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John Joseph Reynolds

September 7, 1964September 28, 2021

John “Jack” Reynolds died on September 28. He was born to Albert Reynolds and the late Joyce (Gluth) Reynolds on September 7, 1964 in Evanston, IL.

Jack was raised in Nevada, IA, Kittery, ME, and Ledyard, CT. He graduated from Ledyard High School in 1983 where he was a standout on the basketball team. He went on to play NCAA Division II basketball at the University of New Haven where he earned an accounting degree in 1987. He completed graduate work at Southern Connecticut State University where he earned his teaching certificate.

Jack’s passion was public education and the community of Clinton. He was kind and generous to friend and stranger alike, and a relentless supporter of local charities and fundraisers. He spent 24 dedicated years with Clinton Public Schools as a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Lewin G. Joel, Jr. Elementary School. At 6’ 8” tall and always wearing a smile and his trademark bow tie, he was an unforgettable presence in the life of the school. The personal and academic success of Clinton’s youngest students was the cause of his life. As the saying goes among many Reynolds alumni and parents: “Once a Reynolds kid, always a Reynolds kid.”

Jack is survived by his beloved wife Denyse (Lennerton) Reynolds who was the light of his life. They played golf, enjoyed cruises, traveled to exotic islands, and disappeared on spontaneous road trips with Van Morrison as their companion. Friends and family envied the love and respect Jack and Denyse shared and enjoyed their light-hearted banter and teasing.

Jack was an avid golfer who loved working in the pro shop at River Ridge Golf Course in Griswold, CT. He looked forward to cigar and bourbon night with the guys and enjoyed riding his bike and cruising in his BMW.

Jack took great pride in his children who brought joy to his life. He is survived by daughter Tatjana Reynolds and husband Robert Pinney of Guilford, CT; daughter Meredith Reynolds of Clinton, CT; nephew Colton Reynolds of Mt. Wolf, PA to whom he was guardian; stepson Brian Schenck and wife Melissa of Deep River, CT; stepson Samuel Schenck and wife Gillian of Old Lyme, CT; stepson Matthew Schenck of West Hartford, CT; and stepdaughter Allyson Schenck of Westbrook, CT.

Jack was blessed with many siblings who adored him. He is survived by sister Sara Reynolds Parker and husband Timothy of West Hartford, CT; brother Larry Reynolds and wife Kaura of Lynden, WA; sister Connie Dietze of Luzerne, IA; brother Tom Reynolds and wife Trina of Gales Ferry, CT; and sister Jenii Robinson and husband Dwight of Miramar, FL. He is also survived by grandsons Alexander Pinney and Emmett Schenck, whose faces lit up when they saw “Pop-Pop.” He was predeceased by his mother and his sister Kate Reynolds.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, October 4 from 4-8 PM at Swan Funeral Home at 80 E. Main St., Clinton, CT. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 5 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church at 54 Grove St., Clinton, CT. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Jack’s memory may be made to Clinton Education Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 4, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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Jason Hicks

October 9, 2021

What a truly saddening loss. Mr. Reynolds was one of the teachers who really helped to keep me on track early on in my education. He was the one who gave me a passion for reading. I remember one time in high school when I accompanied the elementary school chorus on flute for one of their concerts he came up to me at the rehearsal and showed me a book of his favorite works by past students. Inside he had a poem and a drawing I'd made years before about my old cat, Mittens. I will truly never forget this man, he made such a difference in my life. Rest easy, Mr. Reynolds.

Anne Vece-Rohrberg

October 8, 2021

Our family met Jack about 6 years ago, when he was a caretaker for my ailing dad, Dan. He helped guide us through this journey with kindness, patience, and humor. Our family loved Jack. When our dad passed, not only did Jack send flowers, but came to his service and kept in touch with my sister Jackie and I through facebook. He was such a special person, and our hearts are broken.
Our deepest condolences to his wife, Denyse, his entire family and all who loved him. Rest in peace, Jack. You will never be forgotten.

Ray Bovich

October 7, 2021

Selfishly as one who first met Jack some thirty five years ago I wanted to be among those who praised his name.See ya ,Jack !

kate pender

October 7, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Rest In Peace Mr. Reynolds.

Love, The Pender’s

Martin Indars

October 5, 2021

I had the wonderful fortune of getting to know Jack during this my first year working at River Ridge Golf Course. Jack took great pride in our golf course and the service we provided and instructed and encouraged me every time we worked together.
So Jack was my teacher just as he was to so, so many at the Lewin G. Joel, Jr. Elementary School. And like them, I am much better for it.
Thank you, Jack .

Tara Leach

October 5, 2021

Dear Reynold's Family:
We are very sorry for your loss!!
Our son Zach, now 20 years old, was/is a Reynolds' Kid during the 2007-2008 School Year. Jack will always be our families' "Tinkerbell"! Our favorite Monster Mash memory!
I had some of the Joel kids that attend my Home Daycare make "Bow Tie Tuesday" pictures today that I hope bring a smile to your faces during this very difficult time!!
Sincerely,
The Leach Family

Jackie Vece

October 5, 2021

Denyse,
Although most people knew Jack as an educator, my family was blessed to know him as a caregiver. When my father was dying from Alzheimer, Jack was there to take care of all his needs, and in turn, also took care of all of us.
Jack was in our lives for about 4 months. Not a long time, but he had a huge impact on all of us.
I hope for you and your family that the time will come soon that thinking of Jack will bring smiles and laughter instead of sadness and tears.

Mary O'Neil

October 5, 2021

Dear Denyse & family,
We were so sad to learn of Jack's passing. We always enjoyed our conversations centered around golf and family whenever he came in to our store. We will miss his smile, sense of humor, & upbeat manner. We'll keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary & Mark O'Neil
Essex Golf

Sandra Hoover

October 5, 2021

John was such a great guy in high school! I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you happy memories. It is so difficult to lose someone you love. Prayers and peace…. Sandy

Jennifer shea

October 5, 2021

To be loved by so many is a wonderful legacy Mr. Reynolds has given us many precious memories. Our thoughts are with his beautiful family. Peace and Love, from my family to yours

FROM THE FAMILY