LINK, JOSEPH A. Joseph A. Link left us on October 25, 2013 at 95 years young. He was the son of John and Rose (Cupak) Link. Growing up in Woodbury, New Jersey, he was a first generation American and the first in his family to graduate from college, Bucknell University, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After college, he moved to New York City where he joined the Babcock & Wilcox’s internship and met his wife Ann (Cooney) who worked in the General Foods test kitchens. Their first home was in Woodbury, New Jersey where he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Rudderow, Destroyer Escort in the Pacific conflict of World War II. After the war, they settled in Branford, Connecticut. As President and owner of Foskett & Bishop, mechanical engineering company in New Haven for 25 years, he was most proud of his work for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. As a life long antique collector, especially early American tools, Joe served as President of the Early American Industries Association and was a founding member of ATTIC (Antique Tools and Trades in Connecticut). Upon retirement, Joe and Ann traveled extensively, settling in Englewood, Florida where they created a magical garden of native Floridian plants. He is survived by his three children: Joseph W. Link (Vlasta), Mary Link (Joe), and Martha Link Walsh (Fran); four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. If asked who most influenced him, Joe would answer: his parents (for his strong foundation), his Sunday School teacher Ken Slifer (for redirecting his life and for his education) and Ann (for her constant love and support). He will be buried alongside his wife in Branford, Connecticut. In lieu of a memorial service, Joe’s family is asking friends and loved ones to take some time to share their love with those they care about. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT 06405.
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Published in The New Haven Register on Nov. 6, 2013