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    2011-08-27 Worcester Fire Chief James Vincent McKiernan Retired

    James Vincent McKiernan, 92, passed away at his beloved home which he shared with Robert L. Bruno, his lifetime partner of 43 years, at his bedside.

    Born on April 24, 1919 in Worcester, MA, Jim was the youngest child of the late John McKiernan and Elizabeth (Lavin) McKiernan.

    Jim was a graduate of Classical High School in Worcester, Class of 1936.

    He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1942 until his Honorable Discharge in 1946. He was the recipient of the Silver Medal for Heroism, which was presented to him by Massachusetts Governor Tobin at the Boston Armory in 1946.

    After serving in the Coast Guard, Jim worked as a Worcester Firefighter for 32 years retiring as Deputy Chief. During that time, he received a Baccalaureate Degree in Fire Science Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, specializing in the transportation of hazardous materials. He was employed by the National Fire Protection Association in Quincy, MA, for over 10 years as a Hazardous Transportation Specialist. This job took him to Saudi Arabia, England, Columbia, British Columbia and many other parts of the world.

    He was a member of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Queensbury.

    Jim was an avid golfer and was a former member of the Hiland Golf Club and Glens Falls Country Club. He has a strong affection for politics and enjoyed reading The New York Times daily.

    Besides his parents Jim was predeceased by his brothers, John McKiernan, George McKiernan, William McKiernan, and a sister, Margaret McKiernan Ford.

    Jim's survivors include Robert L. Bruno, and three generations of nieces and nephews.

    Calling hours are on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester.

    The funeral will be Thursday, Sept. 1, from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Bernard's Church, 228 Lincoln St., Worcester. Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the World Awareness Children's Museum, 89 Warren St., Glens Falls, NY 12801 or the Firefighters Local 1009 Scholarship Fund, 625 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602.


    Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on August 30, 2011

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    Worcester Fire Drill School 1972

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