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Gerry G. Tinkham

Gerry G. “Tink” Tinkham, 76, of Central Street, Ipswich, husband of M. Frances (Ball) Tinkham died Friday December 4, 2009 in the Beverly Hospital following his long illness.

Born October 31, 1933 in Middleton, son of the late Clarence and Ethel (Gray) Tinkham he was raised in Danvers where he attended public schools. As a young man he worked on the family farms in Danvers and Newburyport. For more than thirty years he owned and operated the G. Tinkham Trucking  Company of Ipswich. In his leisure time he enjoyed working  on his trucks and automobiles and playing harmonica in North Shore Country and Western bands.

In addition to his wife of thirty years he is survived by four sons, Dana Tinkham and  wife Debbie of Salisbury, Phil Tinkham and  wife Mary of Salem, Bruce Tinkham and wife Valerie of Peabody and Mark  Tinkham and wife Jodi  of Peabody; two daughters Kimberly Sauchuk and husband Peter of Danvers and Lisa Ramos of Peabody; two brothers, WayneTinkham and Daniel Tinkham both of Danvers; sixteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren;  his former wife Marilyn Thomas of Peabody and many nephews and nieces. He was the father of the late Brian Tinkham, formerly of Washington, DC and brother of the late Malcolm Tinkham of Danvers, Michael Tinkham of FL, Gene Tinkhamof ME, Gerald Tinkham of Newburyport and the late Jane Rioux of CA.

His funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 9, 2009 11 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by burial in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Tuesday 4 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street. Framingham, MA 01701.

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