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The world has lost a brilliant, loving man. On July 10, 2013, Willie Kiernan passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He died surrounded by his family, who will always remember him for the love in his heart, the wit in his words, the song in his voice, and the magic in his hands when he strummed the guitar.
Willie was born to Santa Infante and Joe Kiernan on Nov. 17, 1956. He and his wife Terri made Cazenovia their home over 20 years ago. He served as chef at Wheatberry, manager at Common Grounds and later Dave’s Diner, and editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He was a prolific writer of songs, Secret Words, short stories and newspaper articles, and was working on a play and a collection of vignettes at the time of his passing. He is survived by Terri, his faithful wife of 31 years, four children: Jackson, Beezly, Mays, and Siobhan, five siblings: Debbie, Joe, Trisha, Tommy and Paul, as well as all their spouses and children, and his loving in-laws. To send the family an online condolence, please visit taitfuneralhome.com. A Memorial for Willie will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Lakeside Park in Cazenovia.