It’s with heavy hearts that we honour Jim Kinney who passed away at his home on Friday morning, April 19, 2013 at age 79.
Jim was a resident of NorthamptonTownship for 41 years. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Philadelphia where he also played football; he received his degree in Business Administration from TempleUniversity. Jim was a veteran of the United States Army having served in Germany. Jim’s professional career in the Food Service Industry spanned 45 years. He worked in sales for Keebler Company, Food Trade News and several other companies that he represented.
Jim was dedicated and devoted to his community. He was a Republican Committeeman for many years and served selflessly for two decades as a member and former Chairman of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors. During his terms in office, Jim was responsible, along with his fellow board members for the development of the Comprehensive plan that helped preserve much farmland, the televising of township meetings, improving the townships roads, intersections and traffic signals. Most notable was the building of the Northampton Senior Center on Township Road, which has benefited so many township residents.
After his terms on the Board, Jim continued to serve the residents of his community, as a liaison to the Supervisors and on several other Townships boards. He was also the head of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging and served as Administrative Officer for Public Affairs in BucksCounty. Jim was known for his quiet way and delicate manner in bringing people together. What many don’t know or realize is how instrumental Jim and his side kick Pete Palestina were in getting the new library, new fire house and saving the old Richboro School and a beautiful park built from free Navy land, and most of all, keeping taxes low and so much more.
Jim could be seen often at the SeniorCenter with his friends enjoying a game of pool or being a star on the Bocce Court or looking for a game of golf. His beloved wife Joan would often remark, that she now has her kitchen table back for family and friends.
In addition to his wife Joan, he is survived by his children and their spouses; James E. Kinney, Jr., Carolyn K. DuMont and her husband Kirk and Robert W. Kinney and his wife Rebecca. He is also survived by his 3 granddaughters; Ashley Lynn DuMont-Szendiuch, Lauren C. DuMont and Jacqueline K. DuMont.
Relatives, friends and members of all organizations that he was a member of are invited to offer their condolences to Jim’s family on Tuesday April 23 ,2013 from 9:00am until his Memorial Service 11:00am at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd.(at Holland Rd.) Richboro.
Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society 1626 Locust St. Phila. PA 19103.
Thank you Jim, for all you have contributed to making the US, Bucks County, and especially Northampton Township, a better place to live. We will miss you.