Leslie A. McKay

Oct 31, 2018
Leslie McKay

Camden — Leslie Anne McKay, loving wife, mother of four children, and grandmother of five, passed away at the age of 76 Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018..

Leslie was born Sep. 12, 1942, in New York City to Richard and Anita (Long) Kinney. She graduated from Hampton Bays High School in 1960 and began working at the Suffolk County Courthouse in New York. Leslie Kinney applied for a part-time job at Suffolk Life News in Riverhead, N.Y., and was interviewed by John McKay, who declined to hire her so he could ask her out on a date. They were married Feb. 3, 1968, at St. Rosalie Catholic Church in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and raised four children together before moving the family to Maine in 1984. Leslie managed her own business and worked in customer service, but her most important and satisfying job was raising her children and caring for her grandchildren.

Service was an important part of Leslie McKay’s life. She served as a Girl Scout troop leader for her children, was president of the Camden Women’s Club, a eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Good Hope, and secretary of the Camden Lions Club. Leslie’s work ethic, infectious laugh, creativity and attention to detail were gifts that many enjoyed.

Leslie was a creative artist, crafter and baker, known for her classy holiday decorations, award-winning Halloween costumes, New York cheesecake, and love of classical music. She learned to plan a good prank from her brother, Richard, and particularly enjoyed making her dear friends laugh. Leslie was fascinated by science and medicine and was passionate about penguins. She loved the outdoors and the ocean, and could often be found on the water with friends or visiting Peaks Island and Pemaquid Point.

Leslie was preceded in death by her mother, Anita Kinney; her father, Richard Kinney Sr.; her brother, Richard Kinney Jr. and her son-in-law, Shane Richardson. She is survived by her husband, John McKay; their four children, Jason McKay and Kat Currie of Albuquerque, N.M., Jane Richardson of South Thomaston, Paulette and Ben Mastio of Albuquerque, N.M. and Anne and Phil Fensie of Northport; her grandchildren, Aidan, Liam and Mila Fensie, Cassandra and Alyssa McKay; a great-granddaughter; her sister, Bernadette Bourne; and several cousins, nephews, a niece, and a large family of in-laws.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m., with prayers at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. The funeral Mass, followed by a reception, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday Nov. 3, at Our Lady of Good Hope, 11 Union St., Camden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Leslie McKay’s name to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. The family is very grateful for the support and care Leslie received at Knox Center’s Memory Care unit, Pen Bay Medical Center and the Sussman House. Condolences may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com.

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