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Joachim Walter "Walt" Plecan

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Joachim Walter "Walt" Plecan Obituary

Joachim Walter Plecan, "Walt", age 85, of Colchester, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 14, 2014), surrounded by his loving family after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Born at home in Colchester, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Dzuma) Plecan. Walt was a 1946 graduate of Bacon Academy in Colchester, and went on to study at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford. Mr. Plecan was a 50+ year member of the Colchester Federated Church, and, while a member shared his musical talent and beautiful tenor voice with the Choir as well as Deacon Emeritus. For nearly 40 years, Walt was a tool and die maker for Pratt & Whitney before retiring as Master Mechanic Foreman in 1986. An avid tractor enthusiast and collector, he was involved with the activities at the Colchester Historical Society Zagray Farm Museum. His zest for life included the outdoors; gardening, fishing and camping, as well as spending time at the family summer home in the Catskills; to taking to the open road as a motorcyclist or to the clear blue skies as a pilot; and reading, woodworking and following the UCONN Huskies. He served proudly with the U.S. Army Artillery during the Korean War and went on to be a longtime member of both the Donald A. Bigelow American Legion Post 54 and the Adler-Boluck VFW Post 6990. His greatest joy, however, was found in his family, to whom he was ever devoted. He leaves his loving wife of 24 years, Carol (Coer) Nelson-Plecan; five children, John Plecan and wife Evelyn of Colchester, June Plecan and husband Peter Govert of East Haddam, James Plecan and wife Cheryl of Lisbon, Walter Plecan of Griswold and Julie Benoit and husband Ronald of Colchester; four stepchildren, James Nelson and partner Tom Lucia of Stamford, Betty Nelson and Phillip Nelson, both of Southbury and Stephen Nelson and wife Beneta of Manhattan, NY; 17 grandchildren; one great grandson; his sister, Olga Krukowski of West Hartford; and numerous extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Beatrice (Becker) Plecan, who passed away in 1987; and his brother, Michael Plecan. The family will receive guests from 4 to 7 PM Friday (Jan. 17th) at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. Funeral Services will be observed 10:30 AM Saturday (Jan. 18th) directly at the Colchester Federated Church located at 60 Main Street (on the Green). Burial with full military honors will follow in the Linwood Cemetery, Colchester. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Memorial Fund at the Colchester Federated Church, 60 Main St., Colchester 06415. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 16, 2014
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