Michael Kittredge II, who founded Yankee Candle as a teenager in his family home in 1969, has died at the age of 67.
Kittredge died late last night at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. The candlemaker, according to Yankee Candle, began his craft in his home as a teenager, using melted crayons, as he was “too broke to buy his mother a Christmas present.” The company went on to gain great success, with their candles available in more than 475 company-owned retail stores and more than 19,000 specialty stores in the United States.
Kittredge sold the company in 1998 and retired before eventually helping his son create Kringle Candle.
Source: Yankee Candle founder – CNN