May 24, 1948 – January 5, 2021 (age 72)
Jorge Pinzón of Naples, Florida passed away peacefully on January 5, 2021 of pneumonia complications. At his side was his loving wife of 27 years Brenda, his daughter Andrea, his son Jonathan and son-in-law Matthew. Born in Bogotá, Colombia he was the son of the late Jorge and Olga Pinzón (De Francisco).
Jorge is preceded in death by his daughter Susan, his mother Olga, his father Jorge, his brother German (Julia), and his nephew Marc. He is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter Andrea (Matthew), son Jonathan, grandsons Nicholas and Derek, brother Enrique (Debby), niece Diana, nephew Nathan, niece Moriah (David), brother-in-law, five sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins in the United States, Canada and Colombia, and numerous friends.
Jorge came to the United States at the tender age of 17 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1971. He proudly served his adoptive country as a jet engine mechanic during the Vietnam War on the island of Okinawa in Japan and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1975.
Jorge was a graduate of Dean College (Franklin, Massachusetts) and a Bryant University (Smithfield, Rhode Island) Business major. After an accomplished, 28-year long career in information technology at The Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut), he retired in 2009 and relocated to Naples in 2011. In his retirement years, he enjoyed caring for and spoiling his grandsons Nicholas and Derek. They would spend time watching cartoons, car races, crashing his diecast car collection, walking to the town center for ice cream, playing in the pool and he was always answering to “Pito can I have a snack.” Their beloved Pito (short for abuelito in Spanish) adored them.
Jorge enjoyed spending time with his family and playing practical jokes on them. There was always a laugh to be had thanks to his quick wit and mischievous nature. He enjoyed traveling locally, within the continental United States, the Caribbean and abroad. A car and racing enthusiast, he raced in rallies, participated in “Cars on Fifth,” attended or watched IndyCar and Formula One racing and introduced Nicholas and Derek to their first Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Our beloved Pito was a doting husband, devoted father, amazing grandfather, intelligent, fun loving, generous, an admired and respected soul. He is now our guardian angel, who watches over us. We were truly blessed to have been touched by him. His gentle touch remains in the hearts of those who loved him best.
Jorge will be laid to rest at the Sarasota National Cemetery; due to COVID-19, attendance is restricted.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made online to Shriners Hospitals for Children or a local Food Pantry.
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