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CONKLIN, John Robert Of Kingstowne, VA. Born September 22, 1945, died suddenly of influenza in Fairfax Hospital on February 14, 2013, after a long battle with lymphoma. Devoted husband of Roberta (Cain) Conklin. Cherished son of the late Milton and Mary (Tuohy) Conklin of Arlington, MA. Dear brother of Mick Conklin, (and Jean Fox), of Venice, FL, and Bellingham, MA; Joan Conklin of Ashland, MA; and Maureen Dalton of Marlborough, MA. Loving uncle and godfather of John Dalton. Caring nephew of John Robert and Marilou Conklin of Binghamton, NY. Close to cousins throughout the US and Ireland. Growing up in Arlington, MA an outstanding student at Matignon High School, Boston College, and Suffolk Law School. Distinguished career as a Contract and Procurement Specialist with the US Government in the Pentagon, Department of the Army. He was a thoughtful and abundant giver of gifts regardless of reason or season. He also gave generously of his time and talents in weekly charitable activities, and as an active member of the Knights of Columbus, and serving as a Board Member and President of several community associations. John was adventurous, and loved world travel, playing tennis and cards, gardening, vacationing at the ocean, and gathering for all special events with his scattered extended family no matter how distant the journey. He appreciated language and music as an avid reader and listener, and eloquent speaker and writer. He served faithfully as lector and singer at his Church, and found comfort and courage in his deep faith as through his years he overcame serious injuries and surgeries, and counted each day a blessing. We will miss him and we are grateful to God for his presence in our lives. Memorial services were heldinVirginia.

Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 3, 2013
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