Christopher L. Jenkins
Christopher L. Jenkins, 65, of Exeter, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 29. He was the husband of Karen Comiskey Jenkins and the father of Derek, 24, and Cody, 20, who were the center of his life. He was born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Carryl (McDormand) Jenkins and the late Clayton Jenkins. Chris enlisted in the Army after his high school graduation, and was proud of his service in both Thailand and Vietnam. Attending his annual 20th Engineer Brigade reunion was the highlight of his year. He was recently trained as a peer crisis counselor for other veterans. Following his time in the Army, he graduated from Boston State College with a degree in math, philosophy and physics, and worked as computer software engineer for various companies, with 13 years at Blue Cross of Rhode Island. At the time of his death, he was semi-retired, working at the Navy Station in Newport. Chris was a Freemason and Past Master of Union Lodge No. 10, Pawtucket. He served many years as a Boy Scout leader in Exeter, including Scoutmaster of Troop 45, which he helped restart after a period of inactivity. Chris had a kind and generous heart. He loved camping, hiking, working outdoors and a good road trip. Woodworking, coin collecting, and model railroading were some of his hobbies. He thought of himself as shy, but few would have agreed. He was often seen holding court with neighbors in the front yard. His favorite pastime was wandering Home Depot seeking out advice from strangers. Chris is survived by his brothers Dean and wife Diane of Peabody; David and wife Barbara of Merrimack, NH; Dana and wife Maryellen of Lynn; and Mark of Lynn. He was the brother of the late Stephen Jenkins. He is also survived by nephews Andrew and Matthew Lanni and James Blanding, nieces Danielle and Delaney Jenkins, and Dena Goveia, and a large circle of other relatives and friends. He loved them all. A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Friday at the Avery-Storti Funeral Home, 88 Columbia Street, Wakefield. Burial with military honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours are Thursday 5-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the DAV, 1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5816.