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William Pinkney III

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William Pinkney III Obituary
William Pinkney III, 94, of Granby, CT, beloved husband for 69 years of the late Lois (Mason) Pinkney, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 15, 2019, in Simsbury. Born in Canton, OH on October 2, 1924, son of the late William Pinkney, Jr. and Dorothy (Cowles) Pinkney, he moved to Rowayton, CT with his family as a young boy and was a graduate of Greenwich High School, Class of 1942. After high school, William continued his education for a brief time at the University of Connecticut before being drafted into the US Army in April of 1943. William served in the European Theater with the 4th Armored Division during World War II until his honorable discharge in March, 1946. William returned to the University of Connecticut and completed his bachelor's degree from the School of Business in 1950. After graduating he entered the insurance industry. In 1958 he and Lois relocated to Watertown, NY where he became Vice President of The Agricultural Insurance Company. In Watertown William and Lois started their rare book business in 1964 which they maintained into their 90's. He was a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and was well-known throughout the rare book industry for his collection and his expertise. As a young boy, William (a.k.a "Pete" to family members) and his brother, Jack, had a printing press business and printed stationery, business cards, Christmas cards and their own neighborhood newspaper. William and Lois set up a printing/letterpress shop in the back of their garage, resulting in family members continuing the tradition of printing and selling to neighbors and friends. William and Lois owned a boat and spent time with their family, fishing, swimming and enjoying the St. Lawrence River, 1,000 Islands and Lake Ontario. He was a member of the Black River Valley Club and often did free book appraisals for the Flower Memorial Library to help with their fundraising. In 1976 William and Lois returned to Connecticut after an eighteen-year absence. He worked as Vice President at Cigna Insurance Company in Hartford until he retired in the 1980's. William and Lois traveled the country selling at antiquarian book shows for years on the East Coast, the West Coast and in between. Both were members of Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America for over 50 years. William and Lois enjoyed their annual two- week vacation on Wellesley Island, St. Lawrence River, 1,000 Islands NY with extended family members. Proud of his early American heritage, William was a proven Mayflower Descendant of Passengers Richard Warren, James Chilton, Mrs. James Chilton and Mary Chilton. He leaves two sons, William Pinkney and his wife Bonnie of Flagler Beach, FL and Jett Mason Pinkney and his wife Judy of Coral Springs, FL; a daughter, Kristen Pinkney and her husband Thomas F. Bregani of Greenfield, NH; four grandchildren, Gigi Bennett and her husband John of Reston, VA, Adria Bregani and her husband Seth Blake of South Pasadena, CA, Olivia Bregani of West Peterborough, NH, and Thomas P. Bregani of Greenfield, NH; two nephews, John L. Pinkney and his wife Sheila of East Dummerston, VT, R. Jeffrey Roberts and his wife Barbara Hyle of Largo, FL; and two nieces, Cindy Pinkney Canavan of Liberty, ME and Alison Andrade and her husband Mitch of Washington, ME. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, John E. Pinkney; and sister, Anne Jones. Burial with Military Honors will be private in the Rowayton Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rowayton Historical Society, P.O. Box 106, Rowayton, CT 06853. Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home in Granby has care of the arrangements.


Published in The Hartford Courant from Apr. 15 to Apr. 21, 2019
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