Kermit A. Cadrette, 79, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Rome Memorial Hospital. He was born in Rome on April 3, 1938 the son of the late Herman and Margaret Parry Cadrette. On May 26, 1962, he was united in marriage to Carol S. Coy.
Kermit served his country in the US Navy from 1955 – 1959.
He spent 39 years working for USAir in Syracuse before retiring in 2000.
Kermit was an accomplished athlete and runner who competed in dozens of races each year. His favorite distance was the marathon, completing 83 over the course of his life. Among these were 15 runs in the New York City Marathon, 21 completions of the highly competitive Boston Marathon, two international finishes in Canada and one more in London, England. His favorite team run was the New Hampshire “Reach the Beach” relay where he and his dedicated teammates would run through the night to complete the 200+ mile course. One of his most challenging runs was his annual trek up Mt. Washington, NH. Kermit also competed in the Empire State Games amassing over 150 medals, over half of which were gold, winning track and field events in the summer games and snowshoeing in the winter games. He was inducted into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He was still active in local sports and enjoyed the YMCA adult volleyball program. Above all, Kermit loved spending time with his family. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.
Surviving besides his loving wife of 55 years, Carol are a daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Todd Humiston of Rome; a son and daughter-in-law Kirk and Debra Cadrette of Melbourne Beach, FL; a sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and George Fitzgerald of Boca Raton, FL; two cherished granddaughters, Moriah and Sofia; and nephews Jeffrey and Eric Pardi. He was predeceased by a brother, Meddie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church. Family and friends are invited to call at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, on Monday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Kermit’s memory to Roman Runners, 1101 N. George Street, Rome, NY 13440 to support their scholarship programs.