Willis Kinsman

Obituary of Willis Clifton Kinsman

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At the age of 94, Willis Clifton Kinsman passed away at Mountain Lea Lodge on October 23, 2021.

Born in Welsford, Kings County, he was the son of Arthur and Gladys Kinsman.  Willis is predeceased by his wife Francis.  He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth (Betty) Stewart (Robert) of London, Ontario and Lynn Winter (Ken) of Bridgetown as well as his sister Margaret Bentley of Ottawa.  He was “Grampy” to Brent, Nicole, Erica, Mark, Adam and Jessica as well as Great Grampy to Cohen, Shay, Paige and Amelia.  He is also survived by his stepchildren Robert and Shirley Demurs.

Willis graduated from Horton Academy.  He was employed as Secretary-Treasurer for Acadian Distillers, in Bridgetown for many years. After leaving Acadian Distillers, he was employed with Aerovox Canada Limited in Amherst and later retired as Controller for Genu Products Limited in Pubnico.

Willis was a member of the West Nova Scotia Regimental Band before transferring to the Royal Canadian Army Pay Corp.  He received the Canadian Forces Declaration as a Civil Defense Communications Officer.

Willis was an active Ham Radio Operator from 1951 with call number VEIXY.  While living in Bridgetown, he was a charter member and president of the Bridgetown Lions Club, member and past President of the Board of Trade, as well as a Member of the Bridgetown Curling Club and Eden Golf Course.

Willis had a keen interest in the restoration of antique and special interest cars.  His pride and joy was his 1940 Ford Convertible.  He became an honorary member of the Roaring 20’s Antique Auto Club in Yarmouth and a member of the Annapolis Valley Cruisers Car Club.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mountain Lea Lodge for the wonderful care they provided him.

Cremation has taken place and there will be an interment at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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