Yankee Candle founder Michael Kittredge II dies at 67
Nightscream/Wikimedia(CNN) - Candlemaker Michael Kittredge II, who founded Yankee Candle as a teenager in his family home in 1969, has died, according to a spokesman. The company's website says Kittredge started making candles at 16 because "he was too broke to buy his mother a Christmas present." That was the birth of Yankee Candle," the Yankee Candle website says. Kittredge got back in the candle business in 2010 when he helped his son start Kringle Candle. He also helped create Cooley-Dickinson Hospital's Kittredge Surgical Center, Holyoke Community College's Kittredge Center, and the Kittredge Building at The Bement School in Deerfield.