ARMITAGE--John L., 96, of Essex, CT, formerly of Madison, NJ and Morris Plains, NJ died peacefully on May 14, 2013. A graduate of the 1938 class of Princeton, he wed Karen Marie de Chambaud Conze on September 22, 1939 and served as President of John L . Armitage & Co from 1949 - 1982 and President and Chairman of the National Paint and Coatings Association. He is survived by his children, Adra Carr of Old Saybrook, CT, Spencer Leineweber of Honolulu, HI, Norman Armitage of Nashville, TN, Amelia Armitage of Ridgefield, CT, twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His life will be celebrated by his family and close friends in a service Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the First Congregational Church in Essex at 1:00. In memory, the family requests donations be made to the Weiss Hospice Unit, Middlesex Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.
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Published in The New York Times on June 9, 2013