MIDDLETOWN, CT - John L. Armitage, 96, of Essex, CT, formerly of Madison, NJ, and Morris Plains, NJ, died peacefully on May 14, 2013. A graduate of the 1938 class of Princeton, he wed Karen Marie de Chambaud Conze on September 22, 1939. He served as President of John L. Armitage & Co. from 1949 to 1982 and President and Chairman of the National Paint and Coatings Association.

He is survived by his children: Adra Carr of Old Saybrook, CT; Spencer Leineweber of Honolulu, HI; Norman Armitage of Nashville, TN; and Amelia Armitage of Ridgefield, CT; and 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.