Geddes William Kujaneck passed away peacefully in his own home on May 30, 2021, at the age of 93. Geddes was born to William and Elsie Kujaneck on July 18, 1927 in Concord, New York.
He spent most of his childhood in the Franklinville area of New York. He had a keen interest in different types of motors and engines and could explain the mechanics of them to anyone who took the time to listen. As a teenager, he built himself an electric bike of which he was very proud. He graduated from Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville, New York on June 6, 1945. Geddes married Betty Marie Woodruff, a childhood friend, on November 16, 1945, in Elkton, Maryland. He was enlisted in the United States Army shortly thereafter and received an honorable discharge on August 23, 1946.
Although Geddes never received an official degree, he was a self-taught mechanical, as well as, electrical engineer. He understood the underlying theories and principals of engineering and was able to compute elaborate calculations in his head. He could come up with a solution to almost any problem he encountered. Geddes loved to invent things and improve upon things already invented. Early on, he worked at a machine shop in Springville, New York and later at a knife factory in Franklinville, New York. He eventually took a job at Niagara Mohawk Electric Company in Allegany, New York and spent many years reading electric meters. On occasion, he would even come home with a new pet given to him by a customer. One of the most famous was a talking crow named Amy Bird. He told countless, entertaining stories about his experiences reading meters. In addition to reading meters, he had his own business repairing radios and TVs as well as doing welding jobs for local farmers.
In 1964 Geddes moved his family of five, across country, from New York to New Mexico. There he found a temporary job working for the radio station KABQ in Albuquerque. He eventually settled in Alamogordo, New Mexico where he worked for Industrial Communications repairing two-way radios and transmitters for the police department as well for the military.
Later, he and his wife Betty moved to Englewood, Florida where he opened his own business called Englewood TV. Here they sold TVs and repaired them, as well as installed antennas for customers. Geddes did many of the TV repairs and installations himself. In addition, he was an engineer for a local TV station. Betty did a great job taking care of the books and talking to people when they came into the shop. Twenty-one years ago, after retiring, Geddes and Betty moved back to Alamogordo. They enjoyed being close to their daughter Rita, son in law Norman and grandchildren. They spent a great deal of time traveling around the country in their RV seeing beautiful and interesting places, as well as visiting family members and friends. We were blessed to have Geddes for so many years. He will be greatly missed.
Geddes was proceeded in death by Betty on October 7, 2017, and by their son Bryan Kujaneck on May 29, 2004. He is survived by his brother Curtis Kujaneck of New York, son Daniel Kujaneck of San Francisco, Ca., and daughter Rita Lackey of Alamogordo, NM. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Carissa Pittman, Nathanael Lackey, Jennifer Burks, Rachel Burks, Adrian Agagino and Jacob Kujaneck. In addition, he is survived by his thirteen great grandchildren: Allen, Kyle and Emily Pittman, Megan Lackey, Katie, Ruth and Emmet Burks, Taylor and Luke Burks, Leon and Andrew Agagino and Drake Bryan and Azalea Fay Kujaneck.