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Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:58:13 -0400
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VAIL MILLS - Friends and family this week gathered to celebrate the
life of a retired auto mechanic and World War II veteran who also
served for nearly a century as a quiet champion of his Adirondack
forebears' musical heritage.

"My dad never lost his humility," says Paul Kibler, whose father,
Victor Fountain Kibler, had a repertoire of more than 500 tunes and
was regarded as one of the region's greatest folk musicians. "He was a
private person, but when he got on a stage, he turned into a different
human being ... He never boasted of what he could do, he just got up
there and did it, and people were wowed."

Vic Kibler died Aug. 19 at the age of 93, and music was an important
part of his life right up to the end, according to Sue Casler, a
fiddler who learned many of the tunes in his repertoire.


Bob Sullivan
Schenectady Digital History Archive
Schenectady County (NY) Public Library