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Joseph Albert Pinkava, “Joey”, 93, of Brick, formerly of Springfield, NJ, passed away on March 24, 2021 (Born April 10, 1927). A memorial gathering at Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave. in Springfield will be on Monday, April 5th from 4 to 8pm with words of remembrance at 7:00 pm during the visitation. Interment will be private. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, you MUST reserve your time to attend using the Sign Up Genius link shown above which will be be available on Friday at noon.
Born in Summit, the son of Joseph A. and Bertha (Kostelecky) Pinkava, Joey was raised in Springfield, NJ. He went to Jonathan Dayton High School and was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He graduated early to join the navy in 1944 and served his country aboard a PT boat during WWII. He was honorably discharged in August of 1946 and returned to take the helm of the family business, Pinkava’s Motor Company, in Springfield as the third generation owner. He remained active in the business right up until the start of the pandemic.
Joey’s passion in life, outside of his family and work, was being on the water; boating or fishing. At a very early age, he built his first boat by hand in his garage and named her “Honey Girl”. As his passion grew, so did his boats. He leaves behind the latest of the Honey Girl legacy, a 52’ Ocean Yacht. He was at peace on the water and his best days were being on the Honey Girl with his children, grandchildren and friends. He made over 200 trips up and down the east coast; every one, a gift to all that were with him and a memory he takes with him.
Joey is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce. He was the loving father of Joseph “Buddy” Pinkava, Jr. and his wife Kathleen, and Jeffrey Pinkava and his wife Cheri. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Kayla, Krystina, Kyle and Jordan as well as many loving relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joey’s memory may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365 or www.garysinisefoundation.org/donate.