Joseph Allen McKinnon, III
NASHUA, N.H. – Joseph McKinnon (Al) passed away on Tuesday, June 5, at his home, surrounded by his family. Al was born on July 21, 1932 in Quincy, MA. He was the only child of Joseph Allen McKinnon, Jr. and Evaline Scott McKinnon. His education was in the Weymouth School District, Norfolk, County Agricultural School and he graduated from Wentworth Institute in 1962. He was a Construction Engineer and incredible carpenter. He happily worked in the Construction Industry for over 60 years. He was everything from a Superintendent to the President of his own company, Delcon Corporation in Hudson, NH. Al worked for McLean Construction for many years and started M.M. Hertage Consulting in Nashua where he worked until he was 83.
For many years he was a member of the Orphan’s Hope Lodge AF & M in Weymouth, MA and Aleppo Temple in Boston, MA, where he became a Past Eminent Commander of the South Shore Commandery #31, Knights Templar in Weymouth where his also served as Treasurer. Al was a member of the Grand Commandery Exemplification team of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Scouting was very important to Al. He served as a committee member and Scout Master for Troop #102 in Pembroke, MA. There are many fine young men doing well today, in part, due to Al’s time and commitment to Scouting. Al’s son and two grandsons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Al himself received the Broken Arrow award from Queen Elizabeth for his devotion to Scouting.
Al was very proud of his time, in the 1950s, to serve his country as a United States Marine. He loved to say “Once a marine, always a marine.”
He had a passion for bird hunting and fly fishing. He raised and trained Spaniels, He was responsible for the formation of the Massachusetts Springer Spaniel Association where he spent several years as President and managing field trials. In later years he was the proud owner of 2 Golden Retrievers, Molly and Katie. Al was rarely seen without his beloved dogs.
Al spent several years as Chairman of Ducks Unlimited in Nashua, NH. He was a member of the Miramichi River Salmon Club in New Brunswick, Canada. His love of Salmon fishing brought him to Doaktown, Canada for many April fishing trips with his many beloved buddies, where he could be seen enjoying a rare scotch and a fine cigar at the end of the day. He was a fortunate man to have had so many wonderful fishing and hunting friends. He loved them all.
Al leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Margaret Hamilton McKinnon and their 4 children; Duncan Stewart and his wife Robin of Monroe, CT, Douglas Scott and his wife Rose of Oxford, CT, Daniel Stephen and his wife Julie of Costa Mesa, CA and Charlie Hamilton and his partner Julie of Amherst, NH. He had 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Vicki Hamilton Peringer in 2003. Al loved his family with his whole heart and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He lived a full and happy life where he and his wife Peggy traveled extensively.
Services; There will be no services or calling hours. There will be a celebration of Al’s wonderful life, with family and friends, at a later date. We ask that you remember Al fondly and with happy memories.