Ernest J. “EJ / Ernie” McKinley Jr.

January 19, 2020

Ernest J. “EJ / Ernie” McKinley Jr.

Ernest J “EJ/Ernie” McKinley  –  of Londonderry, NH formerly of Woburn at his home Sunday, January 19th. Devoted son of Ernest J. and Jeanne M. (Flynn) McKinley.  The beloved husband of Robin M. (Lundergan) McKinley, he was just fifty-one years of age.  Cherished father of Donald C. Kornse of Durham, NH,  Brendan P. McKinley and Aidan J. McKinley, both of Londonderry, NH.  Loving brother of Jeanne Popoloski, her husband Thomas and Michelle E. Murphy, her husband William of Woburn. Adored son – in – law of Gloria and Gordon Brown.  Also Ernie is survived by his many loving, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, January 25th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Friday evening 4-8 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Ernie to the St. Judes’ Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN.

Ernest J. “Ernie/EJ” McKinley, passed away at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH on Sunday, January 19th, after being diagnosed with a Glioblastoma, brain tumor, just one year prior. The beloved husband of Robin (Lundergan) McKinley, he was just fifty-one years of age.

Born in Everett, Ernie was raised and educated in the South End of Woburn, graduating from Woburn High School along with the Class of 1987.

While growing up Ernie was quite active in the athletics. He enjoyed the Pop Warner leagues in baseball and football in the city. Once he learned about boxing, that’s where his focus was throughout high school. His father was a boxer as well when he was younger and became Ernies coach. He trained him well and Ernie won the junior Olympics for boxing!

Fishing and hunting with his Dad, began when he was ten years old and has continued right up to last fall. It was a special time for them to spend together, catch up with each other in life and continue to strengthen the bond they had as father and son. It was more to spend time in the woods for Ernie and to please his wife he never killed anything, even when he had the chance!

Ernie’s’ relationship with both his parents was very special, always remaining very watchful and in contact with them, stopping bye weekly, Ernie was always checking in on his mother whom he truly cherished and adored. 

In 2001 EJ was introduced to his future wife at a New Year’s Eve party, by his good friend. They both “just knew right away” and were inseparable ever since. It was like meeting someone for the first time that you felt like you always knew. I loved many things about him but what I loved the most was his Irish wit, he made me laugh almost everyday when he was well. They were married in 2003 and made their home in Londonderry, NH.  Ernie was the proud father of three boys! He and his wife enjoyed bike riding on the Rail Trail in Londonderry NH, walking their little dog Maxwell on the trails at Mack’s Apple Orchard and spending time at the beach house in Hampton Beach, where many wonderful memories where made and shared. Patriots would be cheered on with all his friends at the Irish American Club in Woburn as one of his favorite activities as well!

Ernie had worked at Data Connections in Reading for over twenty years before starting his own successful business in Networking and Telecommunications for the last decade.

Ernie loved his wife, his children and family unconditionally. At just the mention of someone needing help he was there and could fix just about anything, thanks to his father teaching him how to do everything from rebuilding car engines to repairing anything that could break in a house. His generosity, thoughtfulness and extremely kind ways, as a son, husband, father, brother, and friend has left some truly remarkable memories. A life well lived, but much too short.

Devoted son of Ernest J. and Jeanne M. (Flynn) McKinley.  The beloved husband of Robin M. (Lundergan) McKinley, Cherished father of Donald C. Kornse, age 24 of Londonderry, NH,  Brendan P. McKinley, age 14 and Aidan J. McKinley, age 13 both of Londonderry, NH.  Loving brother of Jeanne Popoloski, her husband Thomas and Michelle E. Murphy, her husband William of Woburn. Adored son – in – law of Gloria and Gordon Brown.  Also Ernie is survived by his many loving, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, January 25th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Friday evening 4-8 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Ernie to the St. Judes’ Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, January 25th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Friday evening 4-8 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Ernie to the St. Judes’ Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN.

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  1. Robin, Brendan, and Aidan, I just found out and I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. He was a great person.

  2. Ernie my heart is heavy. You will always have a piece of my Heart. Our memories I will cherish forever Love you and your family. ❤️❤️

  3. Jeanne its been many years but I always think of your family and wonder what your all up to. Your parents were always good to me and ill always remember the times with you all. So sorry to hear about your brother Ernie he will surely be missed. Will keep you all in my prayers.

