Maxwell Harold Kinney

February 18, 1931 - December 29, 2022
January 3, 2023 11 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

On December 29, 2022, Maxwell Harold (Max) Kinney left this Earth to be reunited with his wife, Claudia.

Max was a great historian, a well-read gentleman, and a remarkable story teller. He was a lover of the great outdoors, with a fondness for the mountains and of Vancouver Island where he could ‘see forever’. He loved fishing and hunting, tinkering and repairing, riding his bike and his Buick. Golfing with family and friends was a passion – he happily retold the story of his hole-in-one, and he loved teeing up the ball in the fairway, claiming that it was a senior privilege that he had earned. Max was a respected firefighter, retiring as Captain of Communications EFD in 1990. Sadly, it was Max’s dearly loved role as a firefighter that ultimately contributed to his death.

He loved his children, his grandchildren, and his granddogs unconditionally. He was very proud that he lived long enough to also know and love his great grandchildren. He seemed immortal; his passing at ‘almost 92’ makes us realize that an era has ended, that we are not immortal, and that we must live each day as though it is our last. Dad taught us, in his last years, to find joy in small things, like the birds outside our window, and a good cup of coffee. His favorite poem was 'Desiderata': he loved its words and wisdoms – take time to read it, and think of him. “With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” And the next time you visit Tim’s, order a large coffee, two cream, one sugar, and remember Max. His children, Guy, Kevin, and Brenda with their families, will miss him greatly.

A private function will be held later this year for Max and Claudia, as they wished to be remembered together. Should you wish to memorialize Max, please consider a tribute to the Edmonton Firefighter Burn Treatment Society.

  1. I send my sincere condolences during this time of sorrow. The Bible gives a comforting hope that your loved one will soon live again in a peaceful paradise on the earth where death will be no more. (John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 21:4)

    • Thank you Gail

  2. So many memories for Barbie and I at Auntie and Uncles house. We new we were well loved by them. Hugs to you all. Jen

    • Thank you Jena

  3. Guy,Kevin,Brenda and families. I’m so sorry for your loss, I always thought of Uncle Max as a giant of a man from when I was a kid. Gruff like Grampa but an absolutely softie. I hope he is having the best golf game with Dad. I will remember him and Aunt Claudia with a special coffee next time I’m at Tim’s. May God watch over him. Rest in peace always

    • Thank you Cathy and Tim.

  4. Both Donna and I would like to express our deepest sympathies to Guy, Kevin and Brenda over the pasting of your father. I have always felt he was a gentle man that reflected the true qualities of pride, honour and dignity. I later learnt he spoke on my behalf with the Fire Chief securing my position with the department. I have many fond garage memories of your father with Bill Cromar. One particular memory your father spoke of had to do with the role unions played in raising the standard of living for all Canadian. The bond he had with his friends Lou and Roger was truly remarkable as he was able to move forward. You have been truly blessed having Max as your father.

    • Thank you so very much.

  5. In the many large Kinney/Kinnee family get togethers growing up, both Uncle Max and Auntie Claudia were always amongst my favourites.
    Brenda, Guy & Kevin, deepest condolences to you and your families.

    • Thank you very much Mike and Donna

  6. Guy, Kevin and Brenda,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of both of your parents in 2022. My father was Max’s brother, Ray, and although my parents divorced when I was very young, I have so many lovely memories of Uncle Max and Aunt Claudia. They always made me feel loved and accepted. I always thought that my Uncle Max was so handsome and wise. Aunt Claudia was gentle, kind and thoughtful. She always made sure to check in with me from time to time over the years to see how I was and share the latest Kinnee/Kinney news. Now they are together again in Heaven. Rest in Peace

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