Norman G. “Pinky” Pinkham, Sr.

September 22, 2007

Norman G. “Pinky” Pinkham, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

NORMAN G. “PINKY” PINKHAM, SR. – in Woburn, suddenly, September 22nd. Beloved husband of the late Josephine T. (Shelzi) Pinkham. Devoted father of Norman G. Pinkham, Jr. and his wife Leslie of Boulder, CO, Patricia A. Poirier and her husband Jay of Seekonk, Margaret M. Pinkham and her husband Michael Anderson, and William D. Pinkham and his wife Tanya, all of Woburn. Loving grandfather of Annie Pinkham, Jordan and Taylor Poirier, and Lauren, Luke, Lydia, Lily, and Lance Anderson. Also survived by his loving companion, Grace Ryan of Woburn, formerly of Billerica, her children, Joseph, Stephen, Kathleen, Brenda, Daniel, Timothy, Kevin and Paul, and their children. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, September 27th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, One Bromfield Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.

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OBITUARY:

Norman G. Pinkham, Sr. of Woburn, affectionately known as “Pinky,” died suddenly Saturday morning, September 22nd, at Winchester Hospital after having been stricken while taking his customary walk around Horn Pond in Woburn. He was the beloved husband of the late Josephine T. (Shelzi) Pinkham, who died in 1996.

Born in Woburn eighty years ago, he was the son of the late Norman and Margaret (Bovaird) Pinkham. He graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1945 and was a World War II veteran, having served as a pharmacist’s mate in the US Navy during the final months of the war.

Following his honorable discharge from the military in 1946, he went to work in the sand and gravel business, first for Akeson’s and later Burlington Sand and Gravel. He was a heavy equipment operator there from 1964 until his retirement in 1990.

He began the practice of walking around Horn Pond on a daily basis following his retirement, and could be found in the early morning hours walking alone or with one of his grandchildren or a friend. He was a horse racing enthusiast, often traveling to Saratoga for the races. He loved all sports, and was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys as well as the Patriots and Red Sox.

A voracious reader, Mr. Pinkham regularly visited the Woburn Public Library and always left with a stack of books. His grandchildren meant the world to him and he took great pleasure in bringing them breakfast on the weekends or having them accompany him on his daily walks.

Surviving are four children: Norman G. Pinkham, Jr. and his wife Leslie of Boulder, Colorado, Patricia A. Poirier and her husband Jay of Seekonk, and Margaret M. Pinkham and her husband Michael Anderson, and William D. Pinkham and his wife Tanya, all of Woburn.

He was the loving grandfather of Annie Pinkham, Jordan and Taylor Poirier, and Lauren, Luke, Lydia, Lily, and Lance Anderson.

Also surviving is his loving companion, Grace Ryan of Woburn, formerly of Billerica, her children, Joseph, Stephen, Kathleen, Brenda, Daniel, Timothy, Kevin and Paul, and their children.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, September 27th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, One Bromfield Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.

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  1. Dear Margaret,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Kerry Day
    Boulder,CO

  2. I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. It’s never easy. Just remember all of the good times with him and your family. It’s been a long time but, I remember him as a person who went out of his way to make people feel comfortable. He always had a smile. I just lost my dad. It’s all the great memories that make it a bit easier over time I guess, but you always miss them. I know he’s in a much better place now. May God bless you and all of your families in your time of sorrow. Jennifer

  3. I am saddened to hear of the loss of your father … may warm memories comfort you in this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Martha DeLuna Lyles

  4. We can’t express in words how sorry we are about your loss. We only hope the knowledge that so many people are thinking and praying for all family members and close friends helps ease the pain during this difficult time.

    Pat & Laurie Blake

  5. Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this most difficult time. Peace and comfort during the next few days….. God Bless
    The Haney Family
    Bill
    Betty-Anne
    Ryan
    Jillian

  6. Eva DeLuna, Austin TX

    At this sad time, I hope his family & close friends will take comfort in knowing that he does indeed live on in the hearts and memories of us all. I know I will always remember him with that smile on his face and twinkle in his eye.

  7. Every morning,no matter the season, Norman was a constant at Horn Pond.
    His smiling face, his signature walk, & his ever present Red Sox
    cap are only a few of the many constants I will miss.
    In this hurry up world we live in it’s a comfort to know you can count on the little things in life to make your day complete. Seeing Norman down the pond was one of those little things.
    I didn’t know where he lived or who he was related to. Norman didn’t know where I worked or how I spent the rest of my day. But, having said that, Norman was a part of my day. A part of my walk around the pond.
    I will miss him. I already miss him.

    God Bless you Norman

  8. We are truly sorry for the passing of your father. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.
    The Kernanders
    Michael, April, & Brannon

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