John W. Lysobey
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On Friday morning John W. Lysobey, age 98, was called by the Lord where he will spend eternity with his loving wife Christine of 71 years who had predeceased him in 2008. He was born in Danbury, CT to Samuel Lysobey and Anna Boyko. He grew up in Norwalk where he attended school and met his future wife. His intelligence had the Norwalk School system skip 2 grades. He is predeceased by 2 daughters Jeanne Lysobey Bloom and Linda Lysobey Nelson. As well as a brother Richard Lysobey of Florida and Sylvia Lysobey Muddiman of Long Island. He is survived by 3 sons, David Lysobey of Arkansas, John A. Lysobey of upstate New York and Wayne Lysobey of Norwalk and their families. Additionally he is survived by 15 grand kids and 14 great grand kids, nieces and nephews. Also a special friend and helper, Mark Stuart.
He was widely known as a horseman in his younger days both riding and jumping daily. At the beginning of WW2 he was employed by a Norwalk company under government contract. He was contacted by Washington military personnel who asked him to figure out a technical problem. When he figured it out bombers could build enough speed quickly enough so LT. COL. James Doolittle could reach Japan from a carrier deck. He was a previous commodore of the Sprite Island Yacht off the Norwalk shores and a Norwalk Harbor Master for several years.
He was featured in the April 26th 1958 issue of MARK, a maritime magazine. The article speaks of a Survival Kit program he created for the Norwalk Islands which expanded nationwide. He was awarded the BLAKELEY AWARD, considered by the United States Power Squadron of the time as the NATIONS HIGHEST MARITIME SAFETY AWARD.
He bought and refurbished a 1926 Elco 34' wooden cruiser that was very well known in the cruising range area of Norwalk. Often spending time with his family on the boat at Block Island, Montauk all the way to Cape Cod. He participated in and won several PREDICATED LOG RACES held for area boaters. He became a lifelong member of the U.S. Power Squadron where he taught boating safety to many Norwalk area boaters. He was well known on the waters of L.I. Sound where he cruised, fished and was often S.C.U.B.A. diving. He was known to take the 'Mis Chris' into the eye of the hurricanes that threatened Norwalk preferring to ride out the storm instead of remaining moored.
In his 50s John decided it was time to learn snow skiing. While shopping for a winter coat he came home with a set of skis and equipment for himself and his 2 early teen sons. He became an accomplished skier winning numerous races ranking consistently in the top 3 Nationally in NASTAR competition. As such he won several trips to National competitions in Colorado. He skied the mountains of Vermont into his 80s where he was a friend of and helper at local ski races. An interclub annual race is held in his honor on Okemo Mountain. He bought a piece of land on Okemo Mountain where he built a LARGE home which he utilized to host the Foreign National Ski Teams for area races. The house to stand as a gathering place for friends and family.
There will be a memorial in Ludlow Vermont for his numerous friends there.
Services will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM in Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, November 6th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home.
Published in The Hour on Nov. 5, 2013