Kenneth P. Daily

December 11, 2021
Kenneth P Dailey
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Kenneth P Dailey was born Feb. 1, 1950, to the late Emmett and Winifred Dailey. He graduated from Gorham High School in 1968, and for over 45 years Ken owned and operated RC Auto, a shop for collision and restoration work. Even in the last year of his life, he continued his search for rare parts twice a year at the Carlisle Collector Car Flea Market, and hunting with friends. He and his son, Emmett, shared a love for restoring Chevrolets, especially the Nova and El Camino. Their passion and talent might find itself with a new paint color or different engine in any given year. Ken married Marcia in 1986, and together, over their thirty-five-year marriage, they created a beautiful home with patio gardens that fed and entertained many friends and family. They loved day trips around the Finger Lakes, finding restaurants and antiques, or vacations from the Thousand Islands to Caribbean beaches.

With courage and grace, Ken survived cancer eight years with the same brave and humble acceptance he lived his life. He left nothing undone at 71 years old, when he passed away at home, Saturday December 11, 2021, surrounded by family.

Ken was preceded in death by loving in-laws, Leigh and Ruth Clark; his stepson Justin Rothe; and his sister, Diane Ketcham.

Ken is survived by his beloved wife, Marcia Dailey, who will miss their laughter over nightly dinners and wine. His son, Emmett, will remember gathering with friends Friday nights in the garage, chatting up cars and reliving stories old and new. His step-daughter, Kelly Rothe, is grateful he supported her always, especially when he welcomed her home with two children in a time of need. He is remembered for his fun and sarcastic humor by grandchildren, Katherine Dalton, Morgan Rothe-Skinner and Lillian Ruth Polgar, and is honored for his loving role in their lives by their partners and spouses, Karen King, Jeff Polgar, and Adam Dalton; his sister-in-law, Barb Dunham; her daughter, Laura Finnan; brother-in-law, Larry Clark (Betsy) and their children. He is survived by brother, Gary, and other siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Calling hours are Saturday (Dec. 18th) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home in Gorham. A Memorial Service will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ontario-Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456 or

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