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Maksymilian Stanislaw Rajmund Klimas


1926 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Maksymilian Stanislaw Rajmund Klimas Obituary


Maksymilian Stanislaw Rajmund Klimas joined his beloved wife of 54 years, Teresa, alongside the angels in Heaven on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Maks was born in Zelislawice, Poland on February 20, 1926. His family endured the hardships of WWII until 1943 when they were evacuated by the occupying forces to forced labor on the farms of southern Germany. After liberation, Maks' love for his native Poland drove him to enlist in the Polish Armed Forces in the West in which he served for four years, his duties including sentry at the Nuremburg Trials in 1947. Subsequently Maks spent several years in England taking up various jobs around the country and in Wales. In 1952, Maks returned to Germany to enlist in the US Army based in Sonthofen for four years, serving a final year at Fort Devens before his honorable discharge in 1957. Leaving Europe to finally be reunited with his family who had emigrated to the US, Maks still longed to visit Poland and returned on occasion, during which time he met his wife Teresa, whom he married there in 1959. Upon settling in Hartford, CT, Maks began his career at the Polish Democratic Club, eventually becoming proprietor of Wilson's Café around the corner. From the 1960s until its closure in 1987, Wilson's Café became more than an eating and drinking establishment for the Polish community and the nearby state and government office workers. Wilson's was a beacon and haven for émigrés who knew that under Maks' roof they would find more than shelter in his rooming house and a hot meal. Maks would take time from behind the bar to proffer legal advice, attend immigration hearings, drive new Polish immigrants from job lead to job lead, to ensure his fellow countrymen found secure footing in their new home. His kindnesses were also extended to his many patrons in a variety of ways. As one of the pioneering Polish businessmen in the region and mindful of his civic duties to the USA, Maks worked tirelessly on behalf of the Democratic Party and fostered close working relationships with state and national government officials for the good of his Polish community. Poland always being close to his heart, in 1987 Maks funded the purchase of new bells for the local chapel in his home village of Zelislawice. While traveling extensively with his dearest Teresa in the years to follow, "retirement" still saw Maks taking on continuous work, putting in time at Rocky Hill High School. Maks was many things to so many people but few knew of his personal interests including beekeeping as a young man and gardening for many years. He was most proud of the poetry he had written as a younger man, which touched upon themes of homeland, religion and family, reciting it from memory when the occasion arose. He was a lifelong communicant of SS. Cyril & Methodius Church in Hartford and he was a member of the Polish Army Veterans Association of America, Post #119 in Hartford. His many close friends knew firsthand of his warmth and generosity and he reserved a special brand of love for his wife, children, and grandchildren; his siblings, nieces, nephews, and godchildren. He will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by a son, Gregory Adam Klimas and his wife Agnieszka of New Britain; two daughters, Eva Klimas and her husband Bruce Vincent Brdar and Maria Klimas and her husband Robert Morton all of Brooklyn, NY; two grandsons, Julian and Oliver Klimas; two brothers, Gustav Klimas and his wife Gloria of Hartford and Casimir Klimas and his wife Sofian of Tennessee; four sisters, Antola Pospiech of Poland, Maria Panek of Hartford, Sophie Andrzejczuk and her husband Kazimierz of Newington, and Freda Lowke and her husband John of Land 0' Lakes, FL. Besides his wife he was predeceased by a sister, Helena Kedzior. His family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 16, 5-8 p.m., at the Waszkelewicz South Green Memorial Home, 43 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford. Family and friends may gather on Thursday, April 17, 9 a.m., at the Waszkelewicz South Green Memorial Home, followed by a Funeral Liturgy, 10 a.m., at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, Hartford. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at Msgr. Bojnowski Manor for their expert care and support during this difficult time. Memorial donations may be made to the Polish Scouting Organization (ZHP, New Britain District), 39 Pulaski St., New Britain, CT 06053. For online condolences please visit, www.carmonfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2014
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