John 'Jack' S. Pixley, Sr, age 83, of Hamden, passed away February 3, 2009 at Yale New Haven Hospital. Jack was the husband for 61 years of Catherine 'Irene' N. Orr. Father of Dr. John S. (wife Janice) Pixley, Jr, of Reno NV and William N. Pixley of Vista, CA; grandfather of Aaron Ross Pixley and Jed Harris Pixley, both graduate students at Rice University in Houston, TX. Born in West Haven on April 25, 1925 he was the son of the late John S. and Mary Simmonds Pixley. Jack was also predeceased by a sister, Florence VanJeune. Jack was a former employee of Olin-Mathieson Corporation, where he retired as a pipe fitter. He was a WWII US Navy Veteran, a former president of the Hamden PTA, former Board of Director at the Dunbar-Davenport Housing Association in Hamden and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Heart Association. The family would like to thank the personnel of Yale New Haven Hospital for their kindness during this difficult time. Friends may visit with his family on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden and may attend his funeral service at 11:00 AM. His interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation Inc. CT Chapter, 35 Cold Spring Rd., Suite 411, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

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  1. Although we didn’t see each other often over the years,when we did talk I always felt we shared some common interests and outlook on life. Many of our discussions centered on sailing, something we both loved. When i just saw his picture as a young man it was amazing to me how much we resembled each other in appearance. He was my favorite uncle and I have always been proud to have been named after him,obviously a reflection of my parents love and admiration of Jack. My heartfelt sympathy to all who will miss him. I will. Jack S Van Jeune

  2. Although we lost contact over the years, our family has wonderful memories of all the times we spent together while members of the Whitneyville Church. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Irene, John and Bill and their families.

  3. Dear Irene, Jack was wonderful to all of us. We have known you and Jack for our whole lives. You are a special person to us because of your friendship with our parents but also because of you friendship with all of the Grinnell Children. I will miss Jack.I have so many fun memories of being with you in CT and when you came to Florida.Jack was one of the people we always looked up to and heard great stories about. Please take care Irene. Love, Sue

  4. Irene, I was so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We always had a good time when we got together. My condolences to you and your family.

  5. Jack and I for several years now have shared a weekly breakfast with a small group of high school classmates. Over time, those attending have grown smaller. We shall miss Jack.

  6. Jack was a good guy, one of the good ones, for sure. i will miss knowing that I might see him again. He was a devoted husband, a great father and a good brother-in-law. May he rest in peace.

  7. jack was my friend for 79 years he was a rare and wonderful person lolalty and friendship being on of the best gifts a person can give and he will be remembered for that gift ..he gave it to all who knew him..love to the pixly family and to dear loyal irene..marge exnicios

  8. Dear Irene, Jack was wonderful to all of us. We have known you and Jack for our whole lives. You are a special person to us because of your friendship with our parents but also because of you friendship with all of the Grinnell Children. I will miss Jack.I have so many fun memories of being with you in CT and when you came to Florida.Jack was one of the people we always looked up to and heard great stories about. Please take care Irene. Love, Sue

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