Obituary for John I. Wynn
Published in The Day on May 15, 2012 
East Lyme - John I. Wynn of Niantic, departed on eternal patrol on May 12, 2012, after a long illness.
He was born in Camden, N.J., on June 16, 1941, to Burrell I. Wynn and Elizabeth (Haines) Wynn. John grew up in Haddonfield, N.J., and spent summers in Ocean City, N.J., working with his father on charter fishing boats. John became fascinated with submarines at an early age. After graduating from Haddonfield High School, he joined the U.S. Navy.

He graduated from Submarine School in Groton in 1958. He subsequently qualified in submarines on the USS Tench (SS 417) in 1960, serving as a sonarman. John served on a number of boats in the next 10 years as well as serving as an instructor while in San Diego. He left the Sub Force as STS1(SS).

John went on to work on defense projects at Raytheon, until pursuing his second passion, teaching. He became an instructor and ultimately school director for Sylvania Technical Schools in Boston, then Philadelphia. He later took a position as a field nuclear service technician with Picker Corp., for 23 years, working out of Philadelphia and later New York.

John retired in Connecticut in 1997 and ultimately returned to his first interest by becoming a life member of U.S. Subvets Groton Base. He was also inducted into the prestigious Holland Club, commemorating 50 years of being qualified in submarines. John served on a number of Subvets committees over the years, including USSVI National Archivist, and the Groton Base Anniversary and the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Sub School students.

But his proudest accomplishment was working to obtain valuable submarine history and documentation for St. Mary's Submarine Museum in St. Marys, Ga. For this accomplishment, he was awarded the Ben Bastura Award in 2011. Although John received recognition for other Subvets contributions over the years, this remained his most treasured.

John also worked closely with the USS Torsk volunteers in Baltimore, Md., over several years. in the restoration of the World War II sub at the Baltimore Maritime Museum. He spent many enjoyable weekends with friends, family, and associates working with the "Torsk Bandits" refurbishing the sonar shack.

John is survived by his wife and best friend, Ethel (Lynn), whom he married on June 25, 1977. He is also survived by sons, Gregory Wynn of Columbia, Md., David Wynn and his wife, Debbie, of Aston, Pa.; and daughter, Julie DelRe of Frisco, Texas.

In addition he leaves five grandchildren, Erika, Jennifer, and Kirsten Wynn, Kyle Clark and Zachary Cross. He was preceeded in passing by his first wife, Barbara J. Kronfelt of Belmont, Mass.

The family would like to thank all of John's "Brothers of the Phin" for all their kindness, support, and camaraderie over the years; there are too many friends to name individually.

Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012, at Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the
US Subvets Building Fund,
c/o Tom Connors
40 School St.
CT 06340 
or the 
Torsk Volunteer Association
5171 Columbia Road
MD 21044
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