JENKINS, John R. John R. Jenkins, devoted husband and father, son of James R., Sr. and Ruth (Pelletier) Jenkins, of Stafford Springs, CT, died tragically on Sunday, (March 7, 2010) while doing what he did best: helping others. A respected and lifelong pillar of the Stafford community, he is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Nicole (Thibodeau) Jenkins; his three children, Katherine, Samantha, and Alec Jenkins; his parents, James and Ruth Jenkins, all of Stafford Springs, CT; four siblings, Brad, Christine, James R. Jr., and Jennifer Jenkins; sister-in-law, Tammy Walbridge and her husband Michael; brother-in-law, Matthew Thibodeau; father-in-law, Russell Thibodeau and his wife Phyllis of Maine; mother-in-law, Kathleen (Alvarez) Thibodeau of Ellington, CT; and many treasured nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Richard and Mary Jenkins; maternal grandparents, Alvie and Elenor Pelletier; and an uncle, Douglas Pelletier. A skilled carpenter, arborist, and jack-of-all-trades, John was a hard worker and always managed to keep himself busy. An avid outdoorsman, he also loved to fish… that is, when he wasn't working or helping someone out. Always thinking of others before himself, he was an inspiration to all he met. He loved to dance and, to those who loved him, his cowboy boots will be very difficult ones to fill. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, CT. Burial will follow in Stafford Springs Cemetery, Stafford Springs, CT. Calling hours are on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jenkins' Childrens' Fund, c/o Stafford Savings Bank, P.O. Box 25, Stafford Springs, CT 06076. For online condolences or directions, please visit: www.introvignefuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hartford Courant on March 9, 2010