Obituary: Steven Thomas Trinker, 65, of Ridgefield

Steven Thomas Trinker, 65, a resident of Ridgefield for 17 years, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was the loving husband of Deborah (Debbie) Trinker.

Steve was born in Chicago, IL on May 1, 1953, a son of William and Joan (Morgan) Trinker.

Steven earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University while working at patent law firms in the Washington, D.C. area.  Steve later worked at Union Carbide, and then joined WR Grace’s patent department where he ultimately became the youngest Chief Patent Counsel of a Fortune 100 company. In 2000, Steve and his family moved to Ridgefield when he accepted a position as the Chief Patent Counsel of Praxair.

In his retirement, Steven enjoyed gardening, his terriers, including his beloved Welsh Terrier, Ruby, and listening to classic and indie rock. An avid reader, Steve enjoyed a wide range of subjects, including history, biographies, science-fiction and scientific books. Steve’s biggest passion was his family; he was a doting family man, devoted to his wife, daughters and in recent years, his grandsons.

He is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 41 years, Debbie, and their daughters, Lauren Cannon and her husband, Kevin of Pittsburgh, PA, and Allison Trinker and her husband, Chad Engle of Danbury, CT. Steven is also survived by two grandsons, Owen Henry Cannon and Nathan James Cannon. In addition, Steven is survived by his mother, Joan Trinker and siblings, David, William, Joan Felty and Susan Raney. Steven was predeceased by his father, William.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Regional Hospice and Homecare, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810,