August 21, 1920 – March 25, 2017
With sadness we share the passing of Sam Kinney – husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend. Sam died peacefully, early on March 25th. He was 96 years old. Predeceased by all of his siblings, his foster daughter Bonnie, and son Glen (Chris), Sam leaves behind his wife of nearly 75 years Mary; sons Howard (Dorothy Jean), Brian (Linda), Gary (Lee); daughter Helen; daughter-in-law Christianne; grandchildren Sheri, Michael (Lindsay), Nikella, Sheena (Sean), Aaron, Eric, Nolan, Danielle (Doug), and Derrian; and, great-grandchildren Kali, Mei-Li, Marissa, Ethan, Mason, Ronin, Talia, and James. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and some good friends.
Sam Kinney was born on August 21st, 1920 in Beechwood, New Brunswick. He was the 11th of Alfred and Nettie (Broad) Kinney’s 12 children. As an 18 year old, he was proud to join the Carleton & York Regiment and was stationed in England, where he met, courted, and married Mary Smith. Four years later, after campaigns in Sicily, Italy, and Holland, he returned to New Brunswick and sent for his wife and young son, Howard. While Mary tended their sons, now including Glen and Brian, Sam ran a Ferry across the river at Upper Kent and then worked for the Dam. Later, the family moved to Prince Rupert where Sam got a job at the mill where he worked at a job he loved for many years. Three more children joined the family—Helen, Gary, and Bonnie.
Sam was a simple man with simple tastes. He liked loyalty, hard work, being outside, working with his hands, a nice cup of tea, a fresh haircut, western movies and music, good plain food, a nap in his chair, and singing silly songs. He loved his family and friends, and we will miss him. We wish him one final, “Good show, Carleton-York!”
The Kinney family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. R. Mothelesi, and the Emergency nurses & doctors for the many trips there. Also we would to thank the West Pod nurses & care aides at the Acropolis Manor for taking care of Dad.