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John Edward McKinstry

November 7, 1929 May 30, 2018
John Edward McKinstry
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Obituary for John Edward McKinstry

Poughkeepsie, NY

John Edward McKinstry, 88, of Hyde Park, NY since 1962, died on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, in the care and comfort of his family.  

Born on November 7, 1929, in Cornwall, NY, he was the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Bonnar McKinstry.  He married Joan McKenna at St. Joseph’s Church, Poughkeepsie, NY on May 5, 1962.  Joan predeceased him on September 23, 1990.  

John was a US NAVY reservist from 1946 to 1955.  He earned his BA in Physics from Marist College.  John worked at IBM, Poughkeepsie, NY, for 35 years.  He started as an Associate Engineer in the Quality Control Lab, later worked as a Physical Engineer and retired in 1990 as Engineering Manager.  

John was a communicant of Regina Coeli Roman Catholic Church, Hyde Park, NY, a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge # 275, Poughkeepsie, NY, Regina Coeli Golf League, a member of Marist Center for Lifetime Study, Town of Hyde Park Historical Society, and AARP.  

Surviving are a long-time and loving companion, Catherine Gregory of Hyde Park, NY, daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Duane Byrum, Hyde Park, NY, a son, Patrick McKinstry, Hyde Park, NY, a sister, Margaret Nazzarro, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, six adoring grandchildren, Michael Ryan, Alex and Zachary Byrum; and Nicholas, Christian and Mya McKinstry and many nieces and nephews.  

Friends and relatives may call from 1pm to 4pm Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., 4365 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 4, 2018, at 10 am at Regina Coeli Catholic Church, 2 Harvey Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, NY.  Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105, or online at  Condolences may be made to the family at

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1:00 PM 6/3/2018 1:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 6/3/2018 4:00:00 PM
Sweet's Funeral Home

Rte. 9
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Sweet's Funeral Home
Rte. 9 Hyde Park 12538 NY

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10:00 AM 6/4/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/4/2018 11:00:00 AM
Regina Coeli Church

2 Harvey Street
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Regina Coeli Church
2 Harvey Street Hyde Park 12538 NY

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Saint Joseph's Cemetery Final Resting Place

Poughkeepsie, NY

Poughkeepsie NY
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38105

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