John Carroll Hinson, 81, of Ridgefield and Brewster, Mass., died peacefully June 30.

Mr. Hinson was born May 10, 1931, in Hartsdale, N.Y., son of the late Jay and Lucile Hinson.

He attended Hartsdale public schools, and graduated from the Merchant Marine College at Fort Schuyler, N.Y., as an ensign, often referring to himself as Ensign Hinson.

Mr. Hinson sailed the world three times with the Merchant Marines and later as a first lieutenant in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

He was a navigator and, in later life, taught several would-be sailors his art at his beloved Cape Cod. He was always a sailor at heart and would spend time gazing at the seascape of Pleasant Bay.

Mr. Hinson and his wife, June (Flood) Hinson, lived in Ridgefield, building several homes, as Mr. Hinson was a self-taught finish carpenter. He moved his family to Cape Cod, where he remained until this year, moving back home to the Danbury area.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John P. Hinson, and his wife, Nancy, of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Scott Hinson of New Milford; two grandchildren, Alex and Hannah; two sisters, June Tschauder of Southbury and Jacqulin Fincham of Topeka, Kan; a brother, Jay Hinson of Machias, Maine; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mr. Hinson's life took place on Candlewood Lake.

The Kane Funeral Home of Ridgefield was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami FL 33136-1494.