James Kuszik, 66, of Beverly Hills, Fla., and formerly of Windsor, Conn., beloved husband for 44 years to his high school sweetheart, Carol (Smith) Kuszik, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Born in New Britain, son of the late Michael and Olga (Liwen) Kuszik, Jim lived in Windsor over 50 years. A 1964 graduate of Windsor High School, he joined the Air Force after graduation and served four years including a tour in Vietnam as an aircraft mechanic. He was particularly proud to have worked on the C47s, known as "Puff the Magic Dragon". After discharge from the Air Force, he joined the Connecticut Air National Guard where he served with the 103rd Fighter Group at Bradley International Airport, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1997. Jim loved golf, woodworking, and fishing.
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He retired to Beverly Hills, Florida where he owned Ridge Repair and Handyman Services, specializing in small engine repair. He constantly was offering to help his neighbors and friends as he could "fix anything." He volunteered for the Citrus County Sherriff's Department patrolling the Rails to Trails. He and his wife Carol also summered at their home on Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, N.H.
Besides his wife Carol, he leaves a brother Michael Kuszik Jr. and his wife Patricia of Windsor Locks; brother-in-laws, Richard E. Smith II and his wife Phyllis of Wethersfield and Craig Smith and his wife Debbie of Windsor; nieces, Donna LaBree and Amy Colligan; nephews, Jason, Justin, and Zach Smith; and six grandnephews and nieces, Danielle Jones, Michael LaBree, Charles James Smith, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Sean Colligan and Cassidy Colligan.
His family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor. Family and friends may gather 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 12, at Carmon's in Windsor followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m., at St. Gabriel Church, Windsor. Burial will follow with military honors in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Donations may be made to either, The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Harry & Helen Gray Cancer Center, 85 Retreat Ave. Hartford, CT 06016. For condolences or directions please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 9, 2013