James T. Koczak
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WESTBROOK - James T. Koczak, of Hammock Point, Westbrook, born Oct. 9, 1938, a devoted husband and loving father, died on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jim was raised in Wallingford, where he met and married his wife of 42 years, Mary Patricia "Patty" Lynch. They had been residents of Southington, for more than 30 years before moving to Westbrook.

He was born Oct. 9, 1938, son of the late Edward J. Koczak, Sr., and Helen Brouillette Koczak, of Wallingford. Jim was a graduate of Lyman Hall High School and the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity. He attended graduate school at The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and The University of New Haven. He was a graduate of the USAF Officer's Training School in Texas, served as Captain during the Vietnam War, and was a much-decorated veteran. He was awarded the HQ 7th AF National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the US Air Force Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star, and a special citation from the Republic of Vietnam for his efforts in designing security plans and systems for the defense of Southeast Asia.

After the war he joined Pratt & Whitney in 1967 as an executive trainee and later became manager of human resources for Pratt's Overhaul and Repair Facility in Cheshire. He retired from Pratt in 1993, but subsequently was director of labor relations for Black & Decker's Corbin Russwin Division in East Berlin, after which he was vice president of human resources for the Ideal Forging Corporation in Southington. Jim retired as president of Ideal Forging Corporation in 2004, and was also a member of the Board of Directors. He had been a member of the Board of Directors of the Southington YMCA and the United Way of Southington.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Lynch Koczak, of Westbrook; their daughter and son-in-law, Meg and Glenn Staubley, of Bristol; their son, Jason Lynch Koczak, of Breckenridge, Colo.; his brother, Edward J. Koczak, Jr., of La Jolla, Calif.; his sisters, Lorraine Moriarty and her husband, Daniel, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Jean A. Koczak, of Encinitas, Calif.; his beloved grandsons, Connor James Staubley and Ian George Staubley; nephews, nieces and cousins.

The family extends its sincere gratitude to the staff at Middlesex Hospital and the Shoreline Clinic in Essex for their professional expertise and compassionate services.

His family will receive relatives and friends Sunday, July 25, from 3 until 7 p.m. in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m., from The Wallingford Funeral Home when the funeral cortege will proceed to Most Holy Trinity Church where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford. Gifts in his memory may be sent to Weiss Hospice Unit c/o Middlesex Hospital Office of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457. www.wallingfordfh.com
Published in The Record-Journal on Jul. 23, 2010.
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August 18, 2010
Lost contact with Jim after college. Never realized what a wonderful life he led until now. You all must be so proud of him. Our prayers are with you, Patty, and your wonderful family.

Norm and Barb Hines
Norm Hines
August 17, 2010
August 17, 2010
August 10, 2010
Dear Patty,
Kris and I just learned about Jim and want you to know that we are both thinking of you and your wonderful family during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you all. Sorry we were not able to be present during the celebration of Jim's life. I especially, have some very fond memories of the many great times we all had together. Some go back to the courting days!
Bill and Kris Gilman
Bill & Kris Gilman
July 29, 2010
Sorry to hear about the loss of a great dad and neighbor.
Tad Landry
July 29, 2010
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Jason Koczak
July 25, 2010

To you and the family, We offer our deepest sympathy. Jim fought the good fight that we all will have to fight sooner our later. May we fight it with the same courage and dignity that he did.

Sean&Susan Meehan
July 24, 2010
My thoughts, prayers and blessings from the Lord go out to Jim's family. He was a great family man who loved them dearly.
Mike Mongillo
July 23, 2010
Meg - So very sorry for the loss of your beloved father. May happy memories comfort you at this difficult time. Please let us know if we can do anything to help.

~Corryne and Jamie
Corryne Hamilton
July 23, 2010
Through Meg's pain of fighting along with her father to conquer this cancer we realized how much strength he found to allow him to enjoy his family so much longer. Patty, we are very sorry for your loss.
Monika and Ed Gnazzo
July 23, 2010
Dear Patty, Meg and Jay,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I'll always remember the kindness Jim did for Michael when Mike was seeking a position at Pratt.
Sincerely, Gloria Palumbo
July 23, 2010
Our thougts and prayers go out to you and all your family at this hard time. May God ease your pain. Lovingly, Maggie & Steve Nesbitt
Maggie Nesbitt
July 23, 2010

Uncle Jim,

I will always cherish the memories at family parties and laughs around the dinner table.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
July 23, 2010
Dear Patty,Offering my deepest sadness for your loss. I am so glad I got to meet Jim again during our recent visits with you in Westbrook. Great photo of Jim with his great smile.
Pauline Lazzari
July 23, 2010
Dear Patty,Megan& Jason I know only too well how heavy your hearts are today. Your Jim fought a long hard battle with a lot of courage. Cling to your wonderful memories of a special Dad and husband.. Jim has been in my prayers for a long time and will continue to be remembered but I will also pray for all of you during this difficult time. Love Diane Lerz
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