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David W. Kinney, Falls police lieutenant

Dec. 25, 1965 – May 22, 2014

Niagara Falls Police Lieutenant David W. Kinney, who was well known throughout the community for coaching youth sports, died Thursday. He was 48.

Born on Christmas Day in Sacramento, Calif., Lt. Kinney eventually moved to his parents’ native city of Niagara Falls, where he attended the former Trott Vocational High School.

After he graduated in 1984, he went on to work for the New York State Parks, the Bridge Commission and Carborundum. He spent 19 years with the Niagara Falls Police Department.

Lt. Kinney was involved in community organizations, including the Niagara County Judges and Police Association and the Knights of Columbus.

He was also a sports lover, and especially enjoyed playing softball with family and the Niagara Falls Police Team. He was involved in coaching local youth football teams, including those with Cataract Little Loop, Niagara Falls High School and in Sweet Home.

Lt. Kinney had a number of other hobbies, including restoring his 1923 T-Bucket, hunting at a property he and his family constructed in Fillmore, collecting Star Wars memorabilia, bowling and the annual Police Department Tug-of-War competitions.

In addition to his parents, David L. and Sandra M., Kinney is survived by his wife, the former Dawn Panepinto; four sons, Adam, Mitchell, Jordan and Ryan; two stepchildren, Alyssa Carella and Rocco Panepinto; two brothers, Joseph and John; and two granddaughters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Raphael’s Church, 3840 Macklem Ave., Niagara Falls.

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