but I’m sure you will pop in to many of our conversations.

    All anyone can ask for as a legacy is that there is at least someone who will remember and miss you for a long time. You will have many. You certainly left your mark. Sorry to see you go. We’ll miss you.
    Flip and Diane

  7. Mr. Kirkland will always be remembered for his humor and kindness. Barb and I gave him a run for his money in our teen years! I always loved being in his presence and of course Mrs. Kirkland too! May he rest in deserved peace. He will be remembered always. Love to Barb and her entire family!

  8. Barb and Chris,
    Am so sorry for both of you in the loss of your dad. Never had the pleasure of meeting him, but know he must have been a great man to have raised such beautiful, caring and loving daughters. My prayers are with you both as you keep your precious memories close to your hearts.

  9. Dear Chris and Barbara… We were saddened to read of your Dad’s passing. He was
    such a nice man. My parents, Bill and Lorraine Blum had many fun times with your
    parents, especially at the cottage in the Islands. Our thoughts and prayers are
    with you and your family.
    Sincerely, Barb (Blum) and Dan Burgmaster

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. My memories of Bill was his humor and being such a good friend of my grandfather Al Climer. I spent many friday nights bowling and listening to his jokes. I always waited for Bill to ask Al did you that duck ? Rest in peace my friend you will always be remembered lefty.

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