Robert A. Kinsley
1940 - 2020
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Robert A. Kinsley

York Twp. - Robert Allen Kinsley, of York Township, passed away peacefully at home on June-10, 2020 at 11:19 am. He was surrounded by his wife and family. He was the husband of Anne (Whalen) Kinsley.

Born on October 17, 1940, in Philadelphia, the son of the late Robert Wright Kinsley and the late Molly (Savin) Kinsley, he was a graduate of William Penn High School, and attended classes at York Junior College, Penn State York and the University of Baltimore. He received an Honorary Degree from York College of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Kinsley began his career in the construction industry directly after his high school graduation in 1958, working for C. Joseph Deller of Dallastown. By the early 1960's, he had established his own lawn grading business. By 1967, Kinsley Construction was incorporated and shortly after entered the general construction field. He and his wife, Anne, grew and shepherded their business and their family together. He was especially proud of their partnership growing the businesses with their five sons. He was known for his business mind, his quick wit and his unlimited energy. Mr. Kinsley continued working full time until his death. Under his leadership, the Kinsley family of companies grew to include construction management, general construction, specialty construction trades, real-estate development, property management, manufacturing and professional services. Mr. Kinsley strongly believed he owed his success to his employees and his community.

He served on numerous corporate boards including York Bank and Trust, Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co., D&E Communications Company and Ruscilli Construction Company. Mr. Kinsley was known equally for his business skills and as a champion for civic and community involvement. He was a founding member of the Agricultural and Industrial Museum of York County. He was also a board member of Better York, the York County Community Foundation, the York-Adam Area Boy Scout Council, Junior Achievement and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the York College of Pennsylvania, the chairman of the South George Street Partnership and chairman of the York County Industrial Development Authority.

Throughout his life, he was passionate about history and preservation. One of his proudest accomplishments was his founding and chairmanship of the Gettysburg Foundation and their work and partnership with the National Park Service to design and build a new museum and visitor center for the Gettysburg National Military Park. His leadership in Gettysburg has revolutionized the visitor experience and created a legacy to not only preserve the historic landscape but also to provide fitting education about the causes and consequences of the American Civil War for future generations of Americans.

Even though Mr. Kinsley spent his career building and developing, he felt a strong responsibility to land preservation. He was a founding member of the Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York County and felt proud to have preserved thousands of acres of land in southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.

In his personal life, Mr. Kinsley loved time in the fields and on the wooded trails of his farms; horseback riding, fishing and hunting. He will be remembered for his unfailing love for animals. He was honored to serve for many years as a Joint Master of the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kinsley is survived by sons, Patrick and his wife Carla, Jonathan and his wife Pamela, Christopher and his wife Jeri-Ann, Timothy and his wife Anne, and Robert and his wife Rebecca; eleven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Anne Wagner, Debra Cooper and Elizabeth Ricklefs. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marina Adams and his daughter-in law, Tina (Hess) Kinsley.

A private service will be held later this summer. Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 South George Street, York is in charge of arrangements.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Gettysburg Foundation, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg PA 17325; or York College of Pennsylvania, 441 Country Club Road, York PA 17403.

