Austin M. Kairnes Jr.


Austin M. Kairnes Jr., 75, of Warwick died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Sunny View Nursing Home. He was the beloved husband of the late Irene P. (Gobis) Kairnes.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Austin M. Kairnes, Sr. and Emily V. (Kiley) Kairnes. Austin was employed as a supervisor at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT, retiring in 1998. He honorably served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Austin had a great sense of humor and was very proud of his Irish heritage. Years ago he served as a Pack Leader for the Cub Scouts and was a supportive parent of his son’s Boy Scout Troop. He was a coach for the Continental Little League and was a life member of the Warwick Elks, BPOE 14. Austin was also a member of the Oakland Beach Fireman’s Association and the American Legion. A communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Austin and Irene were Religious Education Teachers and were active in Parents Groups at Our Lady of Czestochowa School.

Austin is survived by his loving children: Austin M. Kairnes, III (Melissa J.) of East Greenwich and Susan E. Baker (Stephen C.) of Coventry; two brothers: Robert Kairnes (Robin) and Gerald Kairnes; a sister: Meredith Mollo; two beloved grandsons: Austin A. Kairnes and Harrison M. Kairnes; nieces; nephews; grand-nieces; grand-nephews; and his group of cherished friends. Austin was the beloved brother of the late Helen Marshall and Arlene Challberg.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. from the Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Fourth Avenue, East Greenwich. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Burial with military honors will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Greenwich.

Gifts in his memory may be made to: Hope Hospice & Palliative Care RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence 02904 or Catholic Relief Services for Hurricane Relief, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or at


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