OXFORD - Michael "Mickey" D.J. Skurat, age 83, of Oxford, died Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the MidState Medical Center, Meriden.
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He was born in Ansonia on Oct. 30, 1928, son of the late Michael and Beatrice (Marazzi) Skurat. He was a graduate of Pine High School and New Haven State Teachers College. A World War II veteran he served four years (1945-1949) in the U.S. Naval Submarine Service. After active duty he remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve and retired in 1967 with 22 years of service as a Lieutenant. He was a lifetime member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., and a Holland Club Member. Mr. Skurat retired as Chief of Fire and Emergency Medical Services for the State of Connecticut at the Southbury Training School. Chief Skurat was a life member of the CT Career Fire Chief's Assoc., the CT Fire Service Instructors Assoc., and CT Fire Marshal's Assoc. He was a State Instructor of Emergency Medical Technicians. In 1993 he was awarded the "Man of the Year" by the American Red Cross for his promotion of their CPR programs. Before his retirement, he was active in the Litchfield Hills Pipes and Drums as a drummer and drum major.
He leaves four daughters, Joanne Skurat, of Southington, Donna Lynn (Joseph) Urbanski, of Southington, Beatrice Tzucanow, of California and Michelle (William) Krichbaum, of New Hampshire; a brother, Ronald (Mary) Skurat, of Seymour; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his beloved wife of 41 years, he was predeceased by a son, Michael D.J. Skurat, Jr.; and a brother, John Skurat.
Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia. Interment with military honors will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, where he and his wife, Phyllis, will repose together forever. Family and friends may call on Monday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to a
. Online condolences may be made at www.wakeleememorial.com.
Published in The Record-Journal on May 13, 2012