Jack S. Opinsky, DDS, 83 years of age, of Timrod Lane, West Hartford, died Friday, October 1, 2010 at John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington surrounded by his family. Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late Morris W. and Edith (Lubin) Opinsky. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and then in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. After his military service, he graduated from the University of Connecticut with BA and MS degrees, and received his DDS degree from State University of Iowa. Jack was a Trustee for the American Dental Association, past President of the Hartford Dental Society, Fellow of the American College of Dentists, past President of the CT State Dental Association and most recently receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Waterbury Dental Society. He was also past Trustee and instructor at the University of Connecticut, past Chair of the West Hartford Public Health Commission, past President of the Probus Club, and he served as a Captain in the 1st Connecticut Governor’s Foot Guard. He was very involved in the Democratic Party on a local and national level and served on the Board of Trustees at Beth Alom, New Britain.
He leaves his beloved wife of 59 years, Phyllis (Kayser) Opinsky; a son, Martin Opinsky and his wife Kathy of Bristol; two daughters: Jami Opinsky Goldman and her husband Richard of Old Greenwich, and Heidi Schachter and her husband Alan of Redding; four grandchildren: Justin, Alexis, Samantha, Matthew; and a brother, Morton Opinsky and his wife Mimi of Hartford. He was the brother of the late Irene and David Zadek and Phil and Roz Opinsky.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi Howard Herman officiating. Interment will follow in the Beth Alom Cemetery, 46 Allen St., New Britain. A reception will follow the burial at the Governor’s Foot Guard Armory, 159 High St., Hartford. Memorial contributions may be made to The Opinsky Scholarship Fund, UConn School of Dental Medicine, c/o University of Connecticut Health Center, Office of Development, 10 Talcott Notch Road, Suite 100, Farmington 06032. For further information, directions, or to sign the guestbook for Dr. Opinsky, please visit online at