PITTSFIELD- Mr. John J. Klink Jr., age 66, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by his loving family after complications of heart failure.
John was born in Pittsfield on February 19, 1952. He attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and served as an altar boy for many years. He then went on to attend Taconic High School, and graduated with the class of 1971.
After high school, Mr. Klink began his work as a welder at General Electric Company. He also held jobs at Rice Silk Mill, Berkshire Bridge and Iron, Sheaffer Eaton, Berkshire Medical Center and proudly served as a Seabee in the US Naval Reserve. Most recently, Mr. Klink worked for 14 years at Kimball Farms in the maintenance department.
John had a talent for making people laugh, and had a quick wit about him like no other. He was a lover of all things candy, and could tell you anything you needed to know about new innovations in the candy industry. He also loved to sit and watch James Bond movies, and to him, those films were timeless classics that should be enjoyed over and over again.
Mr. Klink was an incredibly talented handyman, and was often referred to as “Mr. Fixit.” He was also a true gentleman, and was a devoted family man, putting his wife and children before himself. He was patient and kind, and could always see the best in a situation, even when nobody else could. John was also very in touch with his inner child, never refusing a game of catch or the chance to fly kites with his kids and grandkids. Mr. Klink always enjoyed being outdoors, whether he was admiring the birds or weeding his flower gardens, and he most especially enjoyed spending time at the ocean.
John married his best friend and the love of his life, the former Doreen Lasch, on November 19, 1968 in Hudson, NY. He considered her parents, Paul and Claire Lasch as his parents rather than in-laws. John treated Doreen like a queen and happily did everything he could for her. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this November.
Besides his wife, John leaves five children, Amy Donovan and her husband Michael of Weymouth, Rebecca Barbara and her husband John of Weymouth, Jeremy Klink of Pittsfield, Sean Klink and his wife Allison of Pittsfield, and Amanda Klink and her significant other Steve Culbertson of Torrington, CT. He also leaves 7 grandchildren, Evan and Dylan Barbara, Gillian and Delaney Donovan, and Sofia, Joseph and Olivia Klink, a sister-in-law, Paula Shaughnessy of Liverpool, NY and 2 nephews, Mark Shaughnessy of Nashua, NH and Timothy Shaughnessy of Clay, NY. John was predeceased by one grandson, Tanner Barbara, his in-laws Paul and Claire Lasch, and his father John J Klink Sr.
SERVICES: Calling Hours for Mr. Klink will be THURSDAY, May 31st from 4-6PM with Military Honors being rendered at 6PM at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME. Funeral Services will be held privately for the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: In Memory of ME Tanner B Inc., P.O. Box 890212 East Weymouth, MA 02189, or by visiting www.tannersrun.com