John Solarz Jr., 91, of East Hartford, formerly of Glastonbury, husband of Leona (Nichols) Solarz, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
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John was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Hartford; he was the son of the late John and Stella (Danchuck) Solarz. John resided in Glastonbury until 1965, relocating to East Hartford. As a teenager John worked at the CCC to help his family during the Great Depression. John left home at the age of 17 to enlist in the Army of the United States, where he served our country during World War II, receiving two Purple Hearts as a result of wounds suffered at Tarawa. After the war, he worked at Pratt & Whitney, but soon followed his dream to become a police officer and join the Glastonbury Police Department in 1950. He was employed by the Glastonbury Police Department, where he rose through the ranks, becoming a captain, then the acting police chief prior to his retirement in 1977. He was very active in civic organizations including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, American Legion, Lions Club, and the Police Chiefs Association.
John will be fondly remembered by his loving family, his daughter and son-in-law, Diane and William Kenyon of East Hartford; a sister, Teresa Watts of Glastonbury; five grandchildren, Jennifer Kenyon, William John Kenyon, Christina Bassett, Cyndy Godreau, and Bryon Parkhurst; five great-grandchildren, Austin, Daniel, Ryan, Crystal, and Scott; two great-great grandchildren, Aliyah and Jayden; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his first wife, Catherine (McCartha) Solarz; his son, John Solarz III; his siblings, Ted, Charlie, Michael, Annie, Josephine, Mary, and Sophie.
Friends and relatives may pay their respects on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Naubuc Ave., Glastonbury.
Funeral procession from Farley Sullivan will begin at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, with a graveside service at 11 a.m. in the Veterans Section of Neipsic Cemetery, Neipsic Road, Glastonbury, with full military and police honors.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial donations are made in John's name to the Glastonbury Police Department Scholarship Fund, 2155 Main St., Glastonbury, CT 06033.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, 2012
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