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John F. Lipnicki

1 December, 196326 February, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of John F. Lipnicki announces his passing on February 26, 2021 after a lengthy illness. John is survived by his brother Charles E. Lipnicki of Madison, CT and his sister and brother-in-law Kate & Rick Stoddard of North Myrtle Beach, SC. He is predeceased by his brother Luke J. Lipnicki and his parents Vincent J. and Frances C. Lipnicki.

John was a lifelong resident of Madison, CT. After high school, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) in West Germany. John enjoyed a successful career in warehouse management, starting with a position as General Manager in the family business, Carpet Warehouse, in New Haven, CT.

From a young age, John was a lover of nature and the outdoors. Back in the 1960-70’s before Madison was fully developed, John would spend all day long traipsing through the woods exploring frog ponds, catching turtles and looking under rocks for salamanders. The family would joke that one day he would grow up to be a Herpetologist. He played football in the original “Madison Quarterback Club’ and had the nickname “Little’. He received the nickname when one of the parents noted that nobody could seem to catch that fast little guy out on the field among all the bigger players. There was nothing John loved more than sitting at the East Wharf pier with a ‘cup of Joe’ in one hand and a fishing pole in the other. John also enjoyed golf and was a proud member of the ‘Dawn Patrol’ at the Madison Country Club. His interests also included gardening, reading SciFi & Fantasy novels, playing guitar and listening to good old time rock and roll (especially AC/DC and Ted Nugent). He was an avid fan of the New York Giants and Mets.

Although John was not a man of many words, he was the most loyal and honorable brother and friend you could hope to have in this life. He was truly a standup guy and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Kevin Dolan

22 March 2021

I remember many years at the Lipnicki household, playing football on our knees in the family rooom, to advancing to the front yard, and then of course to the Madison Town Green. We always started touch football at the Green, but it ALWAYS progressd to full out tackle. One great story is when there was a giant wasp nest on the side of the house, and of course we wanted to get rid of it, so we doused a rag with gasoline, attached it to a stick and lit the nest on fire, we all went running and diving through the front door with a couple of us getting stung. In the mean time the gasoline and the wasps nest started to catch the house on fire, so of course we had to go back outside to put the fire out!!! So many fond memories.
Rest in peace John
Kevin Dolan

Tom Clancy

20 March 2021

We all have suffered a great loss with the passing of John ~ for those who never got a chance to meet him, your loss is even greater. Truly a stand up guy with with a sense of humor that was just waiting for the right time to jump into the conversation. Always enjoyed his company on the golf course back with the original Dawn Patrol, but the best were the Annual Thanksgiving Day Tournaments with his band of Brothers, Luke & Charlie. Weather Permitting was not in our vocabulary for that day, we played no matter what ~ it was a Tradition. I sorely miss that as I now do with this great man I had the pleasure and honor to call my Friend 🌅

Russ Hauptman

18 March 2021

Charlie & Kate,
We are very sorry for your loss. I have loads of memories of John. Fishing, football, and a few beers. The thing I remember most was his hearty laugh and a zest for life. May he Rest In Peace.
Peace be with you both.
Russ & Charlene

Stuart Munro

17 March 2021

I first met John when I was about 16 years old. I had moved into town a few years prior to that and didn’t have many friends. I immediately liked John the first time I met him. He and I shared many of the same interests in music, fishing , sports and the occasional raising of a little Cain. I will always hold fondly my memories of the countless times we thoroughly enjoyed the aforementioned. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing John will miss him dearly but be comforted by the memories and privilege of knowing such a great guy. Until we meet again John, tight lines my friend.

Gerard McGuinness

17 March 2021

So sorry for your loss. I had many great times playing golf at Madison country club with John and the Dawn patrol.

Many Great memories,
It was always fun to be with him and have a few beers.

Great guy,
Miss him.

💚💚🍀🍀

Ben Figueroa

16 March 2021

I knew Charlie, Luke and John from my days at Madison CC and although I didn't know him well, he always impressed me with his easy going and friendly manner.
Sending kind thoughts to Charlie and his family and wishing them comfort as they grieve the loss of a brother and truly nice person.

Tim LaChance

16 March 2021

With a heavy heart I send my condolences to Charlie and Katie on your lost. John was such a kind person to humans and reptiles alike I remember catching frogs, tadpoles, turtles and what ever else he captured in a small pond down the street. He was like the Australian crocodile hunter Steve Irwin of Yankee Peddlers Path and gave his all, even looked liked him a little. John will be missed but never forgotten.

Ralph Maselli

14 March 2021

Charlie and Family, I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Michael LaChance

13 March 2021

So sad to hear about Johns passing. We were childhood friends. I remember one time we were fishing at the Surf Club,on the rock. I hooked him right through the earlobe. He didn’t even cry. I think we cut the line and kept fishing. My condolences to Charlie and family.
Sincerely,
Mike LaChance

SCOTT WHITNEY

12 March 2021

John was a very easy going guy, who cared about his family. I remember playing tackle football with no pads, on a very cold day at the town green with John and Luke. Kate and Charlie, I am very sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY