Edward Kinnin

July 13, 1930July 6, 2019

Passed away peacefully with family by his side on Saturday July 6th in his 89th year. Predeceased by his loving wife Betty Lou Lloyd in 1993. Cherished father of Pamela Jill Dietrich of London, David Lloyd Kinnin of Kelowna BC, father in law of Tom Dietrich (London) and Sharon Reinhardt (Kelowna). Loving grandfather of Michael Dietrich and Dayna Logan, Matthew Dietrich, Chelsea and Lee Amos, and Rylan Kinnin. Great grandpa of Harlin Amos. Loving brother of sister Ann Rush (Windsor), and predeceased by sisters Molly Harris, Jean Hedges, and Margie Cowie. Loving brother in law of Thelma McLellan (Amherstburg). Nieces and nephews remember him as a fun loving and generous “Uncle Ted”. As our father, he was actively involved in neighborhood family activities, mostly outdoors , and supported our education and recreational activities, rarely missing a hockey or baseball game, or piano recital. We enjoyed yearly summer vacations driving south for some fun in Florida with Tommy and Jean Tomelin, former Matthew Brady street neighbors. We followed his lead later on with our participation in Canada Day parades….he the Shriner Band member, and we the Drum and Bugle Corps members (Dave on Contra bass, Pam as flag girl). Ted's teaching career spanned 38 years in Windsor, Ontario. He graduated with his Ontario Teaching Certificate from London Normal School in Wortley Village at age 19. He went on to teach elementary and highschool students, influencing the lives of hundreds of children and adolescents. His commitment to life long learning led to studies and graduation from Western University with a Masters in Education, and Wayne State University, Detroit with a PhD in Educational Psychology. His teaching career continued with the Faculty of Education at University of Windsor where he retired in 1986. Ted enjoyed a full retirement with activities he enjoyed including the love of tracking Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays games, his love of drumming with Renato Belusic between the ages of 70 and 80, and singing in the Wesley Knox United church choir. He maintained beautiful gardens at his Windsor and London homes, and maintained an active healthy lifestyle with walking programs, biking, and Ageless Grace exercise. Ted preferred travels to local Ontario explorations, but also travelled to west coast Canadian destinations, mainly to visit his children and grandchildren. He maintained a steadfast commitment to sisters and their families, something he learned from his parents Margaret and David who emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1920. Ted will be missed by many in his London community at Horizon Place residence, Wesley Knox United Church and Magic Monday Creativity Circle. Our deep gratitude to the staff at University Hospital and the Home based Community Palliative Care team for honouring Ted’s choices to maintain quality of life, close to family and friends, through to the time of his peaceful passing. Visitation will be at the Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre, 1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor (519) 252-5711 on Friday from 2-4 pm and 7- 9 pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Emmanuel United Church, 1728 Lincoln Rd., Windsor on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Victoria Memorial Gardens.


  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 13, 2019


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Rocco D'Alessandro

July 13, 2019

Ted was a peaceful man. Wherever he went there he was sharing. I Enjoyed with Ted and Pam and Tom, Mathew, Taylor, Sue, Renato and and 55+ Drummer students and guests with their full drum kits a park jam.
I enjoyed Visits at Horizon place complete with eonjoying a dog show where a dog/God played Piano. There were happy hour bands and chat enjoyed there too. At his village. Spontaneous jams and chats at Magic Monday creativity gathering at Pam's add to forever memories.
Cheers for a life well lived from Rocco and family

Sheila Sinclair

July 11, 2019

Dr. Kinnon was such a wonderful, gentle, kind man. I was the Office Manager at the Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, under Dean Nease, for 10 years. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kinnon. This brings back many wonderful memories.

Karen Panchyshyn

July 11, 2019

The wonderful words spoken before me in this memorial and Ted’s family’s dedication to him in his later years are a testimony to Ted’s successful life.

I knew Ted as a kind, soft spoken man and my friend Pam’s, Dad, but he made it easy to think of him as my friend, too. When I obtained my late career University Degree, Ted sent me a card rich with words of Congratulations. He felt education obtained should always be celebrated and that I should feel proud of my accomplishment. It is obvious that Ted has passed on that respect for education to his family and many students.

For the last 5 years, Ted and I have celebrated our birthdays together and I will forever toast him on July 13th. A celebration of his life and his first heavenly birthday will be this Saturday. Congratulations Ted on a life well lived and well loved.

My husband, Terry, and I and our family send our condolences to Pam, Tom, Michael, Dayna, and Matthew and everyone that loved Ted.

Pamela Dietrich

July 11, 2019

Student reflections. Windsor Star.

Peter Gieswein
Jul 10, 2019
One of my all time favourite teachers. He and the staff at Hugh Beaton were an inspiration to so many of us.

John Pelton
Jul 10, 2019
Such a gentle man with a magical way of communicating with children. As my Grade 7 teacher I still remember as if yesterday his reading the adventure story “Atta” to us - truly a gift for inspiring.
He will be missed but never forgotten.

Sandra Mackenzie

July 10, 2019

Pam, I am inspired with the care and support you provided to your dad throughout his later years. Especially I admire your decision to take him into your home these past 7 weeks.

You knew he was palliative and wanted him to be cared for in a nurturing environment. Your dad was "bathed in love" as he took his last breath. What a gift you gave him.

During those last weeks he smiled, talked and laughed. Ted was always able to talk! I smiled when he told Pam that she must have a good gardener as the grounds outside were beautiful. Tom was the good gardener!

Bruce and I send our love to all of you. And to Ted we send a toast to a life well lived!

Sandy Mackenzie and Bruce Brillinger

Matthew Dietrich

July 10, 2019

Ted Kinnin
The wisdom he has endowed upon me and this world can only begin to be described by the few words I will repeat now.
He was excellent grandfather, a good man, and superb speaker. Not to say he wouldn't talk out ears off for hours on end. But a stand up gentleman to say the the least.
He used to recite his dreams to us and in his later years he began to listen to ours.
The fondest memory I recall was simply gardening with him at his London home before relaxing in his very comfortable living room as well as a few laughs along the way. He will be always missed and remembered fondly.

Pamela Dietrich

July 10, 2019

Dear Pamela,

I was advised with the sad news today of your dad’s passing.

Your dad taught me at Hugh Beaton Primary School as our gym teacher and later at Walkerville Collegiate where he was involved as my teacher and football coach.

Although I am sorry that I had not kept in contact with him as I moved to Australia 50 years ago; I had the utmost respect for your father as he was both a role model and hero to myself and my contemporaries at a formative time in our lives. He was a teacher in many ways beyond the classroom and an inspiration to me. Please accept my condolences to you and your family -wanted to let you know what an influence he had on me and many others.

Jack Cowin

Pamela Dietrich

July 10, 2019

Reflections from former students Posted in Windsor Star. Gratitude.

Paul Newman
Jul 09, 2019
Wonderful teacher, wonderful coach.

Jackie (Tizzard) White
Jul 09, 2019
I was so hoping to see Ted at our Hugh Beaton reunion held this past June and so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was possibly my favourite teacher in public school and didn't all the girls swoon when he was around. He will be greatly missed.

Michael Awender----Phoenix Arizona
Jul 09, 2019
I had the privilege of working with Ted at the Windsor Teachers College. He was an excellent teacher, a valued colleague, and a great person. My condolences go out to his entire family.

Walter Masanovich
Jul 09, 2019
I haven’t seen Mr. Kinnin (Ted) Since the last Hugh Beaton reunion.....but I remember him as a great teacher , a great leader and a great guy......He taught me at Hugh Beaton....I followed him to Walkerville and later to Windsor Teachers’ College....his words of inspiration will always be remembered.......Wally Masanovich.....Windsor

Jackie McVeigh

July 9, 2019

My condolences to the Kinnin family. Ted was a jovial and kind man and I shared many a discussion with him about government and education and of course the NHL. My Aunt Marie Kinnin and Ted enjoyed many wonderful years in their London home and I know she was instrumental in him that he becoming active in his Church. His was a life well lived.

Lynn horton

July 9, 2019

Ted and Marie were lovely neighbours and good friends
in their London home.
Many fond memories of sitting in Marie & Ted's beloved backyard and beautiful gardens.
Arnold & Lynn