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Robert H. McKinney Jr.

1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Robert H. McKinney Jr. Obituary
ROBERT H. MCKINNEY JR., 90, OF POTTSTOWN Robert H. McKinney Jr. passed away on August 11, 2014, just a few days shy of his 90th birthday. He was a legend in Pottstown. Few people have done as much for this town as he has done. Bob was born in his parent's modest home in Barrington, NJ in 1924. He graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1941, and after attending Drexel University night school for a short time, Bob decided to serve his country by enlisting in the Marine Corps, serving honorably during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his return in 1946, he worked while returning to Drexel University to earn his B. S. It was during his time at Drexel that he connected with his life-long partner and wife, Doris, who survives him, also from Haddon Heights. They were married in 1947, while Doris worked at RCA in Camden, and Bob completed his undergraduate studies. Bob later attended the Fels Institute at University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, for his Masters of Government Administration. After serving as Borough Manager/Engineer in Downingtown, PA, Bob came to Pottstown in 1956 as Borough Manager. His attraction to local government was driven by his intense interest in engineering-involved municipal work. Bob knew since high school that he wanted to be an engineer. During his tenure in Pottstown as Borough Manager, he was involved in numerous municipal and community endeavors, including the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Tri-County Chamber of Commerce; The Hill School; Boy Scouts of America; Republican National Committee; Brookside Country Club, Trees Incorporated; The First Presbyterian Church and Montgomery County Industrial and Economic Development Committees, to name a few. He personally arranged for many political note worthies to visit Pottstown, including Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. He was a member of the Pottstown Elks, American Legion, the Pennsylvania Society and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was Commandant of the Manatawny Detachment of the United States Marine Corps, He left public service after 10 years as Pottstown's Borough Manager, to join Spring City Knitting Company as Executive Vice President from 1966-1971. During this time, Bob was also Executive Director of the Pottstown Firebirds, the semi-pro football farm team to the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1971 he formed his own Engineering Firm, McKinney Associates, focusing on design, construction and Inspection of commercial buildings, bridges, land development and sub Divisions. Bob also served during this time as President and Owner of McKinney-Xerox Copy Center, and President of Wastex Industries. McKinney's growing business interests led him to purchase the New York Plaza Building, formerly the New York Store, to house his expanding businesses. Bob was an avid golfer, serving as President and Board Member of Brookside Country Club during his 58 years in Pottstown. He has to his credit two Holes in One and one rare Double Eagle on a par 5 hole at Brookside. He represented Brookside for many years playing in the Bermuda Goodwill International Tournament. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris J. Titzck of Haddon Heights, N.J.; his two daughters, Deborah McKinney Mott, of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and Linda McKinney Felldin of Wyckoff, NJ; and three grandchildren, Lindsay A. Felldin, of Manhattan Beach, CA; Erin L. Felldin of Wyckoff N.J., and Adam R. Mott of Palos Verdes Estates, CA. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 15, at 3 p.m. at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin St, Pottstown. Interment is private. A visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in Bob's name be made to Eastern Christian Children's' Retreat, 700 Mountain Avenue, Wyckoff, N.J. (www.eccretreat.org)or c/o Delaware Valley Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. (www.alz.org) View obituaries or send condolences at www.Catagnusfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Mercury on Aug. 12, 2014
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