Michael J. Kittredge II

  • Died: July 24, 2019
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts

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Michael J. Kittredge II

Founder of Yankee Candle Company…

Michael J. Kittredge II founded the Yankee Candle Company, the largest U.S. candle company known for its wide range of scented candles in jars. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Yankee Candle is a mainstay in my home! May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   November 29, 2019

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his innovation that made people happy through the sense of smell. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of mourning.

Posted by A friend   September 07, 2019

I am truly sorry about the passing of your loved one. May God strengthen your family during this time of loss. Deepest sympathies.

Posted by A friend   August 20, 2019

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...condolences.

Posted by Makeba G.    August 18, 2019

Thank you Michael for those amazing candles.

Our deepest sympathy to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by A friend   August 17, 2019

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Mike.........we miss you so much

Posted by Donna Mann - Chicopee, MA   August 13, 2019

Wishing the whole Kittredge family blessings of peace and the knowledge he is at rest now. I met him once at Kringle. The Fall candles were out. He approached a group of older women saying he worked there. He entreated them to help decide which shade of orange they should use for the "new candle". He wore casual clothes, a sweater vest. They had no idea who he was!! He was delighted by them and the ladies by him. He had such a twinkle in his eye. When they were out of earshot I complimented him on blending in. We had a good laugh about it. My impression was that he was a good soul. I looked for him whenever I was there, but alas, no more. Another good man called home. God Bless.

Posted by Susan Beringer - Otis, MA   August 11, 2019

Our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Kittredge. Our prayers are that you are comforted and strengthened by the promise of a time when our loved ones dont have to encounter sickness.

Posted by A friend   August 11, 2019

A most generous friend and lover of automobiles, wonderful scents and his employees. So glad you have touched our lives. You will be missed. My condolences to the family, thanks for sharing Michael!

Posted by Wm Curtis Conner - Montague, MA - friend   August 04, 2019

My condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort grant you peace during your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   July 31, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing our loved ones is never easy but may the love of people that surrounds you soften your grief. May the God of all comfort help you during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   July 30, 2019

My condolences to the family. He did an amazing job. May God help you through this sad time.

Posted by - neighbor   July 30, 2019

Offering deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Posted by Jim Cummings - SHHS, Class '73   July 30, 2019

Michael was so generous to his community. He had a huge impact on many organizations in Western Massachusetts including Baystate Health, where I work. The Kittredge Foundation's most recent support was for the Baystate Franklin Medical Center's surgical center which allowed residents from Franklin county receive surgical care close to home. His legacy will be remembered for many years to come. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Posted by Christina Cronin - Springfield, MA - acquaintance   July 30, 2019

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Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   July 29, 2019

So sorry about the passing of Michael Kittredge . May his fond memories stay close to his dear family and friends. May the God of comfort be with all.

Posted by Fan - OH   July 29, 2019

So many shared wonderful times with Kittredge. I certainly appreciate him sharing his talent of candle making with all of us. As echoed by others, may God give you all much comfort.

Posted by A friend   July 29, 2019

We had so many fun times with you during the Porsche drives that you organized to perfection! Stopping for a great lunch as we toured the Berkshires for a final stop of antiquing. We enjoyed spending time at the car barn and listening to the story behind each amazing vehicle. We thank you for all of the great memories.

Posted by Steve & Melissa Gilligan - CT - friend   July 29, 2019

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I recall hearing the story of Michael making the candle for his Mum. It was very touching. When we visited Northfield Mount Hermon School for our sons interviews we had dinner there, enjoyed the cars and candles. When we came up for visits, we always stopped to shop. We lived in Georgia and this was a real treat. Years later when it came time for graduation, family that came was directed to Yankee Candle for an afternoon of shopping. Now living in Maine, Yankee Candle is the fund raiser for the local elementary school.

Our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences on your loss. Please know how connected we feel to your loss.

Posted by ADELAIDE SOLOMON-JORDAN - ME - friend   July 28, 2019

Michael made a world of people happy. Scents elicit such wonderful memories.
He used his God Given talent for good and he gave such joy.
Michael will be remembered, and, missed.
God Bless all of you.
❤✝

Posted by Denise Matthews - Newport, RI   July 28, 2019

Met Michael at stowe British car show, enjoyed hanging out with him. His love for his cars, I had ask him which one was his favorite and he said they are all his family and couldn't pick one just like his children

Posted by Andrea Gageway - Albany, NY - acquaintance   July 28, 2019

My condolences to the family on the loss of a talented and caring person. May you continue to have God in your life. He is always close to the brokenhearted.

