Owen James “Jimmy” Stinson, Jr., a Sag Harbor native and dog lover who had careers in aircraft manufacturing and as a drug and alcohol counselor, died at his home in Chateaugay, New York, on April 17, of unknown causes. He was 71.
Mr. Stinson was a skilled mechanic, carpenter and jack-of-all-trades. After graduating from Pierson High School in 1962, and while attending college at night, he went to work for Agawam Aircraft, which later became Grumman Aircraft. He worked at a Boeing Aircraft Factory in Everett, Washington on hydraulic systems, and later opened his own hydraulic business in Brushton, New York. After obtaining a master’s degree in his late 30s in drug and alcohol counseling, Mr. Stinson worked in that field for the New York State Department of Corrections as an Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator ASAT (ORCA). He retired in 2015, but continued teaching night classes at North Country Community College in Malone, New York, having begun in 2001.
With his wife, the former Pam Griswold whom he married on July 4, 1979, Mr. Stinson rescued and adopted dozens of dogs. At his death, he left five of his “babies,” as he called them, which have all been placed in new homes. Ms. Griswold died in February.
Mr. Stinson was born in Southampton Hospital on February 15, 1945, a son of Owen James Stinson, Sr. and the former June Lake. He grew up in Sag Harbor, attending St. Andrew’s Catholic School as a child. He is survived by his children, Jody Sheldon of Ohio, Mark Stinson and Scott Stinson, both of Whitehall, NY, April Griswold of Killingworth, CT, and Adam Griswold of Batavia, NY. He also leaves his mother, June Daniels, two sisters, Joyce Leland and Janice Hoagland, and a brother, Ronald Stinson, all of East Hampton, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. No services were held, in accordance with Mr. Stinson’s wishes. The family is accepting condolences at FamilyOwenJamesStinson@gmail.com. Memorial donations to a favorite canine rescue group have been suggested.