Wolf, Perry, other York leaders remember Kinsley brothers, who died in avalanche in Canada

Noel Miller
York Dispatch

York-area politicians and other leaders expressed condolences Tuesday after hearing of the deaths of Jon and Tim Kinsley.

The Kinsleys, leaders of Kinsley Enterprises, were killed Monday in an avalanche in British Columbia, Canada. Jon Kinsley had been an executive at Kinsley Enterprises and the previous president of Kinsley Construction. Tim Kinsley was the president of Kinsley Properties.

"The Kinsley family has been pillar in York County. Tim and Jon gave generously to many causes to better the community," former Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. Wolf, of Mount Wolf, sent his deepest condolences to the family and said he is saddened by the loss of the brothers.

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Other prominent figures and organizations in York County also issued statements remembering the Kinsleys.

"Just heartbroken to learn that our dear friends and wonderful York business leaders Jon and Tim Kinsley, 59 and 57, were killed after being caught in an avalanche near Revelstoke, British Columbia," U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Carroll Township, said in a Facebook post. "It is absolutely impossible to put words to this, but please join me in sending love, strength, and prayers to their families, colleagues, and friends as they celebrate their lives and mourn their deaths. RIP, gentlemen, you will be deeply missed."

The York Revolution also expressed condolences on Facebook Tuesday evening.

"The Kinsley family is a founding member of the Revolution community ownership group, and we are shocked to hear of this loss to York. Tim and Jon, along with the entire Kinsley family, are a testament to community entrepreneurship, leadership, and commitment. Tim and Jon will be very sorely missed," the post said.

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The brothers were on a backcountry heli-ski trip, in which adventurers use a helicopter to reach remote areas. The Kinsleys were caught in an avalanche around 2:45 p.m. Monday with their guide, who survived, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Avalanche Canada told the CBC that snowpack was unusually weak and left the area highly susceptible to avalanches. British Columbia Coroners Services are leading the investigation.

The brothers' father, Robert Kinsley, founded the family's construction company in 1963, and it now consists of six divisions focusing on specific areas of the industry while primarily serving Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region.

In 2017, York College created the Kinsley School of Engineering, Science and Technology after a $5.5 million gift commitment from the family.  

— Reach Noel Miller at NMiller3@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @TheNoelM.