Posted by A friend   July 28, 2019

My condolences to the Kittredge family, may God be with you in your time of need.

Posted by A friend   July 28, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing our loved ones is never easy but may the love of people that surrounds you soften your grief. May the God of All Comfort help you.

Posted by A friend   July 27, 2019

My condolences to the family and friends of Michael J. Kittredge II, a great, hospitable, and generous man, because I experienced those qualities from him among the many qualities he had.

Posted by Ray Lambert - Brattleboro, VT - friend   July 27, 2019

Living close by,I've known his story since the beginning,and was always amazed by his success throughout the world.My grandchildren,when visiting from Italy and California, love the falling snow and having fun with Santa in summer.
Condolences to all his family who treasure a lifetime of memories of him.

Posted by J Curtis - Easthampton, MA   July 27, 2019

Condolences to your family and friends. My family has enjoyed using Yankee candles for many years. May cherished memories and prayers be a source of comfort.

Posted by Mary    July 27, 2019

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   July 27, 2019

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Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   July 27, 2019

Sending my heartfelt sympathy to the family and his dear friend Steve Upton. Michael you just touched so many people s lives in a positive way. Your memories that you gave us all will be treasured. Mick you have followed in your dads footsteps and made him very proud. He is now at peace looking down on you sending his strength and love.

Posted by Sharon Lamonakis - Turners Falls, MA - acquaintance   July 26, 2019

I send my sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of your dear one. God cares and will comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by Mary Smith - PA   July 26, 2019

Deepest sympathy to the family in this time of your dear loss.May you find peace from family and friends.May you find comfort from the words of Isaiah 51:12I.. I myself am the One comforting you.

Posted by A friend   July 26, 2019

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Please accept my Deepest Sympathies

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   July 26, 2019

Mick, Condolences to you and your family. I was lucky enough to work at YC for 16 yrs. Your dad will be missed by many people.

Posted by Patty Martin - South Deerfield, MA   July 26, 2019

We will always always love, cherrish and remember the many times you shared and laughed with each other. may God be with us on our time of grieving

Posted by A friend   July 26, 2019

I miss you Michael. I told you someday we would dance again...and someday we will. You will forever be in my heart. My sincere condolences to Mick, Kylie, Casey and all of Michael's relatives and those whose lives he so blessed by being here.

Posted by Debbie Roe - Chicopee, MA   July 26, 2019

Mick, so terribly sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was a great friend to us and I know my Grandmother is taking good care of him up there.

Posted by Billie - West Springfield, MA - family   July 26, 2019

Sincere condolences to the family, friends and many who enjoyed the fragrances of Mr. Kittredge array of scented candles. The beautiful smells have delighted many homes. May the God of comfort and peace strengthen you during your time of grief. He is resting in Gods memory.

Posted by Ms. Sowell - Charlotte   July 26, 2019

I love the Yankee candle as so many of us do. Thanks for the design and various scents. May the God of comfort and tender mercy bless the family as you cope with the dear loss in your life.

Posted by BRY - CA   July 26, 2019

Condolences to Mr. Kittredge's family. May your memories help you during this difficult time. Thank you for creating and sharing with the world Yankee Candle which is a tribute to your mom.

Posted by Linda - CT   July 26, 2019

So Sorry for your loss. Thank you for creating Yankee Candle. It is a staple in my home. Visited South Deerfield often. Be blessed.

Posted by Emma Neith - Phoenix, AZ - acquaintance   July 26, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family. May fond memories comfort you during this time.

Posted by A friend   July 26, 2019

Michael will always be remembered for his kindness ,and for that reason may the family have comfort from the almighty God one day we will live forever

Posted by Ym - TX   July 26, 2019

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Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   July 26, 2019

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Deepest sympathy -the good times at GBI with Skip

Posted by SUSAN ROGERS - Newington, CT - coworker   July 25, 2019

My condolences to the Kittredge for their loss. I had the honor and privilege to know Mike from high school years and also to be in the employment of him at Yankee Candle. Mike would always take the time to say hello when our paths would cross. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Mike will be missed by his family and many other people who knew and ever met him. Rest in peace Mike.

