Vincent Arthur McInnis
1922 – 2009

FARMINGTON — Vincent A. McInnis passed away peacefully on June 24, at Sandy River Center for Healthcare, where he had been a resident for the past few years, with his family by his side.
He was born on Jan. 3, 1922, in Fairfield, to Marcella (McCabe) and Allan McInnis. He was an only son brought up amongst five adoring sisters and hardworking immigrant parents from Prince Edward Island, Canada. He attended local schools and excelled at sports at Lawrence High School. He went on to school at Ithaca College, served his time honorably overseas in World War II, and graduated in 1950 a star athlete in football and baseball. The nickname “Stuffy” was generated during his Triple A baseball days and stayed with him throughout his life. He married Jean Marie Clemons from West Sullivan, on Dec. 27, 1951. They went on to have nine boisterous children who all continued on with his love of sports or outdoor activities in some way.

Education was his life-long calling. He was a physical education teacher and coach in the high schools of Jay, South Portland, and Waterville for many years. Former players from his early years still fondly call him “coach” when meeting him in public 50 years later.
He then transitioned into principalship, presiding over Anson and Wilton academies in the 1960s. The last chapter of his life teaching was spent working for the Department of Education in Augusta. Throughout his career, he remained active with the Maine State Principals Association, Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus, and as a Commissioner of Little League Baseball. More importantly, he stayed involved with all the activities of raising nine children successfully into adulthood.

He is survived by his wife, Jean McInnis; son, Marcus and wife, Maria; daughter, Kimberley and husband, Bruce Stinson; son, Jon; son, Allan and wife, Kiran; daughter, Maureen and husband, Bernard Predham; daughter, Kelly and husband, Mitch Hamilton; daughter, Meg and husband, Robert Kowolik; daughter, Kate and husband, Michael Richard; and son, Michael; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four surviving sisters, Lillian Macaluso, Millicent Cilley, Beatrice Bolduc and Bernice Quinlin.
A grateful thank you goes out to a special nephew, Kenny Sanders, who has cared after him tenderly in his declining years.

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