Long­time North Beach VFD mem­ber Jenk­ins dies at 77

The Calvert Recorder - - News - DANDAN ZOU

A for­mer long-term mem­ber of the North Beach Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment died last month in Florida. He was 77.

William “Butch” Joseph Jenk­ins Jr., of Port Orange, Fla., died Oct. 25, ac­cord­ing to an on­line obit­u­ary. Mem­bers of the fire de­part­ment said this week Jenk­ins was ded­i­cated to the de­par tment and worked mostly in ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions, in­clud­ing as pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary and trea­surer.

Born in Wash­ing­ton on Sept. 22, 1941, Jenk­ins was the old­est of three chil­dren. Bap­tized in the Catholic church, Jenk­ins spent the ma­jor­ity of his adult life as a res­i­dent of North Beach.

Be­fore mov­ing to Florida, Jenk­ins was a mem­ber of the North Beach Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment for 48 years. He was the chair­man and mem­ber of nu­mer­ous com­mit­tees in Calvert County and South­ern Mary­land fire as­so­ci­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to the obit­u­ary.

A for­mer pres­i­dent of the South­ern Mary­land Vol­un­teer Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion, Jenk­ins served as the fire de­part­ment’s del­e­gate to the Mary­land State Fire­men’s As- so­ci­a­tion. He was in­ducted to the Calvert County Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion and the South­ern Mary­land Vol­un­teer Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tions’ hall of fame. He worked for the Penn­syl­va­nia Rail­road, which later be­came Am­trak, for 42 years, the obit­u­ary said.

Jenk­ins mar­ried his sec­ond wife, Iris Denise (Young) Ringer, in 1986, and they re­lo­cated to Florida in 2010. Jenk­ins was an avid Wash­ing­ton Red­skins fan. He also en­joyed bowl­ing, coun­try mu­sic, mu­sic of the 1950s, golf­ing, hunt­ing, the ocean, play­ing cards, poker, slot ma­chines and trav­el­ing.


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