Obituary of James P McKinley
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On Sunday, December 5, 2021, James Phillip McKinley, loving husband and father, passed away at his home in Clermont, New Jersey, at the age of 89.
Born in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, December 30, 1931, to John and Marie McKinley, James (Jim) married Barbara Ann McCormick on May 16, 1953, in Highland Park, Pennsylvania. Jim and Barbara raised their family in Holmes, Pennsylvania and Avalon, New Jersey. They have lived in Clermont, New Jersey for the last 39 years. Jim had a long career with the Federal Aviation Administration in Pomona, New Jersey, as a Systems Analyst, retiring in 1990. He was a US Army veteran and a retired member of the US Army Reserve achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W4).
Jim’s wife Barbara, his ten children, 25 grandchildren and 11 (and 2 on the way) great grandchildren fulfilled his life and brought great joy to him. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and shared his love of baseball, including little league coaching, fishing, bird watching and gardening with his family. Most of all he shared his Catholic values, family bonds, kind heart and his sense of humor with his family and those around him.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie, his brother John (Jack), his sisters Mary (Mimi), Adriane, Elizabeth (Betty) and Margaret (Peggy) and his granddaughter Melanie McKinley.
Jim is survived by his wife Barbara, sister Muriel, his ten children, James (Susan White) of South Seaville, NJ, Thomas of Dennisville, NJ, Beth (Greg Van Houtteghem) of Margate, FL, Robert (Deborah Lawson) of Midlothian, VA, Michael (Beth Clancy) of Port Charlotte, FL, Daniel (Margaret Donohue) of Rochester, VT, Timothy (Teresa Evans) of Petersburg, NJ, Suzanne (Robert Wunder) of Cape May Court House, NJ, John of Dunlap, IL and Edward (Laurie Miller) of Naperville, IL, and his many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation from 9am to 11am on Saturday, December 11, 2021, followed by a Catholic funeral service at 11am at the Church of the Resurrection in Marmora, New Jersey. Burial will be at the Gerald M. Thornton Veterans Cemetery in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to either the Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May, New Jersey or New Jersey Audubon, 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 https://community.njaudubon.org/page.aspx?pid=298
For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com