Kenneth Kinkor

Kenneth Kinkor has set sail on the bounty main after passing away suddenly on Friday June 7, 2013 (or answered the call from Davey Jones Locker). Ken was born to his proud parents on the 26th of January in the year of 1954. He was preceded in death by both is parents, Norman (1982) and Clementine (2013); his grandparents Joe and Mary Kinkor and Victor and Clara Schmitt; his 3 uncles, Don and Clifford Kinkor and Florian Schmitt. Ken is survived by his best friend and wife of 17 years, Marti Ward. He is also survived by his brothers, Ron, Roger and Randy, his sister, Karen Kay, nephews Michael, Christopher, Mitchel, Mackie and Benjamin as well as numerous 1st cousins. Ken graduated from South Winneshiek Community High School in 1972. He participated in many school clubs, but enjoyed acting in school plays the most. He was a graduate (class of 1976) from Loras College. He also attended Universities of Iowa and Illinois. Ken was a piratetologist/historian. His love of maritime history and the golden age of piracy led him to leave his mid-western home and move to Cape Cod, MA in 1986. There he joined the company of Barry Clifford, who had discovered the wreck of the Whydah, the 1st documented sunken pirate ship off the coast of Cape Cod. Ken spent the rest of his days doing the work that he loved. He made several national television appearances as an expert in his field on programs featured on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and other networks. He was also the co-author of numerous articles in national publications and important books as well as the historical consultant for producer Gale Anne Hurd. Ken was a writer, a fisherman and a great cook. At the time of his untimely passing he was involved with renowned screen writer, Richard Outten and Mr. Clifford in writing a fictional pirate trilogy in which he was characterized. Mr. Kinkor was also the primary historical consultant for National Geographics traveling exhibit Real Pirates as well as the historian for Cape Cods Whydah Museum and numerous other worldwide Pirate exhibitions. Kens genius is only surpassed by the gentle kindness and selfless devotion he showed to his family and teammates. Words could never describe how much he will be missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date. For online guest book please visit

Funeral Home

Nickerson Funeral Home
77 Eldredge Park Way Orleans, MA 02653
(508) 255-0259

Published in The Cape Codder from June 11 to June 18, 2013