James W. Kinney of Merrimack, NH formerly of Lowell, MA

5457 KinneyJames “Jim” W. Kinney, 86, of Merrimack, NH formerly of Lowell, MA died Thursday March 5, 2015 after a brief illness.

He was married to Constance (Waaramaa) Kinney with whom he would have celebrated their 15th anniversary in April.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor (Daniels) Kinney who died October of 1991.

Born in Chelmsford, MA, he was a son of the late Guy and Georgina Kinney. He graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1946. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Boston University.

During the Korean War, he served in the US Army.

He worked as Salesman at many area newspapers including the Lowell Sun, the Nashua Telegraph and Gloucester Times.  In his early years he worked at G.E. in Lynn, MA and taught English at Winchendon High School. He was also a National Park Ranger in Lowell.

Jim was a member of the Lowell High School Track team.  During his senior year, he placed 2nd in the 1 mile at the 1946 New England Championship Finals.

He also was a member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge of Boston, MA, the Lowell YMCA Alumni Association. He enjoyed running, genealogy and attending his grandchildren’s events.

Jim was a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Merrimack, NH.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons and their wives, James and Heather Kinney of San Diego, CA, Edward and Susan Kinney of Pembroke, NH; a daughter and her husband, Susan and Christopher McNamara of Haverhill, MA; a stepson and his wife, Eric and Leigh Ann Waaramaa of Melrose; a stepdaughter and her husband, Tina and Michael Leskouski of Bedford, MA; a brother and his wife, Guy and Reva Kinney of Camp Verde, AZ; two sisters, Georgina Kinney and Esther Elkins both of Lowell, MA; 8 grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Kinney of Flagstaff, AZ

Visiting hours Monday 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 Middlesex St., Chelmsford, MA.  Funeral Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Tyngsboro Evangelical Congregational Church. Burial in the Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell, MA .   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Lowell YMCA, 35 YMCA Dr. Lowell, MA 01852.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

9 Condolences for James W. Kinney of Merrimack, NH formerly of Lowell, MA

    Mark Kenyon

    My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all the family.It is an honor and privilege to say I have known him most of my life..and I am blessed for being part of his..My thoughts of you will allways a bring a smile to my face..



      Thank you Mark for everything you did for my Dad. It was a comfort to know that you were readily available to help him so many times. He enjoyed your company and looked forward to your visits.



    Brother Ed and Sister Sue, One of life’s saddest occasions is the passing of a loved one.Especially when it is your father. You have my deepest sympathy.

    “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are happy.” Author Unknown.


    Michelle and Kurt Swenson

    Ed- so sorry for the death of your father. May you and Sue and your family remember him with love.


    Don Smith

    My deepest sympathy to Jim’s family. I pray that God will comfort the family and grant Jim eternal rest. I worked with Jim at the Nashua Telegraph.


    Daniel & Jane Richardson

    Jim was a good and wonderful man. He always had a smile and a good story at coffee after church. It is a sad time for Connie, but Jim will live on in our hearts. We will be with Jim at rest soon enough after his purpose for us ends. May God give Connie the comfort that only he can give.


    Dianne Mitchell

    Connie, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Know that I will be praying for you. It’s not easy losing a loved one, but at least it helps knowing where he is.


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