George R. Krar Sr.

George R. Krar Sr., 74, of Suffield, beloved husband of Kathleen (Barrett) Krar, died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford surrounded by his family.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1939, in New Britain, son of the late George J. and Mary (Fetchik) Krar. A graduate of New Britain High School with the Class of 1956, George went on to serve our country with the U.S. Army while stationed in Panama. He later earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Hartford. A resident of Suffield for over 40 years, George worked as a project engineer for United Technologies Inc., retiring in 2000 following 35 years of service. Throughout his career, George traveled the world, oftentimes accompanied by his family. During his younger years, he was a passionate white-water kayaker, and enjoyed skiing, stamp collecting, playing ice hockey and softball. Later on George especially treasured the times taking his children and their friends out to the brewpubs for happy hour, during which he eagerly shared his stories of adventure. George and Kathy loved entertaining and going out to new restaurants. He also enjoyed his special time with Nicholas during their weekly dinners.

George was a caring and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend who will be greatly missed by all. Along with his wife of 48 years, Kathleen, he leaves his daughter, Lorianne Nutini, and her husband, Robert, of Suffield; his sons, George Krar Jr., and his wife, Meghan, of Suffield, and Andrew Krar, and his wife, Eileen, of Suffield; his brother, Richard Krar, and his wife, Patricia, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Zachary, Isabella, Ethan, Michael, Joseph, and Emersyn; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Abby.

Family and friends may gather on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., at the Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home, 443 East St. (Route 159), Suffield, with a time of sharing to begin at 9 a.m. followed by a memorial Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Windsor Locks. Burial will be private at the request of his family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, 2013