On April 6, 2022, at the age of 93, Donald Doyle McKinnon passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. Born May 5, 1928 in Toronto, ON, Canada, the son of Allan McKinnon and Carmel Doyle McKinnon, he spent his formative years in local Catholic schools and developed a passion for the sport, becoming a outstanding hockey. After a brief stint in semi-professional hockey, Mr. McKinnon began refereeing and has refereed many youngsters in college games.
Mr. McKinnon moved to the United States in 1960 and married Jenifer Darcy. The couple settled in Durham, NH and had 3 sons; Donald Jr., Michael and James, aka“Jamie”. Mr McKinnon joined the Darcy family carpentry business and later joined Northeast Millwork. Mr. McKinnon then joined Therma-Tru Corporation as a salesperson and eventually served as National Sales Manager. After retiring from Therma-Tru, Mr. McKinnon founded the Shoreline Group, bringing premium lines of millwork and building materials to the retail community. He has also been a headhunter and industry consultant, helping with business initiatives in China.
In 1993 Mr McKinnon married Earleene “Ashley” Finucan. The couple resided in Cape Neddick for many years and later moved to St. Andrews, NB, Canada. In 2011 they moved back to the United States and after Ashely passed away he settled in Portsmouth, NH. Mr. McKinnon spent the year of his death under the loving care of his son Jaimie and his wife Robin in Effingham, NH.
Throughout his distinguished business career, Mr. McKinnon also continued his side career as a hockey referee, officiating over 200 college games, including 5 championships. In 2018, he was inducted into the NH Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame for his distinguished service to the game. A more detailed account of his hockey career can be viewed online at https://nhlegendsofhockey.com/people/don- mckinnon/.
In the 1980s, Mr. McKinnon was instrumental in establishing the Oyster River Youth Association, which provided youth in his community with much-needed athletic opportunities. The association has been in existence for over 40 years and currently serves the communities of Durham, Lee and Madbury, has over 200 parent volunteers and serves over 2,000 young athletes through 40 unique sports programs each year including hockey, baseball and ultimate frisbee.
Mr. McKinnon was also active in Alcoholics Anonymous where he not only found comfort and healing for himself, but also helped change many lives, serving as a godfather to several wealthy individuals.
Mr. McKinnon was an avid sportsman with a special love for hockey, golf and boating. He and Ashley were members of the Cape Neddick CC in Maine, the Algonquin Club and the St. Andrews Yacht Club in New Brunswick, Canada. He was an avid reader and sun worshiper known for his movie star tan, smart clothes and dashing good looks. He cultivated a vast network of friends and business partners and always managed to find time for everyone. He was a person of exceptional generosity, kindness and humility. Above all, Mr. McKinnon was a devoted man to his family and friends, he was very much loved by all. We are eternally grateful for his presence in our lives.
Mr McKinnon was predeceased by his first wife, Jenifer, his son, Michael, his wife, Ashley and his stepson, Richard “Grindstone” Finucan.
He is survived by his son Donald Jr. and his wife Donna, and his grandson, Cameron McKinnon, his son Jamie, his wife Robin Pond and his grandsons, Emmett and Rhys McKinnon, his grandson Connor Finucan ( of Richard), his stepson Michael Finucan, his wife Holly and his granddaughters Emma. and Evelyn Finucan.
Memorial services for Mr. McKinnon will be held April 30, 2022 at 1 p.m. at the Lord Funeral Home in Wolfeboro, NH. (https://www.lordfuneralhome.com) The family is also planning a celebration and remembrance to be held at Cape Neddick CC, Cape Neddick, ME in the summer of 2022 with a date to be announced shortly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in Mr. McKinnon’s name be made to the Oyster River Youth Association. (https://oryarec.org).