HENDERSONVILLE-Lincoln Jankowski died 6/18/13. He was born 2/23/34 in Buffalo, NY, to Peter and Helen, both piano and violin teachers.
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He was a Korean War veteran and returned to Buffalo State College graduating cum laud.
He was vice president of operations at Westinghouse-Eaton and retired thirty-six years later, after successfully implementing "Just in Time" for the Control Dept. at the plant helping it to survive.
A library book helped him design and build his Grand Island home with the help of parents and wife Shirley, his lover and caregiver of 55 years. They raised four children: Len, Julie, Steven and Laurie, all college graduates, and six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He carried out many works in the community: Boy Scout Leader, Religious Awards, (both sons are Eagle Scouts). Designed and built a walking trail along the river on Grand Island for the town residents during it's bicentennial; Chairman of Bounty of Bethlehem second and third years and wrote a handbook how to organize it family style and money left over always to be given to IAM so people could have Christmas in July. He was one of the original founders and vice president of the Polish American Club, past board member of Asheville Parkinson Association, AARP tax volunteer, Blue Ridge Literacy, Hospice, Salvation Army taking applications at Christmas; best of all, helping with fifth grade, Pat Jones class at Bruce Drysdale.
Lincoln once said: "If I had supposed the glory of my actions would be terminated with the end of my life, I could have passed my days in quiet and ease; free from toils and cares and without labor and worries. But my spirit assured me that as soon as I quit this life, I would truly live. If any heavenly power granted me the privilege of turning back and living again, I would be extremely unwilling to start again. I have so lived and I believe have been of some use; and when the close comes, I shall quit life and I will leave the Inn and look forward to my real home with God.
Life is not a destination
Life is a journey."
From his children on Father's Day: " On this day we celebrate your life, love you have given your family, kindness you have given when we have been hurt; listening to your children's problems, ideas and music; you have shared your passion for ocean and sea; mountains of stone and of water; you taught us to see the glory; dedication to your job, to be committed to excellence, to your wife and family; to your beliefs, ideas and your God. These are the gifts you have shared with us and the only way we can thank you is to continue to share them with our children. "A Family's Immortality."
No services are planned. Forest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of cremation. In memory of Lincoln gifts to Elizabeth House, 581 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 would be appreciated because they have taken excellent care of him.
Published in The Times-News from June 20 to June 21, 2013