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Published in York Daily Record from Jun. 11 to Jun. 12, 2020.
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June 19, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Kinsley during this difficult time. I was so sorry to learn of his passing. His story of entrepreneurship was an inspiration for me and many others and I am glad to have met him. May his soul rest in peace.
Jeffrey Boschulte
Friend
June 16, 2020
So so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the Kinsley Family.
Christine Boll
Friend
June 15, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Anne, Rob, and the rest of the family. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to work with Bob on the Visitor Center and other projects in Gettysburg. Like many of the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg, he was a man guided by sheer determination, and a vision for a better country. His loss is an immense one for the region, but his legacies will live on.
Barbara Sanders and Scott Hartwig
June 15, 2020
When I met Bob Kinsley 35 years ago I was a "greenhorn" fresh out out of college, he was already a seasoned land developer yet he treated me respect and patience shepherding me through the project process with his down-toearth spirit and inspiring drive. Since then I've had the good fortune to have known each of his incredible sons as a co-worker, classmate, employee, consultant, and rival high school suitor. There's some interesting tales. Point is: Bob's influence and legacy runs deep from York to Baltimore and beyond where he has built a better world for so many. A small man in physical stature, Bob was a Giant in spirit, business, and philanthropy, Thank you Bob. Rest In Peace. Thoughts and prayers for
the family.
Dan Wise
Acquaintance
June 15, 2020
On behalf of all the employees of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, we wish to express our sincere condolences. Mr. Kinsleys dedication and passion for the parks is reflected in the great success of the Gettysburg Foundation for the parks. The National Park Service is forever grateful for a Museum and Visitor Center that provides a visitor with an experience that would not exist today without Mr. Kinsleys leadership. The parks museum collections and cyclorama are protected, and the visiting public has a facility to serve as a place for orientation, education and constructive dialogue. Thank you, Mr. Kinsley, you will be sincerely missed.
Gettysburg National Military Park & Eisenhower National Historic Site
Friend
June 14, 2020
Bob and I had a partnership in a land development project about 30 years ago. He was the finest partner anyone could have had. He will be missed by many . Sincere sympathies to the entire family. Kent and Nan Ness
Kent Ness
Friend
June 14, 2020
I knew Robbie most of my life. He was a sweet and caring man.
Veronica Urey Carter
Friend
June 14, 2020
Dear Ann and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We always admired Bob and thought and spoke of him often. We hope you and your family will get through this trying time. We have always believed that all people die twice. Once when they leave us and again went the last person on earth says their name. If this is true Bob will live forever.
Albert and Joan Boll
Friend
June 14, 2020
Bob Kinsley will always be remembered by the VanGiesens as a sincere, ethical, trustworthy businessman in whom we had total faith and trust. The community of York, Pennsylvania will honor this man, who was exemplary in everything he did. Rest In Peace and know that you are held in high esteem and will forever remain in our memory. Thoughts of sympathy and prayers gout to the entire Kinsley Family.
Peter and LInda VanGiesen
Peter and Linda VanGiesen
Friend
June 14, 2020
Dear Ann and sons,
So sorry to hear about Bob's passing, I have fond memories of Bob in Potter County.Sincerely,Roger Deller and family
Roger V Deller
June 13, 2020
m so saddened to hear of Bobs passing. I met Bob and Ann in the late 80s when I worked for Sipes. They were always such kind and friendly people. I remember seeing Bob at Smith Village lunch bar and hed always make sure to say hello and chat for a bit.
My deepest sympathy to Ann and the entire family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤
Ami Curley
Acquaintance
June 13, 2020
Mr. Kinsley was a customer of mine for many years. He would bring me all of his leather shoe, boot and tack work. What a gentleman and down to earth man!
J.R.'s Leather and Shoe Repair
Friend
June 13, 2020
Bob was an advisor at a challenging time in my business life. I greatly respected him. I want to express my sincere condolences to the entire Kinsley family.

Dennis Warner
Dennis Warner
June 13, 2020
We do not do Bob full justice if we simply focus on the dollar value, or quantity of the assets he had accumulated. While truely remarkable, even more has been garnered by much lesser men.
Rather, Bob was a man of the absolute highest qualities: Integrity, good taste, drive, charity and decency.

And he was committed to the loftiest standards of excellence in what he did.

His life and work set the Gold Standard.

Bob has now returned to his true element, which was the source of his preeminence. But, while no longer present physically among us, his accomplishments remain. Their superiority is there to inspire and guide us.

My deepest sympathy goes out to wife Anne and sons and sisters Anne, Debra and Liz.

Harry L McNeal Jr
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Harry L McNeal Jr
Friend
June 13, 2020
Bob was the one best boss I ever worked for fast walking and taking boss I ever had giving him the nickname of spider a.. Rest in peace my friend you can finally slow down.
Gerald Kirsch
Coworker
June 13, 2020
Bob once said to me, a man who makes no mistakes isn't a hard worker. I never forgot that, and I always looked up to him the entire time I worked for him. Rest in peace Bob, you won't be forgotten to be sure.
Nathan Miller
Coworker
June 12, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the entire Kinsley family. While he lived on Water street he was a wonderful neighbor. He was a born leader. The world has lost a true gem of a man. RIP dear Bob ❤
Brenda and Randy Snyder
Neighbor
June 12, 2020
My deepest condolences to the entire Kinsley family. Bob was an inspiration- the classic American success story. May he rest in peace.
Bruce Traggorth
Coworker
June 12, 2020
Rest in Peace Mr. Kinsley. To the Kinsley Family and Mrs Kinsley, I'm sorry for your loss. This is a huge loss for your family, the community, and so many individuals that Bob impacted and led. Yet his legacy lives on because of how he lived, why he lived, and the manner in which he lived. God Bless, Matt Falvey
Matthew Robert Falvey
June 12, 2020
A good man. Hardworking and direct. A man whose leadership was best displayed by the way he ran his business and lived his life. I only met Bob a couple of times but heard many tales of him from my mentor, Philip Bath. His part in both our community and the construction industry was a clear example for any to see. Rest in peace.
Michael Langlotz
Acquaintance
June 12, 2020
A humble gentleman and a pillar in the York Community.
My condolences to the Kinsley family.
Christopher C Eisenhart
Acquaintance
June 11, 2020
The world has lost a giant of a man. I always looked up to him and whenever I could hear him speak at a function I would attend.
Fantastic role model.
Marlin
Marlin Moul
June 11, 2020
A Prominent Leader , Rest Well
many memories, past co-worker
Rick Spealman
Acquaintance
June 11, 2020
Sadden to hear the news. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Bob. He was decent, honest, and an inspiration to all who knew him. You will be missed.
Laurie Bova
Acquaintance
June 11, 2020
Bob was one of the good guys.
Rest on peace you deserve it
Jerry Kirsch
Jolene Kirsch
Coworker
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