Russell S. Kimble, 67, passed away unexpectedly at home Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 16. Interment will be in East Newark Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ontario Co. Humane Society, 2976 Co. Rd. 48, Canandaigua, NY 14424, Thompson Health Guild, 350 Parrish St., Canandaigua, NY 14424 or Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua Foundation, P.O. Box 863, Canandaigua, NY 14424.
He is survived by his daughter, Kim Kimble-Sandic; granddaughter, Elana Sandic; grand-dog, Gunnar; four siblings, fraternal twin, George (Pat) Kimble, Bill Kimble, MaryAnn (Steve) Hurlburt and Kathy Ingersoll; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years, Deborah (Pelis) Kimble in 2012.
Russ was born in Kingston, the son of Westley and Marion (Bliss) Kimble. He was a graduate of Canandaigua Academy, class of 1969. Russ spent six decades in radio and cable TV. When his father passed away in 1968, Russ and George took over operation of his radio station, WCGR-Canandaigua, that he started in 1961. The studio and station offices were moved to its own building on the outskirts of Canandaigua in 1972. A year later, FM station WFLC went on the air. In 1975, he co-founded Canandaigua Cablevision, hosting daily local news casts and interviews with newsmakers. Russ was co-founder of Finger Lakes Racquetball Club in 1978, adjacent to the radio station. In 1988, he purchased AM radio station WYLF in Penn Yan and spent 24 years there operating it as morning program host and salesman. In 1993, he purchased FM radio station WFLK in Geneva, which he operated for over 20 years. Russ was also co-owner of radio stations in Syracuse (95X), Ithaca (WQNY) and Dansville (WDNY).
He was a 45-year member of the Canandaigua Kiwanis Club, was President from 1986-1987 and was co-founder of the Kiwanis Radio Auction that has raised thousands of dollars for charity. Russ was a member of the Thompson Health Guild and Canandaigua, Geneva and Penn Yan Chambers of Commerce. He was on the board of directors of the Salvation Army, American Heart Association and Community Bank. Russ served as a councilman for the City of Canandaigua in 1977. He was selected New Kiwanian of the Year in 1973 and Kiwanian of the
Year in 1985 and 1987. The Canandaigua Masonic Lodge honored him with the Dewitt Clinton Service Award in 1992. Russ will be remembered as a devoted family man.
Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home, Inc., Canandaigua. Condolences may be
offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com.