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In Memoriam: Passing of James "Jim" Kinnier

It is with sadness that Archbishop Molloy High School shares the passing of Mr. James “Jim” Kinnier on June 29, 2022. Mr. Kinnier was a beloved member of the Molloy community for over 61 years.

Arriving at Molloy in 1961, Mr. Kinnier served in the social studies department for over 28 years. He treated his students with great respect, while his animated lessons made him a favorite among several generations of Stanners. Many of Mr. Kinnier's students also fondly remember the geology field trips he co-led as well as his time as a Driver's Ed instructor.

In the late 1980s, the Marist Brothers asked Mr. Kinnier to assume a development position in the Alumni Association – a role he happily fulfilled with great enthusiasm until his retirement in 1998. Throughout his retirement, Mr. Kinnier remained involved as a volunteer, lending his time and energy to ensure the success of Molloy events, particularly its annual alumni golf tournament. Mr. Kinnier forged meaningful, lasting relationships with countless alumni.

In 1987, Mr. Kinnier was one of several teachers who accompanied a group of Molloy alumni for a friendly round of golf. What began as a small, informal gathering at one golf course has since grown into a beloved annual tradition that has spanned 36 years and as many as four golf courses. The Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic has raised over $3 million dollars for Molloy’s scholarship program, while the Jim Kinnier Scholarship has given many students the opportunity to thrive at Molloy. Mr. Kinnier never missed a Stanner Golf Classic, and he had proudly attended the event as recently as May 2022.

Beyond his significant contributions to Molloy, Mr. Kinnier was a wonderful person. He was intelligent, caring, funny, he loved to talk Mets baseball, and he was a loyal friend to so many in our community. Please join us in prayer for Mr. Kinnier, his wife Elizabeth, his sons James Kinnier Jr. ’81 and Andrew Kinnier '83, and the entire Kinnier family during this difficult time.

Arrangements for Mr. Kinnier have been shared below.



Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home

825 Main Street

Holbrook, NY 11741

2:00pm - 4:00pm and 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Prayer Service

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home

825 Main Street

Holbrook, NY 11741



Funeral Mass

Wednesday, July 6, 2022


St. Frances Cabrini Church

134 Middle Country Road

Coram, NY 11727


Burial at St. Charles Cemetery to follow.


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