It is with heavy hearts that we convey the passing of our beloved Maestro, Kenneth F. Eldredge on June 8 at The Terraces in Orleans at the age of 97 1/2 years. He was born and raised in Chatham and attended schools there until he attended Deerfield Academy and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, before serving in the Coast Guard Port of Boston Band, providing music for the troops on the transport ships to England during WWII.
He was co-owner, President, Treasurer and Clerk of the Acme Laundry Company for over 68 years. He was a founding member of the Chatham Conservation Foundation, served on the Chatham Finance Committee from 1957 - 1972, Chairman from 1959 to 1966, Trustee of the Cape Cod Hospital from 1967 - 1981, Chairman from 19-72 - 1975, and President from 1972 - 1975. He was also a life member of St. Martin's Lodge.
Ken was an avid fisherman, enjoyed his bassing weekends with his friends over at Backlash, his camp on North Beach, and scow banging with his family in his whaler Wetwash.
Kenneth greatest love was his affiliation with The Chatham Band -a member from the age of 16 until his death, and Band Director for 19 years. He so looked forward to the summer concerts and providing entertainment for his much- loved audience.
Besides Franca, his wife of 35 years, Kenneth leaves his son Kenneth F. Eldredge and his wife Loris of South Chatham, his daughter Christine E. Skidmore of Harwich, his son Kevin P. Eldredge and wife Susan, of Encinitas, Calif., step-son R. Scott MacDonald and wife Geraldine of Dennisport, grandson, Taylor Skidmore and granddaughters, Eliza and Kathleen Eldredge, step-grandson Christopher MacDonald, step-granddaughters Caitlyn and Courtney MacDonald, great granddaughter Brianna, great grandsons Braydon and Rowan and many nieces and nephews.
A very special thank you to Broadreach Hospice for their compassionate help during this difficult time, and the staff at The Terraces, who caringly administered to Kenneth during his last two weeks with us. You all are truly Earth Angels.
God Speed, Kenneth
Till we meet again.