“06880” reader Denise McLaughlin sent this along:
Westport lost one of its finest volunteers, and a champion of many worthy causes. Kathy Kinkaid died while on a cruise in the Greek Islands with her sister Suzie Shuck and her brother-in-law John Shuck.
Volunteering is a habit for some people, a pain for a few, and a privilege for others. Some do it when asked, some ask to do it. Maybe it’s addictive because some people in Westport could be nominated for “Volunteer of the Day” several days a week, several months of the year, by more than one local charity or organization.
Kathy would be one of those people. The Westport Woman’s Club, Domestic Violence, Project Return, Clasp Homes and the beneficiaries of the Concours d’Elegance all got plenty of help from Kathy.
The Concours d’Elegance used hundreds of Westporters who volunteered to take make signs, guide valuable cars into place, sell tickets, and do the thousands of other details required to pull off a huge charity gig.
Many of those volunteers were solicited by Kathy Kincaid. Those volunteers worked between two and perhaps hundreds of hours to raise money for autism, Rotary, the Westport Arts Center and the Westport Historical Society, among others.
Losing Kathy Kincaid, one of our leading volunteers and good citizens, is a reminder to all of us how much our community thrives because of the good work of many special Westporters like Kathy.