James Kinley

For his father, also Canadian politician, see John James Kinley.
The Honourable
J. James Kinley
29th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
June 23, 1994  May 17, 2000
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn
Roméo LeBlanc
Adrienne Clarkson
Premier John Savage
Russell MacLellan
John Hamm
Preceded by Lloyd Crouse
Succeeded by Myra Freeman
Personal details
Born (1925-09-23)23 September 1925
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Died 1 May 2012(2012-05-01) (aged 86)
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Spouse(s) Grace Kinley
Profession Professional 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

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

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

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.




  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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