Posted by Paul Platanitis Sr - Chicopee, MA - classmate   July 25, 2019

Am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Mike and I were high school friends when I lived in Holyoke and South Hadley back in the mid 60s. I was also the "manager" of the rock band he was in back then, "The Bristol Curries." But what I remember most was hanging out in his basement with his Mom, watching (and sometimes helping? lol) them in the candle making process. Little did I know until I moved to Michigan in the mid 70s that Mike would turn the modest family hobby into what it is today. Requiescat In Pace. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Posted by Bill Harris - Grand Blanc, MI - friend   July 25, 2019

Posted by A friend   July 25, 2019

So sad to read about the death of Mr. Kittredge. He will be remembered for starting a smell good company that many today love. Ill be glad when sickness and death will no longer be a part of our lives.

Posted by A friend   July 25, 2019

Thank you for your creation and drive in creating a fantastic candle company with a world-wide reputation!! You have been an inspiration to millions and proved that hard work culminates in great success! We who lived in South Deerfield applaud you and your family for this endeavor! God Bless you and your family

Posted by Anne Taylor Babcock - Palm Desert, CA - acquaintance   July 25, 2019

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Rest in Peace, Mike.

Posted by Cynthia Herd - SOUTH HADLEY, MA   July 25, 2019

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With my deepest sympathy to the family & friends of Michael.
I will melt & burn some of his & my favorite scents in honor of his creations.

Posted by Carol Lewanda - Fort Walton Beach, FL   July 25, 2019

Thank u Mr. K for the beauty u leave to humanity.
I too come from humble beginning some of my family members don't even Speak English but they know ur beautiful scented candles. Thank u for your passion and for inspiring the world. May u find rest in the precense of ur Heavenly Father blessings to the whole family may u find comfort knowing he blessed the lives of many through his talent.
May God continue to comfort your hearts

Posted by Rudy & Marissa Rodriguez - Edinburg, TX   July 25, 2019

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My Mom worked in the Nutcracker Suite at the original Yankee Candle. My Dad was Senior Vice president at Collins Electric and Mr. Kittredge had work done on his house by them.
A wonderful man.

Posted by MacKenzie Jennings - Springfield, MA   July 25, 2019

My condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time and beyond.

Posted by LF    July 25, 2019

I met you personally while i was at HCC in Entrepreneurship. You were the kindest man. Offered all of us any help in our businesses at any time. Your life story is inspiring. Glad you got to live a full life even though a man like you should live forever.
You also meant alot to my brother, Todd whom has worked for you for so many years. My family will remember you forever.
You showed so much kindness to so many, its a beautiful legacy to leave.
May you rest in peace & make the heavens smell magical.

Posted by Darnell Giroux - Westfield, MA - friend   July 25, 2019

Michael thank you for the memories that revolved around your beautiful scented candles! Our whole family enjoyed many moments relaxing with your candles and one of our friends on Long Island had so many that he was called the candle-man. Thank you for Kringle Candle Company too! God Bless You for your gift to the world! Rest In Peace in Jesus Name, Frank P.

Posted by Francis Plouffe - Chicopee, MA   July 25, 2019

Your Candles were a Staple in our House . Best Scents Ever !
RIP Michael
Sue ( Hess ) Willard
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Posted by A friend   July 25, 2019

A true gentleman and proud family man who helped so very many in a most quiet way. From a person who was helped, long ago, Thank you Mr Kittredge for all you did. The world is a better place because of you and your family
Meredith L.
Hatfield, Ma

Posted by Joseph Lavallee - Hatfield, MA   July 25, 2019

Eternal Flame for the OG CandleMan.❤

Posted by Melissa Vitale - Hughestown, PA   July 25, 2019

I've made many beautiful lifetime memories with one of your candles burning in the background, Good Sir. Thank you for the beautiful scent(s) Legacy you've created. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to your family and dearest friends.

Posted by Melissa Vitale - Hughestown, PA   July 25, 2019

We are truly sorry for the loss of Mr. May his family fine comfort from the Lord, family and friends. We love those scented candles! What a great legacy!

DS, Dallas TX

Posted by A friend   July 25, 2019

Rest in peace Mr K Thank You for the lovely scents

Posted by B fort - Greenwich, CT   July 25, 2019

We will miss you. Thank you for all you did for our family, your kindness, generosity, keen wit and sense of humor. You touched so many lives and your legacy will live on.
May you Rest In Peace Mike.

Posted by Dale Frank - Whately, MA - friend   July 25, 2019


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Michael J. Kittredge II