Jacquelyn Sawyer Sinkinson


FARMINGTON – Jacquelyn Sawyer Sinkinson “Jackie” died peacefully on April 25, at Franklin Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She had resided in Industry for 41 years.

She was born in Providence, R.I., to the late Dr. Carl and Ethel Sawyer. She was one of seven children. She attended the Lincoln School and Pembroke College and went on to figure skate professionally. She married George E. Sinkinson Jr., also of Providence, who became an Episcopal clergyman in 1954.

Her husband’s ministry took them to the Dioceses of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California and Maryland. During that time, Sink’s boyhood dream of having a bloodhound led to Jackie’s 46-year involvement with the bloodhound breed.

The Rectory Kennel was established in 1960, one of the very few AKC registered kennel names. Since the first litter in 1963, there have been 135 champions, including Westminster Best of Breed and Best in Show winners. Ever practical, she also trained the dogs for trailing, leading to work with the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine State Police.

Jackie served as president of the American Bloodhound Club for several years and continued her involvement in many other official capacities. She was also on the very first standard committee and highly responsible for having the Illustrated Standard drawn up, and also served on the judges education committee. She and Sink were the first recipients of the American Bloodhound Club Meritorious Service Award, the clubs’ highest award.

As a breeder, she was outspoken and deeply interested in the genetics and health concerns of the breed and also worked with bloodhound rescue groups. She obtained her license and judged in both domestic and international shows.

She is survived by sons, George E. III and his wife, Callie, and Mark C. and his wife, Ann; a daughter, Gail Sinkinson; grandchildren, George E. IV, Caroline, Jessica, Elizabeth, Mark C. Jr. and Thai; and great-grandson, Caleb.

She was predeceased by her husband.