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Lewis "Lew" Porter Howard Kinsey

June 2, 1934 March 9, 2019
Lewis "Lew" Porter Howard Kinsey
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Lewis “Lew” Porter Howard Kinsey of Kennett Square, PA (84 years old) went to be with his beloved wife Rosemary (pre-deceased Dec 3, 2018) and his King, Lord and Savior on March 9, 2019. Lew fought a courageous battle with congestive heart failure. He was a Military Police officer in the United States Army’s 101’st Airborne division Korea Pusan from 1955 to 1957. He then began a corporate career at American Express in the travelers check division. He worked there for over 25 years and was loved by all, especially his customers. He was a very active member of The Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square as a Deacon and Trustee. He served there for over 40 years. He was also a Rotary member in Kennett Square, PA for over 2 decades.

Post retirement, Lew worked in the hardware industry at Pyle’s, ACE Brandywine Hardware and finally at M.S. Yearsley’s. Lew always loved playing Santa Clause at M.S.Yearsley’s during the Christmas season. He volunteered at Longwood Gardens and especially loved to run their model trains during the holidays, as it brought much joy to the young children and families that would visit. He loved his antique John Deere B tractor. He would ride it in parades and show it whenever he could at local fairs. Lew’s greatest hobby was working outdoors. Growing up on a farm helped him develop this hobby, and he would later apply this hard work ethic to his 4 acres of land on Sills Mill Road in which he would spend much of his time keeping the “ranch”, as he called it, looking sharp.

Lew was born in Darby, PA on June 2, 1934 to Howard and Edith Kinsey (Skull). He grew up on Wit’s End Farm in Downingtown, which is now where the Whitford Country Club resides. He graduated from Downingtown High School, home of the Whippets, in 1955. After serving in Korea he moved to Alexandria, VA with his parents where he worked in Washington, DC for American Express. He met the love of his life in Washington, DC through the introduction of an elevator operator that felt that the two greatest people she knew in the building should meet. The match-making was a success and they were married on November 21, 1959. Lew and Rosemary celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary this past November.

He is survived by his daughter, Tish Copeland (Jason), his son, Stockton Kinsey (Tina), and four grandchildren: Tori Himelstein, Anna Himelstein, Joshua Kinsey, and Blake Kinsey.

Services will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 at The Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square (PCKS), 211 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square, PA. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. The interment will be at Union Hill Cemetery, 424 N. Union Street, Kennett Square, PA. A reception will immediately follow the interment. All are invited for lunch and fellowship at PCKS in the Gilmore Room.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Water For Life which is an organization that digs clean water wells in third world countries.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Oxford, PA. On-line condolences may be made at

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10:00 AM 3/16/2019 10:00:00 AM
Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square

211 South Broad Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

visitation from 9 - 10:00 am

Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square
211 South Broad Street Kennett Square 19348 PA
United States

Cemetery Details


Union Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

424 N Union Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

424 N Union Street Kennett Square 19348 PA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Water for Life


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