John Jerauld Rink
Passed June 18, 2021
Obituary For John Jerauld Rink
John Jerauld Rink, 70, of Raleigh, NC (formerly of Apalachin, NY), passed away at UNC Hospital on Friday, June 18, 2021, unexpectedly. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Dorothy Rink, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Nancy Williams; brothers-in-law, Paul Kohl, Robert Folli and James McGonigal.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathleen Rink, his son, Travis (Sarah Sutton), and his daughter, Kaitlin (Kyle Fletcher), all of Raleigh, NC; his brothers and sisters, James (Judy) Rink, TX, Cathy Kohl, OR, Jeff (Sue) Rink, NY and Sandi Sepelak, NY; his brother-in law and sisters-in-laws, David Williams, NY, Rachel (David) Drew, NY, Rebecca Folli, NY, Sherry (Jerry) Steigerwald, CO and Nancy Williams, PA; grandchildren, Harper Rink, John Knox Fletcher and Amelia Fletcher of NC, also several nieces, nephews and cousins.
John graduated from Owego Free Academy High School and attended Broome Community College, NY. He worked at IBM Endicott and IBM Raleigh, and retired after 37 years.
In his early years, John enjoyed sailing on Lake Wallenpaupack, PA and on Cayuga Lake, NY. John was a motorcycle enthusiastic and was very proud of his 1986 Honda Interceptor 500 and always enjoyed his rides throughout the years. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.
Per John's request, there will be no services. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Project PAW, 127 Bevier Street, Binghamton, New York, 13904.
It is so difficult to see such a sweet soul pass from this world. I worked with John for years in IBM Endicott and he was so highly thought of by all of us . John was a quiet gentleman , always offering that beautiful smile to his work mates. I met his wife Kathy years ago, and my heart goes out to her and John's family and friends. I was unaware that John too had transferred to Raleigh, as did many of us in Endicott. God bless you John, rest in His arms. Jean Baxter
I only had a short period with John back in the 70's. I met John through the Williams family and we became fast buds. We shared some fun times together as guys in their 20's do. I haven't seen John since my last visit to their Endwell home many years ago, but that face is the same one I'll always remember. I wish the entire Williams and Rink families a peaceful transition to life without John. Having experienced a recent horrific loss in my own family, I can only say I hope it isn't as painful as that which I'm experiencing! I encourage any of the family to read the book, "The Beauty Of What Remains" by Rabii Steven Leder. My prayers and thought are with all who knew and loved John, he was a great human being who I will always remember fondly. Peace be with you Kathy!!!!!
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