Richard G. Tinkler, 69, phone technician, sailor

September 19, 2004

Richard Gordon Tinkler, a retired telephone technician, died Monday of complications from diabetes at his home in Pasadena. He was 69.

A lifelong boater, Mr. Tinkler, who was on his sailboat the day before he died, served as commodore of the Magothy River Sailing Association. He helped manufacture fiberglass boats and was well known in yachting circles.

After his retirement from the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., he worked as the captain for several boats owned by Watermark Cruises in Annapolis, including the Harbour Queen and the Annapolitan.

"He had a passion for boats and the water, and passed that on to his children," said his son, Scott Tinkler of Millersville. "We used to spend our vacations boating on the bay."

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Tinkler graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1953 and attended Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster. In college, he played football and tried out with the Baltimore Colts.

He served three years in the Army at Fort Devens, Mass., where he taught cryptography.

After his discharge from the military, he joined his father in working for the telephone company. He remained with the company for 30 years, retiring in 1986.

He was married for 42 years to the former Nancy Carol Ford, who died in 2002.

Services were held Friday in Pasadena.

In addition to his son, survivors include another son, Brian Gregory Tinkler of Ocean City; a daughter, Nina Carol Tinkler of Pasadena; a sister, Vera C. Tinkler of Millsboro, Del.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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