OBITUARY

William Edward Kinney

February 17, 1933February 16, 2021
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William Edward Kinney, III was born to William Edward Kinney, Jr. and Frieda P. (Garvis) Kinney on February 17, 1933 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Bill grew up in Jersey City, attended PS#24 & PS#15 and graduated from Henry Snyder High School in June 1950. As a young man he was an active leader in the Cub and Boy Scouts; the Order of De Molay and developed a lifelong interest in photography. His sports activities included swimming, track, boxing, football and intramural basketball. In addition, Bill worked part-time in a local store, to finance his hobbies, during and after high school. While waiting to enter the U.S. Navy in 1951 during the Korean War, Bill attended Jersey City Junior College, where he studied chemistry and biology and was employed by Colgate-Palmolive Co. After Navy boot camp, he attended USN Electrician's Mate School at Montgomery Junior College, Takoma Park, MD; Atomic, Biological & Chemical Warfare School and served aboard the U.S.S. Valcour (AVP-55), a small seaplane tender and flagship of the Commander Middle Eastern Forces, for duty in the Persian Gulf/Middle East areas. After two deployment cruises, Bill transferred to the U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVA-43), an attack aircraft carrier, for duty in the Mediterranean European areas. Bill advanced from Seaman Recruit (E-1) to leading Petty Officer First Class (E-6), before being honorably discharged in 1955. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation Medal (Europe) and the National Defense Service Medal for his service. Upon returning to civilian life in 1955, he regained employment at Colgate-Palmolive in the oral products research department and participated in the early development of fluoride toothpaste while pursuing his BBA degree in accountancy and business administration from Pace College, New York City. He then moved into office administration and supervised the installation of leading-edge office systems and procedures at the, then new, Colgate-Palmolive Research Center in Piscataway, NJ where because of his civilian U.S. Department of Defense industrial security duties, to protect classified information, Bill attended the U.S. Army Counterintelligence School at Fort Holabird, MD. In 1966, Bill joined Amerada Hess Corporation and assumed responsibility for installation and implementing all office services systems in their new headquarters office building in Woodbridge, NJ. In 1969, he joined the growing international CPA and consulting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. at the New Jersey headquarters and prepared for their offices move to the new Gateway I complex in Newark. This was followed by major construction and a move to Short Hills, NJ in 1980. Bill retired from Peat, Marwick, now known as KPMG, LLP in 1996 as Director of Administration & Personnel with 27 years of service. In addition to his employment, Bill achieved the professional designation, Certified Administrative Manager in 1972, the 16th C.A.M. in the U.S. and the first in the NY/NJ/PA metro area. His pursuit of professionalism for managers led him to serve on the Board of Regents of the Academy of Certified Administrative Managers for five years, two as Chairman. He was named a Fellow for his international efforts to professionalize the field of management. Earlier, in 1963, Bill had joined the National Office Management Association (NOMA), which would later change its name to Administrative Management Society (AMS) to reflect the direction of the office systems movement. He ultimately became International President/CEO of AMS in 1981, with 10,000 management members and 140 chapters throughout North America, Jamaica and Hong Kong. In that capacity, he became a founder of the Administrative Management Society Foundation for research into evolving office systems. He published several papers on office systems and was a guest speaker at NY/NJ metropolitan universities and the American Management Association, in addition to AMS chapters across the U.S. and Canada. Bill also received acknowledgements in several doctoral dissertations for his support of administrative systems research. Bill received a letter of appreciation from then Governor Thomas Kean, for his efforts on behalf of his profession and for bringing credit to the New Jersey community. He was named "Manager of the Year" in 1985 for the NY/NJ/PA metro area by AMS. A former resident of Jersey City, Lyndhurst, Piscataway and Warren Township, NJ, Bill met his wife Barbara in New Jersey and they retired to Punta Gorda Isles, FL in 1997 to pursue their love of boating on a year-round basis. They were members of the United States Power Squadrons, formerly in Lackawanna (NJ) and then in Peace River (FL) squadron, where Bill was a past Lt. Commander; as well as members of the PGI Civic Association; former members of the Cruising Club of PGI; founding members of the Mariners of PGI; members of Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and past members of St. Andrews South Golf Club. Bill was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of B.P.O. Elks # 2606 of Punta Gorda and The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Bill was predeceased by his parents and his first wife, Ann (Gioco) of North Andover, MA and his sister Anita McGough of North Carolina. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara, of Punta Gorda, FL; his daughters Susan and Kathryn; his son Steven in CA and three grandsons, Jeffrey, Christopher and Andrew, in New Jersey. His sister, Miriam Doherty resides in North Carolina. A private burial with military honors will take place in Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice.

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Bob Harman

February 19, 2021

He will be missed by Melinda and I on our visits to Punta Gorda. Many a great boat trip was had by the Mariners Of PGI with Bill and Barbara on the Coral Sea for most of them. God bless him and keep him and may he have following seas.

Rosanne Kruse

February 18, 2021

Barb Sorry for the loss of your Husband Bill. He was a good man. Our condolences to you and your family. May he now Rest In Peace. God Bless.
Rosanne and Ron

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