Mr. Emmett Jay Kitchen, Jr.

  • Born: May 1, 1945
  • Died: December 13, 2015
  • Location: Placida, Florida

Tribute & Message From The Family


Emmett Benjamin Kitchen Jr. (Jay) 70, of Alexandria, Virginia and Palm Island, Florida died on December 13, 2015 at his Palm Island home under the care of Tidwell Hospice in his home with his loving devoted wife Kim and his caretaker and friend David Farrall. Jay battled Parkinson's disease for 16 years. He was born in Washington D.C., May 1, 1945 to the late Virginia and Ben Kitchen of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Jay was a graduate of Virginia Technological University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his career at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and served as a Wireless Telecom Policy Adviser. Jay was President/CEO of the National Association of Business and Educational Radio (NABER) and President/CEO of Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA). Jay was a Fellow of the Radio Club of America and a past member of their board. He retired from the Wireless Industry after 36 years. In 2007 Jay was inducted into the The Wireless History Foundation "Hall of Fame".
Jay lived life to the fullest, traveling the globe, scuba diving, skiing and had a passion for trains, both large and small, from the garden scale to the real thing.
Jay is survived by his loving wife Dr. Kim Ierna Kitchen of Alexandria, Va., his sister Kay (Ray) Robinson, two sons, Lee and Bryan (Shannon) Kitchen, four grandchildren, Benjamin, Morgan, Zoe, and Logan Kitchen, in-laws, Joseph and Gloria Ierna, sister in-laws, Karen, Cindy and Nicola Ierna, and brother-in-laws Todd and Joseph Ierna.
There will be a Celebration of Life on January 16, 2016 from 1-3 PM at Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Rd., Alexandria, Va., 22309 and in Palm Island, Florida on Jan.2, 2016. Donations may be made to Ocean Crest Alliance at www.oceancrestalliance.org