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OBITUARY

William Halry McKinley

December 7, 1952June 9, 2020
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William Halry McKinley (a.k.a. Hal, Channa, Pardy), age 67, passed away on June 9, 2020, at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida.

Hal is survived by his wife, Rita McKinley of Planation, Florida, his children, William McKinley (son), Andrew McKinley (son), Bridgette McKinley (daughter), Michelle McKinley (daughter-in-law) of Plantation Florida; and his grandchildren – Cailin McKinley of Kingston, Jamaica and Zayn McKinley of Plantation, Florida.

Hal was born on December 7th 1952 in Top Hill, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica to parents William and Evelyn McKinley (nee Bent). He graduated from Munro College in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and went on to give his talents and services to companies such as Jamaica Public Service (JPS), T. Geddes Grant, Sealand, and eventually opened the doors of “O’ Yes” Club and Restaurant. Later in his life, Hal found his way back to the shipping industry at Maritime & Transport Services Limited and dedicated the remainder of his professional years there.

Hal was socially active and deeply passionate about helping people throughout his life. He truly believed that we were here on this earth to help each other along life’s journey and that if the desire to give and share did not come as naturally as it did for him, it should at the very least be our duty as human beings. Above all, Hal was a family man. He took great delight in spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and rest of family and friends. He enjoyed watching cricket, cooking, and listening to music. His family and friends will always remember him as a selfless, kind and uplifting man.

A Thanksgiving Service is scheduled at the Chapel at Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens South for Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:30am. Pastor Chris Baselice of Calvary Chapel Plantation will officiate. All are welcome to join via live stream by clicking the 'Join Livestream' link below to celebrate Hal’s life, as only immediate family will be able to physically attend due to the constraints of COVID-19.

The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love and support during this difficult time.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestlawnsouth.com for the McKinley family.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Kevin Delmarr

July 6, 2020

My deepest condolences goes out to the entire McKinley family.

When I was a young child, I was blessed to be a part of the McKinley family. I attended prep school with Billy, Andrew, and Bridgette, where our friendship blossomed. Eventually I was introduced to Uncle Hal and Aunty Rita, who treated me like their 3rd son. I always felt welcomed to the McKinley home, and was a witness to the love and admiration that Uncle Hal's family, especially his children, had for him. I always will remember the trips with the boys to Old Harbour for lobster, and hanging out at the "O Yes" pub, which he owned. Uncle had the best chili recipe ever. So many great memories of him and his family. You will always be loved and remembered Uncle.

Rest in peace, Uncle Hal.

Kevin

bernice McKinley

July 5, 2020

I will truly miss you even though i know you have
have not gone too far away.

I hate to admit this, gives away the age, yet I remember when you were born I held you in my arms.

God speed little brother.

Take care Rita, Billie, Andy and Bridge.
With you in spirit.
Love you with all my heart

Your sister and Aunt
Bernice (McKinley)

PS I took that picture of you in the breadfruit tree-lots more to follow when I figure out how to send them.

Avis Wright

July 4, 2020

My deepest condolences to the McKinley family.

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Mr. McKinley's passing in the Gleaner. I worked for the McKinleys for 12 years as a housekeeper and nanny to their children Billy, Andrew and Miss Bridgette. The McKinleys treated me good and took me as part of their family. Mr. McKinley knew that I loved cricket so he would buy tickets and give them to me so I could go to Sabina Park to watch the games. He was a kind gentleman. Sometimes he would take over the cooking so that I could get off work early to go to those matches. I will remember his kindness. May his soul rest in peace.

Andre & Andrea Stephenson

July 4, 2020

Our deepest and most sincere condolences to the McKinley Family.

Whenever I blessed my eyes on Hal, he always had a smile on his face and he was always telling a joke and/or stories. There was never a dull moment with him - I guess that’s how us Top Hill, St. Elizabeth guys are😊. But over the years, what I noticed most importantly, was the bond he had with Andy (my brother bonded through the Top Hill red dirt ❤️). I admired their relationship as it was bonded with unconditional love, more than father and son - being best friends.

To Andy and the entire McKinley family. May God continue to strengthen you through this tough time. A loss is never easy but rest assured that we will all meet again one fine day and Hal is resting in God’s eternal kingdom now.

Rest In Peace Hal

Maria Jennings

July 3, 2020

Please find comfort in knowing that your grief is shared by all who knew Uncle Hal. He was loved by all of us and will be cherished in our hearts and memories forever. Sending warmest of hugs to Aunty Rita, Bridge, Andy, Billy and the rest of the family. May his soul R.I.P.

Love from The Dockery, Franklin, Bailey, and Jennings family

Winsome Reynolds

July 3, 2020

Hal
If love could have saved you ; you would have lived forever.
You brought a light so bright to our lives & this world & your light & love will remain within us forever.
Gone way too soon my dearest brother but our beautiful memories will live on.
Well done good & faithful servant. Rest In Peace till we meet again.
Missing you
Winsome

Jerry Edwards

July 3, 2020

Hal was not only my brother in law he was also the best man at my wedding. During my younger years he had an influence with his wisdom and out look on life that has stayed with me until this day. His friendly personality was impressed upon everyone that met him. Rest in peace my friend.

Christine Scarlett

July 2, 2020

My sincerest condolences to Aunt Rita, Bridgette, Andrew, and Billy on the passing of your loving husband and father.

Uncle Hal was caring, generous, dedicated, and full of infectious energy. I remember all his trips to country to take care of and drop food and supplies to the “old folks ”. An annual example of this was each Christmas Day. He would get up early, and drive to St. Elizabeth (Tophill) for holiday drop-offs.

Uncle always had a smile and a laugh to give and share with others, which I will always remember.

Rest in heavenly peace Uncle Hal.

Kevin and Tanya Hylton

July 2, 2020

We met Mr. Hal and Ms. Rita through our dear friends Michelle and Andy. Mr. Hal was so very kind and warm to my fiance and I the very first day he met us. He had such a special bond with his son Andy and daughter in law Michelle, that just for the simple fact that they called us friends, he treated us as if we were family. Although we did not know Mr. Hal for a very long time, we consider ourselves so blessed to have met such a wonderful man. Mr. Hal loved his family dearly. Through loving stories shared by Andy and Michelle, we learned so much about how hard he worked to provide for his family, how devoted he was as a father and husband and how anyone who came in contact with Mr. Hal walked away from that interaction feeling loved.

We pray that God comforts Ms. Rita during this difficult time. Mr. Hal and Ms. Rita were inseparable and I can imagine missing him is an understatement as to how she will feel.

Andy and Mich, Billy and Bridgette, Cailin and Zayn, we pray that you too, feel God's strength during this time. You now have a guardian angel and while he is no longer here physically, he will always be with you in loving spirit.

Our deepest condolences to the rest of the family and friends.

Mr. Hal, may you rest in paradise.

Beverly Delevante

July 2, 2020

First my Condolences to the McKinley’s Family at this time . Hal i still remembered until this day when you and your wife Rita took me to the Miami Airport as a favor to my sister with no question asked. Thank you so much . I could see from that day that you are a giving and caring soul. You will be greatly missed by everyone that knows who you’re. RI P in Jesus name Amen 🙏🏼❤️

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