Groton - Joseph A. Kardys passed away on Wednesday afternoon at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 11, 1925, in Chicopee, Mass., he was the son of the late Frank Kardys and Sophia Gell Kardys.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Dorothea Sweeney Kardys in 2007.
Joseph was raised in New Britain and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Assigned to a Construction Battalion (Seabees) unit, he traveled throughout the Pacific theatre. Upon discharge from the Navy, he first completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Connecticut State College in 1948, and then obtained a masters degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 1950.
Joseph had a long and successful career at Pfizer, Inc. in Groton, where he worked as a Chief Chemist in the Vitamin A Organic Production Lab, and as a Senior Development Chemist. He retired in 1993 after 43 years at Pfizer, and holds numerous patents in the fields of vitamin production and encapsulation. Formerly residing in both Groton and Waterford, he was active for many years in the Shennecossett Yacht Club, the Political Action Committee and various book clubs. He enjoyed sailing, gardening, traveling and writing. In retirement, he continued to write papers and books related to vitamin production, and enjoyed corresponding with fellow veterans and attending Seabee reunions.
Joseph is survived by his three children, Jan Kardys of Redding, Edward Kardys of Niantic, and Gary Kardys and his wife, Ruth, of North Greenbush, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Mark Gottlieb of Manhattan, Deborah Gottlieb of Greenwich, and Abbey Kardys and Roger Kardys of North Greenbush, N.Y.; a brother, Casimir Kardys of Cromwell; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, John Kardys and Anthony Kardys; and by his sister, Mary Kardys Bogoslawski.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 12 Noon on Friday at the Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London.