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William E. McKinley


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William E. McKinley Obituary
William E. McKinley, 89
SCARBOROUGH - Justice William E. McKinley passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015, at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough. He was born on April 9, 1926, in Portland, to George and Bessie McKinley. A lifelong resident of Maine, Bill was a WWII veteran, former federal prosecutor, practicing attorney, and Superior Court Justice who devoted most of his professional life to the service of his country, his state, and his community.
Immediately after graduating from Portland High School, Bill enlisted in the United States Army, where he served in the Philippines, and then in Japan as part of the Allied occupation under General MacArthur.
After returning home from Japan, he graduated from Portland Junior College and Boston University School of Law. After law school he returned to Portland and married the former Muriel McReynolds.
Early in his legal career, Bill served for several years as the Assistant United States Attorney for Maine under the Kennedy administration and as Acting United States Attorney for Maine under the Johnson administration. After leaving the U.S. Attorney's office, he established a law firm with Dana W. Childs. During that time he was active in state and national politics, and also served on the Portland School Committee and as Chairman of the Maine Land Damage Board.
In 1979, Bill was appointed to serve as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court, where he served for 18 years, including his service as an Active Retired Justice.
In addition to being a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Bill was an avid golfer. He was a longtime member of the Portland Country Club, where he served on the Board of Governors. He played with the same golfing foursome throughout most of his adult life.
Bill was also passionate about traveling. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, and in later years wintered in Marco Island, Fla., and St. Simons Island, Ga. His passion for travel continued through the last years of his life. In the last few years he had two wonderful cruises with his three children. The first was to the Mediterranean, the second was to Alaska, where he fulfilled his wish to see Mt. McKinley.
Bill was predeceased by his parents; his sister Anna Lord; and his wife of 55 years, Muriel. Bill leaves three devoted children and their spouses, Deborah and her husband Daniel Barrett of Cape Elizabeth, William K. McKinley and his wife Paula of Portland, and Julie and her husband Tony Armstrong of Cape Elizabeth. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, Mark Barrett of Philadelphia, Karyn Barrett of Cape Elizabeth, Kent McKinley of Portland, Blaire McKinley of Stamford, Conn., and Alex and Abby Armstrong of Cape Elizabeth.
Bill spent his last year at the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough. His family wishes to thank all of the dedicated professionals there for the care, respect and dignity they gave him, and for their support to the family.
Relatives and friends may call at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Friday from 4-6 pm. A private graveside service will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Cape Elizabeth. Please visit www.jonesrichhutchins.com for further information and to sign Bill's guestbook.







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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from June 3 to June 4, 2015
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