John J. Kinnally

Jan 9, 1939 - Mar 6, 2022

John (“Unc”) Kinnally passed away on March 6 at home surrounded by his family and in the knowledge that he was much loved. John was born in Yonkers in 1939, attended P.S. 5, Archbishop Stepinac H.S. and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

After living the life in Santa Barbara, Calif., he headed east in 1982 to be with nephews Rob, Jk and Ken. Lee and Linley soon joined their brothers so that by 1986 John had the five of them to love and they loved him right back. They thought everyone should have an uncle living with them.

In a grade school essay, Jk wrote that “Uncle is comfortable, like a flannel shirt.” That about sums it up. He was the adult in the room but not the parent so the kids could come to him with anything. He truly lived for the happiness and accomplishments of his niece, nephews, and their children and made that clear to them and everyone around him each and every day. Aside from gushing about all of them, John enjoyed classical music, UConn women’s basketball, Notre Dame football, Greeley High School sports, Captain Lou Albano, Steven Wright and, of course, the ponies and an occasional parlay.

John is survived by his sister, Mary and brother-in-law, Bob; Linley, her husband Joey and their children JJ, Demi and Bodhi; Rob and his wife, Dani and their children, Jack, Brady, Drew and Dottie; Jk and his wife, Stephanie and their children Emmy, J.R. and Luke; Ken and his wife, Zeena, and their son, Zade; Lee and his wife, Bree and their son, Cameron and baby in waiting, Casey.

A funeral mass officiated by John’s wonderful cousin, Father Rob Kinnally, was held Saturday, March 12, at St. Francis of Assisi in Mount Kisco. A celebration of John’s life will follow – all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John’s honor to Greeley Sports Boosters – https://greeleysportsboosters.org/kinnally/.

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