After retiring from the reserve in 1959 as lieutenant-commander, he served in various capacities with the NAVY LEAGUE OF CANADA, including a term as president in 1980-81 and many years as a member of the National Advisory Board. He was the director of the Maritime Provinces Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. He was a founding member, President, and Chairman of the Offshore Trade Association of Nova Scotia, founding Director of the Canadian Foundry Association, the first Chair of the Bluenose Atlantic Coastal Action Program. Widely respected for his community work and involvement in a number of environmental activities, Kinley was a popular choice to succeed Lloyd CROUSE as lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia. He served as Nova Scotia's 29th lieutenant-governor 1994-2000.
Kinley was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and was appointed as a member of the Order of Nova Scotia in 2002.
Links to Other Sites
Former N.S. Lt.-Gov. John James Kinley dead at 86
An obituary for John James Kinley, former lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia. from globalmaritimes.com.
Lieutenant Governors of the Province of Nova Scotia
See brief images of previous Lieutenant Governors of the Province of Nova Scotia since Confederation. From the website for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.