Obituary of Thomas A. Kinne Sr.

Tom Kinne obit

Thomas A. Kinne Sr., 81 of Great Barrington died Friday, July 2, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born in Great Barrington on May 8, 1940 son of Robert H. and Edith C. (Chenot) Kinne. Tom attended the former Searles High School where he played basketball and baseball, Berkshire School where he played football, baseball and basketball and after went on to UMass where he played on the golf team. He earned his Masters at Kearney State College in Nebraska.  Tom retired as a Guidance Counselor at Monument Mountain.  He was a lifelong member of Wyantenuck Country Club where he served as President, on the Board of Governors, and on many committees and was Club Champion. Tom coached for over fifty years at Searles, Monument Mountain and Mount Everett High School; coaching girls’ soccer, basketball and softball and boys’ soccer, basketball and baseball. He was elected to the Monument Mountain High School Hall of Fame as a Coach and an Athlete. His greatest love of coaching was seeing his past players grow and mature into amazing young men and women. His teams won several Western Mass Championships in all sports and State Championships in boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball. All the wins and losses didn’t matter, it was teaching the life lessons to his players that did. Tom was a fan of the Red Sox, New York Giants and the New England Patriots and his favorite past time was his love of golf and spending time with his family. Tom is survived by his wife Marjorie (Kellogg) Kinne whom he married on January 19, 1963, two sons, Thomas A. Kinne Jr and wife Danielle of Lee and Christopher Kinne and wife Mary of Lee, two daughters, Marie Ryan and husband Tim of Housatonic and Susan Beacco and husband Kip of Housatonic, three brothers, his twin Michael J. Kinne of Great Barrington, Peter J. Kinne of Sheffield and “best friend” Eugene A. Kinne of Stockbridge, one sister, Donna E. Kinne of Alford and ten grandchildren, Erin, Kaitlyn, Jack, Carlin, Grayson, Meghan, Abbey, Colin, Jake and Matt. Tom was predeceased by his sister, Roberta “Bobbie” Raspuzzi. Tom’s family would like to thank Jamie, Audrey and Trisha at Hospice and caregiver Debbie for their care and support.

Funeral Services for Thomas A. Kinne Sr. will be held on Thursday, July 8 at 10:00 AM with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Church in Great Barrington with Reverend William P. Murphy Pastor officiating. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 7 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South St., Great Barrington MA 01230. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Tom’s memory may be made to either Hospice Care in the Berkshires or St. Peter’s Church Building Fund in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.

11 Responses to Obituary of Thomas A. Kinne Sr.

  1. Tom kinne was my guidance counselor and a great one at that. I want send my condolences to his family.

    • My condolences to Marge and family.
      Tom was a giving person, and was very
      helpful to me during my time as golf
      professional at Wyantenuck.
      May he Rest In Peace.
      Dennis Perrone PGA

    • My condolences to Marge and
      the Kinne family. Tom was a
      giving person and very helpful to
      me during my time as golf professional
      at Wyantenuck
      May he Rest In Peace
      Dennis Perrone’s PGA

  2. As the Kinne family knows, Tom was beloved by the young men he coached, and my brother Alan was one of them. I don’t know if there’s beer in heaven, but I’d love to think of Tom and Alan kicking back and catching up on the years between. I can’t tell you how much it meant to Alan when you let me take a picture of Tom and Marjie waving to him when he was so ill. My sincere condolences to you, Marjie, and your wonderful family. I know Tom is resting in glory.

  3. Dear Kinne Family,

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I had the pleasure of being a colleague for almost 30 years. He was a legendary coach and beloved by so many.

    May he be of blessed memory.

    Bob Salzman

  4. Dear Kinne Family,

    The Wagner family sends heartfelt sympathy to all. We lived in Stockbridge for nine years and Tom was a coach and guidance counselor for at least 3 out of 4 of my children. Tom’s daughter, Marie, was our babysitter for a few years. We were very fond of her. Sending big hugs to Marie and all the Kinnes. May he be at peace.
    Terry

  5. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your wonderful husband and father. May the love you shared and the fond memories you hold within your heart comfort you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  6. Dear Kinne Family,

    We were sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Playing junior and high school golf with Tom and Mike was always a pleasure. Tom will be missed by the golfing community.

    Take Care,
    John and Peter Wells and Family

  7. Dear Kinne Family, I was very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a tremendous role model and left his mark on so many of us. The Earth lost a very special man, but heaven gained an angel. He has left quite a legacy. I was honored to grow up knowing him and having him in my life. You all have a very special family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless, Christina Briggs (LeBlanc)

  8. Dear Kinne Family,
    I spent my entire 34 year teaching career at Monument. The longer work in a teamwork setting the more you appreciate the impact that others have on the people around them. Tom was clearly one of those who brought out the best in us . The hallmark of a Tom Kinne Team, regardless of its won/ loss record, was that the team improved as a team from the beginning to the end.. Really respected him as a coach a colleague. So sorry for for your loss.
    Bllessings to you all
    Chuck Hamilton

  9. Mr. Kinne was a wonderful man and positive influence for all High School students. All my love and condolences to the Kinne Family.

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