Clyde N. Day was born in Covington, KY in 1907 to parents Everett and and Florence, a couple of modest means. In his childhood, Mr. Day lost a younger sister to an illness and his mother suffered depression and mental illness in the following years. That tragic event and her deteriorating health forced her to leave her young son and his father when she was committed to a state facility in Louisville, KY where she lived the remainder of her life.
With an instinct of survival and dedication to hard work, Mr. Day found lodging at the Covington YMCA for himself and his father who did odd jobs. During his high school years, Mr. Day worked part-time at the YMCA and following his graduation from Holmes High School he furthered his education and received and accounting certificate from the Cincinnati YMCA Business School. Mr. Day was employed by the US Internal Revenue Service.Heworked as and auditor/accountant in the Cincinnati office of the IRS from 1936-1973. He received numerous awards and certificates of distinction for his meticulous skill in matters relating to the US Tax Code and its enforcement.
An active member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Newport, KY, Mr. Day was active in church leadership roles over the years and was often joined at services and events with his wife, Carolyn Otilla Day who preceded him in death. His second wife, Margaret "Peggy" Day, who died in July 2011 was also an active participant in church sponsored activities. Their generous gift of $125,000 dollars purchased a new pipe organ for the church.
Upon Mr. Day's death in November, 2011, a foundation was established to develop a lasting legacy. With interests in child safety and welfare, education and the arts, the Clyde N. Day Foundation has made significant contributions to organizations and initiatives in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. The foundation received 501c3 approval in October 2013.
During the last year of his life, photojournalist Michael E. Keating, documented Mr. Day's life in an effort to show the struggles the elderly encounter as the end nears. Open this link to see the moving presentation and Keating's special relationship with Mr. Day.
Watch this 2012 video that offers insight and perspective about Mr. Day's life and legacy
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