Frank J. Kinney, III, of Branford, died Monday September 24, 2018 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was the beloved husband of Lois Giammattei Kinney. Frank was born in New Haven March 16, 1946, son of the late Frank J. Kinney, Jr. and Ellen “Nell” O’Donnell Kinney, and grew up in Branford. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. Frank was the former Branford Town Clerk, he served on the Branford Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education, the RTM, and the Planning and Zoning Committee. He was a longtime member of the Branford Democratic Town Committee. He was the former High Sheriff of New Haven County. He retired from the state of Connecticut’s Judicial Branch in 2016. Frank was a member and quartermaster of the VFW Post 10186 in Branford, a member of the American Legion Post 83 in Branford and the Marine Corps League. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary Church in Branford, and a former member of the parish council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Eldorado Council #10. He was an active and longtime member of the Branford Parade Committee, and a third-generation reciter of the Gettysburg Address at the Memorial Day parade.
Besides his wife Lois, Frank is survived by his children, Frank J. Kinney, IV of Branford, Theresa (Eli) Torres of Branford, and Mary Kinney of Rockport, ME; his grandchildren, Kyle, Jacob, Allie and Shayla Torres; his sisters, Mary (Wayne) Fox of Stamford, and Kathleen (Bob) Xeller of Branford; his brothers, William (Marilyn) Kinney of East Dorset, VT, John (Regina) Kinney of Seymour, Michael Kinney of Branford, James (Lois) Kinney of Clinton, Thomas Kinney of New Haven, Daniel Kinney of Branford and Stephen (Terri) Kinney of Old Saybrook; his sister-in-law Paula Kinney of Guilford; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Donald and Patrick Kinney.
His funeral will leave the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford, Monday morning at 9:15 for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Church at 10:00. Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery. Visiting hours are Sunday from 3:00 - 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to East Shoreline Catholic Academy (formerly St. Mary School), 62 Cedar St., Branford, CT 06405, or to St. Martin de Porres Academy, 208 Columbus Ave., New Haven, CT 06519, as Frank believed in the opportunities that a Catholic School education could provide.
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