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Roger F. Hinckley

Roger F. Hinckley Jr. obituary, 1944-2024, Milford, CTRoger F. Hinckley Jr., 80, of Milford, Connecticut, beloved husband of Katharine (Roorbach) Hinckley, passed away on February 1, 2024, surrounded by his loving family and beloved music. Born on January 1, 1944, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Roger Sr. and Caroline (Legat) Hinckley. Roger grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, where he graduated from Central High School and then attended The Connecticut School of Electronics, where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. After taking his SATs, he was drafted into the army, where he served his country, teaching others how to build, repair, and quickly disassemble helicopters. His capacity for kindness and massive intelligence caught the eye of other branches of the military and when he was approached to extend his service he politely declined to return home and continue his education. Upon returning home, he was forced to retake his SATs, which to this day remains the biggest inconvenience of his entire life. He studied marketing at The University of Bridgeport, where he also worked as a radio dj, exposing everyone in his listening pool to the quagmire of knowledge and deep appreciation for all sorts of music he had. After college, he worked for Sikorsky Aircraft and finished his professional career as the marketing manager at ITT Flygt. Roger, or Rod as his friends and loved ones knew him as, loved old cars, old movies, old music, and new ideas. He loved analog over digital and cash over credit. He enjoyed feeding and housing the neighborhood birds and regaling his daughters of their hijinks, especially if a squirrel was involved. Roger was also an avid genealogist. He spent hours every day tracing back thin family ties to discover new relatives. His desire to learn new things was the nucleus of his personality. He always encouraged everyone around him to think outside of the box. In addition, to his loving wife, Roger is survived by his children Carrie (Paul) Jakubowski and Wendy (Bill) Giel. Roger will be dearly missed by adored granddaughters Mia and Phoebe. He is also survived by sister Pat Smith along with several nieces and nephews. Roger was predeceased by his brother John Hinckley. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday February 5, 2024, at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 BROAD ST., MILFORD, CT. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Tuesday February 6, 2024, at 10:00 am. at First United Church of Christ, 34 W. Main St., Milford, CT 06460 (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Interment will follow at Kings Highway Cemetery, 271 Cherry Street, Milford, CT. Memorial donations in Roger's name may be made to Connecticut Hospice. 


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02/05/24 11:40 AM #2    

Rita E. Skog

I remember Roger well. He had a quirky sense of humor and a pleasure to hang out with. My deepest sympathy to his wife and family. 

02/06/24 08:55 AM #3    

C. Robert Clark

Very saddened to hear about Roger's passing. My sincere sympathies to Roger's family and friends. I have very clear memories of hanging out with Roger and our friends in Trumbull during our high school years and into even our early college years, especially with David Sanborn, Jack Sopko, and Jeff Uhl. Since we lost touch after those times, it was nice to hear of Roger's wonderful life where he accomplished so much and must have enjoyed it fully.  

02/06/24 10:58 AM #4    

Diane M. Barabas (Dillman)

Sorry to hear of Rodger's passing, my condolences to his family.  I am glad he had such a full life with many interests and occupations.  He was such a bright guy who gave much to the woirld.  Diane Dillman



02/06/24 02:09 PM #5    

Sharon N. Smethurst (Schwab)

I am so very sad to hear of Riger's passing and send my sincere condolences to Kit, his girls and everyone who loved him.  Roger was a great guy and my memories of him go back to when we ride our bikes on Woodridge Circle in Trumbull back in the 50's, then attending Middlebrook and CHS.  We lost touch after high school until we reconnected on the website and I enjoyed our conversations on the website.  May he Rest in Peace.

02/07/24 11:52 AM #6    

Edward A. Balogh

Roger and I met attending Middlebrook school and coninued to be classmates tjru our days at Central hight where we were in the same home room.  We shared a lot of laughs together and I appreiated his quck with and kind nature.  It's wonderful to know what a productive life he led and the family he enjoyed and cherished.  My condolences to them....I didn't keep in touch unfortunately and learning of his death saddens me for not having done so....

02/07/24 12:16 PM #7    

Judith E. Klein (Stagliano)

It is so difficult to say "good-bye" to Roger.  I've known him since 4th grade.  He has always been the nicest person who I know will be sorely missed by all of those whose lives he touched.  My sincerest condolences to his family.  I hope that you find comfort together.

02/14/24 08:56 PM #8    

Gwendolyn R. Winkler

I met Roger at Middlebrook Jr and went with him to Central.
Sending prayers to his family.

02/23/24 07:28 PM #9    

Thomas J. Stamatis

Roger  was  a dear, loyal and  valued  friend   since our   CHS  days and  I  will  dearly miss  him.  I was a native of  south  Bridgeort  and  the  north end, and  Roddy was  from Trumbull during thsoe  old  days  at  CHS and  later  at  UB.   But inspite  of  our  wide spread  locations, we  became  like  "peas in a pod" as  the saying  goes  in our  friendship.

 As I  told  his family  recentlly  before his  funeral, as   part of my  tribute;  if  there ever  was  a definition of  a"good  man",  you can bet  for   sure, that  it  was Roger.  Many  of  us  who  knew  him  would  agree I'm  sure.  Even  though  many, many  years and  thousands  of  miles  separated  us  over  time,  Roger  and  I  kept  our  connection  and  friendship alive  with occaasional   calls,  sharing what was happening in our  lives  with  humor, candor, good  stories, memories , just  how  good  friends  always  interact.   We unfortunately   couldn't see or  visit  each other  easily over  our  years   as friends,  since I've   lived for the  past  39  years  in southern California   and  Roger  was in Milford, CT.   However, Roger  was   someone  who  I  could  call, or  email, and  always  have a  great  and  easy  converstion with just as  if it were yesterday,  from over  fifty  years  ago !

You  will be  missed  my  good  friend.

Tom Stamatis


02/24/24 08:25 AM #10    

Alvin Golub

Going back to my days at Central High,  I remember Roger as a fun, kind, and high energy guy. I will miss him!

02/24/24 11:05 AM #11    

Donald H. Parker

What a joy to learn that Roger lived a full life and contributed so much to so many folks. Roger and I were good childhood and teenage friends and had much fun together. After graduation we went separate ways and did not keep in touch, which I regret. I remember Roger as being positive, fun, and caring, and apparently that never changed. My prayers are offered for Roger's family.

Don Parker

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