  4. Barbara Thompson

    To the McKinley family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ernie was such a wonderful person. I was fortunate enough to have met and became friends with him in middle school. I tried to come to his services but couldn’t make it so I am leaving this more for me than you. But I just wanted to leave a memory of Ernie.
    He was fast. I remember in gym class if we had to run some distance he seemed to be done before everyone. And he was even winded.
    He was tough. I remember talking about boxing. I also saw first hand Ernie fight someone at my 1st and only keg party. I had to jump in to make sure he didn’t hurt this person. I was lucky he didn’t punch me.
    I remember he had beautiful eyes and a comforting smile. He was way to young to lose his life but I am happy that he had a great life with his family. May you find peace in your memories of Ernie.
    God bless you.
    Barbara (Cormier) Thompson.

  5. My buddy, My friend,My brother…
    u will always be missed & I will always have u in my PRAYERS I hate to say goodbye my buddy yet until we see each other again!! RIP MY BROTHER!!🙏🤘

  6. Holly McCool, Joyce

    To the whole family, as we all know Ernie,was genuinely an amazing person sincerely a gentleman with a big heart, a kind soul,my deepest condolences go to Robin and the boys & as well as to Mom, Dad & the rest of the family, I couldn’t see him to say goodbye due to the flu,
    so this is goodbye until we
    see again my friend Ernie… U will always b missed & in my PRAYERS until then, Ernie RIP🙏

  7. A lifetime is never long enough when we lose those we love…Ernie’s life surely was taken much too soon. EJ has a special place in the hearts of the Kornse family as a dedicated husband and especially, a loving father. We especially ache for his parents and sister, for Robin, Donald, Brendan and Aidan.

    Heartfelt thanks for the man he was and will always be in the minds of those who knew his integrity.

    May the memories of this Life sustain all those who mourn Ernie’s loss.

    May we find eventual comfort knowing there is no more illness burden and suffering for Ernie.

    With Loving Light and Grace, until we all meet again at the Rainbow Bridge….

  8. Antoinette McClafferty

    You will be very missed Ernie. I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet you. Prayers to your family at this very difficult time. RIP my friend.

  9. Michael Mcsheffrey and Jennifer Mcsheffrey.

    I’m so sadden to hear the news of ernie passing. My God bless him and his family.

  10. Ernie,

    You will forever be remembered in our hearts. You had such a big personality. You were always a charmer with a big smile to share with all. The goodtimes with you will live on forever. You were “Truly one of a kind” and will be missed by all.

    ~We love you Ern❤

    Jennifer Grant & Family

  11. So sorry to whole family ernie chris both gone so quickly growing up we would sleep at each other’s house i haven’t seen u in. Yrs ernie RIP

  12. My sincere condolences to the entire family. Ernie was a great person. I am grateful that we were friends and for all the great friends my brother and I have. Ernie was one of the best. Rest in peace Ernie.

  13. Carol Cattoggio (a/k/a Santiano)

    Sending my sincerest condolences and thoughts for your loss. Rest in peace Ernie!!

  14. The Stocker Family (Sue, Dan, Shane & Jesse)

    Our deepest sympathies to the McKinley & Murphy family, and the countless others who loved Ernie. I will always remember his kind spirit and smiling eyes, and cherish the memories of the many great times I had with him. Keep him in your hearts, and he will never truly be gone. God Bless you.

  15. Mary Wing Soares

    My condolences to your family on this very sad occasion. You are in my prayers. Mary Wing Soares

  16. Michele (Egan) Rivera

    I am so very sorry for such a terrible loss! Ernie was always respectful, caring, and empathetic with everyone he met. He was a very kind soul and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

  17. Mrs.Janet McCarthy

    Jeanne & Ernie:

    My heart breaks for the two of you. I don’t know why this happens to good people, or anyone. No matter what I say, it will not help, you have an awful tragedy on yours hands. Just comfort one another and talk about EJ, and talk to him as well. He was an amazing son from all that you have told me. May EJ rest in peace. Love, Janet

  18. John D Cossette

    Ernie, It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I will miss you my friend. We had many great times together with “the Crew”. You are a great man and you will always be loved and remembered. Until we meet again my good friend!

  19. My sincere condolences to the McKinley Family. I’ve known Ernie my entire life, he was a great guy and I am heart broken to know he is gone. Rest in peace my friend!

  20. Susan Lavacchia

    To Robin and the boys. Please accept our sincere condolences. Ernie was an amazing guys always a gentleman. Forever in your hearts and a guardian Angel on your shoulder he will be. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Lavacchia’s and Rosenstine’s(Tom’s Family)

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