Michael Kinahan went through life with a sunny disposition, a terrific sense of humor, and was adored by everyone who knew him. He was a devoted husband and father who always let his family know how much he loved them, and continually demonstrated the importance of kindness, fairness and generosity. After serving in the Air Force, Mike met his soon to be wife, Peggy, in 1971 and then began a long career as a systems analyst with Amerada Hess in Woodbridge, NJ. He was an avid golfer, boasting two holes-in-one during his lifetime, and loved vacationing with his family.
After retirement, Mike and Peggy moved to Southern New Jersey and founded a dog rescue, which Peggy continues to run, and he served on the Saint Mary’s Carnival Committee for six years. He liked to climb lighthouses, drink a beer on a summer afternoon, and could never be trusted to evenly apply sunblock. He made life fun. He made hard situations easier. He had a profound sense of presence and the ability to truly enjoy the moments of life. Always there for everyone, always ready with sound advice or comic relief, he was both logical and whimsical. He was the rare kind of human who made life better for everyone just by being there.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Peggy; two loving children, Christine Kinahan Rusin, and her husband, Joseph, of Wall, NJ and Elizabeth Kinahan, of Durango, CO, and two cherished grandchildren, Jillian and April Rusin.
Services are private.
Mike supported many worthwhile organizations, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity in his name.
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