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John E. "Jack" Pinkney, 90, Former Rowayton Resident

ROWAYTON, Conn. -- John E. "Jack" Pinkey, a former resident of Rowayton, died Thursday, Jan. 26. He was 90.

He was a longtime resident of Woodbury, Conn. and summer resident of Melvin Village, NH before retiring to Tuftonboro in 1994. His family homestead in Rowayton is now home to the Pinkney Park and Rowayton Historical Society

He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1944, and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology.He served in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed at Fort Devens, Mass., before his discharge in 1946 and his return to MIT.

He was an insurance professional who worked for various companies before becoming a partner in the independent Woodbury Insurance Agency. He retired in 1989. He served as president of the Connecticut Insurance Field Club, president of Connecticut CPCU, chairman of the Education Committee of Independent Insurance Agents of Connecticut, and president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Connecticut.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law John L. and Sheila Pinkney of E. Dummerston, Vt.; daughter Cindy Pinkney Canavan of Liberty, Maine; grandchildren Amber and husband Judd Laghi and their daughter Juliet of Orange, Jaimie L. Canavan of Montville, Maine, and Matthew L. Charles of Chicago; brother and sister-in-law William “Pete” and Lois Pinkney of North Granby; sister-in-law Thalia Harrell of Oak Harbor, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his nephew R. Jeffery Roberts of N. Andover, Mass., who he helped to raise and considered a son, and his wife Barbara Hyle; and exchange student Mireille Arnoux and husband Daniel Audiffren of Lyons, France, who became part of the family and whom he regarded as his French daughter.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Anne Cowles Pinkney.

A memorial service will be held in Wolfeboro, N.H., in late spring.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Lakes Region Humane Society.

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