Wilbur C. Kinns


Wilbur C. Kinns, 95, passed away at Saratoga Hospital on Friday, June 1, 2018. Born in Ballston, May 7, 1923, Wilbur was the son of the late Merton and Etta Kinns. Wilbur and his late wife, Ruth, owned and operated Kinns’ Auto Service in Ballston Spa for 30 years. After retiring in 1978, Wilbur and Ruth split their time between their residences in New York and Florida until 2013, after which Wilbur stayed year-round at his home in Malta. Wilbur stayed active in his Malta community, where he had many friends, right up until his passing.

Wilbur served honorably in the United States Army Air Corps from 1943-1946. On returning from duty he began his career repairing and servicing automobiles. Wilbur was known throughout the community as an upstanding business owner; one who took pride in providing the best service in a cost effective and timely manner. He enjoyed and took pride in being a longstanding member of Lions Club International and in 1964-65 he served as president of the Ballston Spa Lions Club. He was extremely honored at becoming a Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow in 2015. He was a life-long member of Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and a former board member of Briggs Cemetery Association.

Wilbur was predeceased by his wife Ruth, and his sisters Bea, Reba and Pearl. He is survived by his daughters Joyce (Lou) D’Ambrosi and Judy (Noel) Beninati, his grandchildren Steven (Heather) D’Ambrosi, Michael D’Ambrosi and Genevieve (Maria) Beninati, a great grandson Parker D’Ambrosi, his sister-in-law Shirley A. Hayes and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc, 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in Briggs Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, June 8 from 4-7 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wilbur may be made to Briggs Cemetery Association, 32 Glenmore Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Guest Book

Tracy Swartz

My heartfelt condolences to Joyce, Judy, & the whole family. While I didn't know your dad long, it was a pleasure & honor to have spent time with him, listening to his life story & hearing stories from when he was a young boy through adulthood, his military service, his life with Ruth, his family & his businesses. Rest easy Wilbur. We'll have Manhattans when I see you on the other side. XOXO

Doris & Laura Principe

We are sorry for your loss, and will miss Wilbur. His smile was infectious, and you couldn't help but be happy after talking to him. N.E.A.T. events will not be the same without him.
Doris & Laura Principe

Debbie Cassidy

Wilber, will be greatly miss by all at N.E.A.T. He was truly a wonderful man. I will always think of him and smile. May, God Bless Him and send him home to rest in peace with Ruth. I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie Cassidy