? ?? Our wonderful, handsome, funny and kindhearted son, Brandon Scott Kinney, 26, died Christmas morning after an extremely difficult battle with addiction. He was born February 10, 1990 in Erie to Scott and Kyle Loop Kinney of Waterford. He graduated Fort LeBoeuf High School in 2008 where he played hockey.

Brandon never brought stray animals home; instead he brought home stray friends. He always convinced his mom and dad to find a bed or provide a meal ? maybe for a night, maybe for a year. He always wanted to help others.

Brandon studied environmental geology at Edinboro University. He planned to finish his degree in 2017. For the first time in a while he had a plan and was excited to follow it through. He loved the land and hiking and hoped to travel west to live as one with nature.

Some dear friends recently took a chance and hired Brandon to work at Adele?s on Peach St., Erie.

Beside his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Linda Collie of Arizona, Arnold & Sandy Loop of Waterford, Dave & Carole Kinney of Florida, and Jackie & Lou Eller of Erie. He also has several aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family and friends.

Brandon is preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Mary S. Mitchell, and two cousins, Matthew Thomas and Gregory Nelson.

No matter how much we loved him and supported him, we couldn?t kill the demon that took him. We will always love him; he was our life.

Brandon?s life will be celebrated at a later date.