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John Brinnier

January 30, 1922 — May 14, 2022


Hurley - John Van Etten Brinnier of Dug Hill Road died Saturday, May 14, 2022. Born January 30, 1922, in Kingston, NY, the son of the late Parker K. and Ruth (Bushnell) Brinnier. John graduated from Kingston High School and received his bachelor's degree from Rider College. John served during WWII with the US Army Air Corps in England as a radio mechanic with a squadron of P-51s. He was a manager with the Ulster County Department of Social Services until his retirement in 1984. On December 3, 1949, he wed his wife of 69 years, Katherine "Kay" Meddaugh in New Milford, CT. John and Kay raised four sons at their treasured home on Dug Hill Rd. John traveled the globe extensively with Kay. He enjoyed landscaping and gardening on the property and was always interested in new and unique plants. John was a "Jack-of-all-Trades" and taught his sons to be self-sufficient and competent. Always humble, honest and kind, he was a true role model for his family and friends. In January of this year, John celebrated his 100th birthday with his family, friends, and neighbors. He was thrilled and surprised by the affection shown by all who attended. To those who knew him it was no surprise.

Surviving him are two of his sons, William P. (Shelley Wyant) Brinnier of Marbletown, and John F. "Jack" (Sharon) Brinnier of Woodbury, CT. Also, his 4 grandchildren, Tara (Chad) Ehrenkranz of Short Hills, NJ; Corinne (Nate) Brassfield of Columbia, MD; Justin Brinnier of Nyack; Jonathan (Samantha) Brinnier of West Simsbury, CT. And, not to forget his special grandchildren Megan (Anthony) Mazzeo of Osterville, MA; Jason (Annie) Maguire of Sandwich, MA and their parents, Sean and Gail Maguire of Centerville, MA. John leaves behind seven great-grandchildren, Trevor, Owen, Eva, Zachary, Isabel, Cameron and Jack, John is also survived by a precious niece, Nancy Rogge, and 4 nephews. John had loving support from his caregivers, Lisa, Melrose and Manana who made his last years happy and safe. He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine 1926-2018, two sons, David L Brinnier 1953-1977 and Mark C Brinnier 1960-1987. Entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston.Cremation and inurnment in Wiltwyck Cemetery are private. Memorial contributions may be directed Hudson Valley Hospice at To leave a message of condolence, please visit

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