James Kinley

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J. James Kinley

29th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
June 23, 1994 – May 17, 2000
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralRay Hnatyshyn
Roméo LeBlanc
Adrienne Clarkson
PremierJohn Savage
Russell MacLellan
John Hamm
Preceded byLloyd Crouse
Succeeded byMyra Freeman
Personal details
Born(1925-09-23)23 September 1925
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Died1 May 2012(2012-05-01) (aged 86)
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Spouse(s)Grace Kinley
ProfessionProfessional Engineer, Businessman

John James Kinley, ONS CD (23 September 1925 – 1 May 2012) was a Canadian engineer, industrialist and the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia since confederation.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kinley was born in Lunenburg, the son of politician John James Kinley and Lila Evelyn Kinley (Young).[2]


Kinley was an engineering graduate of Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Technical College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has practiced professional engineering in business and the community for more than 50 years in executive positions at Lunenburg Foundry & Engineering Co. Ltd. and Lunenburg Marine Railway. He was the Honorary Chair for Life of the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, a former chair the Offshore Trade Association of Nova Scotia and a former director of the Canadian Foundry Association.

Kinley served in a number of military offices. He served in the Canadian Merchant Marine and Royal Canadian Navy and in Canada's Naval Reserve and Retired as Lieutenant Commander in 1958. He was a president of Branch #23, Royal Canadian Legion in Lunenburg, former president of the Navy League of Canada, Honorary Colonel of the #14 Airfield Engineering Squadron, Canadian Air Force and the West Nova Scotia Regiment. He was appointed the first Grand President of The Nova Scotia Command, Royal Canadian Legion.

Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia[edit]

Kinley was appointed by the Governor General, on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, in May 1994. He was installed at a public ceremony at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 23, 1994. He was sworn into office by Premier John Savage, Chief Justice Lorne Clarke and federal representatives for Governor General Ramon Hnatyshyn.


Kinley died at the age of 86 in Lunenburg.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kinley was a longtime resident of Lunenburg with his wife Grace Elizabeth (MacPherson) Kinley and have raised four children; Paula, Peter, Edward, Shona and are grandparents of eleven grandchildren.



  • Sir John Kennedy Medal; Engineering Institute of Canada
  • Centennial Gold Medal, 100 years of Tech, TUNS and Dalhousie University, 2007
  • Member of the Duke of Edinburgh's first Study Conference "Human Problems of Industrial Communities within the Commonwealth and Empire" Oxford in 1956, attended the 50th Anniversary Reunion at Buckingham Palace, London, May 2006.
  • Fellow Engineering Institute of Canada
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers
  • Fellow of Canadian Society of Engineers
  • Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Dalhousie University 1995
  • Grand Commander of the Royal Norwegian Medal of Honour
  • Knight of Grace, Knight of Justice and Vice Prior Order of Saint John of Jerusalem


Coat of arms of James Kinley
James Kinley Arms.svg
The arms of James Kinley consist of:[4]
Upon a helmet mantled Azure doubled Or within a wreath of these colours a beaver sejeant rampant Or armed Gules wearing a coronet erablé and holding between its forepaws a small stump Or issuant from tufts of grass Vert and sprouting two maple leaves Gules.
Argent a saltire Azure surmounted by an escutcheon Or charged with a Lunenburg schooner Azure sails Argent the whole between in chief an annulet Sable in fess two anchors also Sable the dexter fouled Or and in base a triple bladed propeller Sable garnished Or.
Dexter an osprey Argent beaked and membered Or armed Gules wearing a coronet Or set above alternately with maple leaves Gules and mayflowers proper sinister a dolphin Argent finned and tailed Or wearing a like coronet.
A grassy mound Vert set with mayflowers proper impaling waves of the sea Azure crested Argent.
Progress With Stability


  1. ^ "Former lieutenant-governor Kinley dies at 86 | The Chronicle Herald". Thechronicleherald.ca. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  2. ^ Obituary for The Honourable John James Kinley Sweenys Funeral Home
  3. ^ Former lieutenant-governor Kinley dies at 86 Halifax Chronicle Herald
  4. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume III), Ottawa, 1999

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