2013-10-10 / Obituaries

Irving Callendar Jennings

Irving Callendar Jennings, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2013, at his home in Jamestown. He was the beloved husband of Carol Raymond Jennings.

Born in Newton, Mass., he was the son of the late Irving C. and Rosamond Huntress Jennings. Mr. Jennings spent his career in Norwalk, Conn., at Nash Engineering, which developed liquid ring vacuum pump technology. Irv’s father held a number of Nash’s early patents and had been Nash’s first employee, a president and chairman of the board. Like his father, Irv had a keen mechanical eye and constructed elaborate model railroads at his residences. He graduated from Greenwich Country Day School, Avon Old Farms School and the University of Iowa. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during WWII.

An avid flier, cross-country skier and sportsman, he loved to sail and was a member of the Norwalk Yacht Club and Conanicut Yacht Club. He had also been a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, the Newport Reading Room and the Wantastiquet Trout Club in Weston, Vt., where he also maintained a residence.

Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters from a previous marriage, Deborah Jennings Kingsbury of Isle of Palms, S.C., and Nancy Jennings Devens of Niantic, Conn.; two stepchildren, Bill Salmons of Jamestown and Betsy Moody of Whitehouse Station, N.J., and Jamestown; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Kathleen Jennings.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 317, Jamestown, RI 02835, or Jamestown EMS, P.O. Box 8, Jamestown, RI 02835.

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