Arthur Lee Jenkins
Arthur Lee Jenkins, 73, passed away peacefully at home in New Kingston Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on March 6, 1935 in Walton, the son of the late Carroll and Velma Finch Jenkins. Lee lived his entire life in the Catskill Mountains where he met and married his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Ann MacLean.
Lee attended Roxbury Central School.
During the early years, Lee worked in construction where he was a member of the Teamsters Union. He also was a truck driver who traveled and worked with his brother David. Following this period, Lee worked for Titan Drilling for several years before branching out, forming his own plumbing business that lasted more than 30 years.
In semi-retirement, Lee was the caretaker of Sky Ranch Property in Millbrook; a job that soon became a hobby that he enjoyed immensely.
Lee loved the New Kingston Valley where he and wife Dee lived for the past 31 years. The friendships he made in New Kingston are those which last a lifetime.
Lee’s favorite toy was his 1976 Harley Davidson motorcycle, his pride and joy. It would come as no surprise on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to see him riding through the New Kingston Valley or the rolling hills of Schoharie County. Lee loved his bike and the peace that came with riding.
Lee loved people. He truly enjoyed going to the Cheese Barrel each day, learning of the comings and goings of the village and having his daily cup of coffee, oftentimes with his dearest friend Phil Verso.
A very important part of his life, of course, was his grandchildren. Whether attending one of his grandson’s sporting events, going to church with his granddaughters or sharing in their accomplishments, it was always a special time.
Surviving are his wife, Dee; son, Chuck and grandchildren, Renee and fiancé Jon, Angela, Aaron and wife Heather, their mother, Louise Jenkins; daughter, Penny and her husband, Ken Greene and grandchildren, Nathaniel and Adam; brother, Lynn and wife, Caryl; brother, Roger and wife Nancy; sister, Ann and husband, Charles Shaefer; sister, Kay Clawitter; sisters-in-law, Arleta Jenkins and Leah Jenkins and several nieces and nephews.
Lee was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Paul, David and Burton Jenkins.
A memorial and celebration of Lee’s life will be held in the spring of 2009.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Lee’s name to the American Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.