Cambridge Kenneth James LeGrys, 81, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer . He was the husband of Carolyn Thygesen LeGrys.A Cambridge native, Ken was born Sunday, February 23, 1932 at Mary McClellan Hospital, the son of V. James (Jim) and G. Irene Gillette LeGrys. He was a graduate of Cambridge Central School, class of 1947.After graduating from Middlebury College in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in English, Ken joined the United State Air Force and served part of his enlistment in Okinawa during the Korean War. He married Carolyn on October 30, 1955.Upon his return to Cambridge, he formed a partnership with George MacArthur and formed a garage business initially called the East End Garage and, later, the Cambridge Garage. The business was sold in 1965.Ken’s career took a different direction when he went to work for the New York State Department of Labor as an Employment Interviewer and Unemployment Insurance Claim’s Examiner. He worked in the Glens Falls office for thirty years, retiring in 1995 .He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.An avid reader, Ken was devoted to the New York Times and enjoyed books on history, architecture as well as many other subjects.A brother, Donald LeGrys and sister-in-law, Mary Lou, predecease Ken.Along with his beloved wife of 55 years, he is survived by three children, Wendy Irene Michalak and husband William of Ticonderoga, James Wayne LeGrys and wife LaVita of Silver Springs, Maryland and Lance Steven LeGrys and wife Maria of Fort Ann and three grandchildren, Daniel J. Michalak, Alexandria D. LeGrys and Charlotte C. LeGrys.A memorial celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 11 A. M. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Luke’s Place, Cambridge with the Reverend Jim French officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Woodlands Cemetery.The family would appreciate memorial donations be made to either St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816 or Friends of Hospice , 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.
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