Joseph S. "Ski" Bajek
1929 - 2020
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Joseph "Ski" Bajek, 91, of Newington died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Joe was born in Baczyna, Poland in 1929. He came to America at age five and grew up in New Britain. Later he enlisted in the Navy where he flew in dirigibles and served during the Korean War on the USS Wright. He attended CCSU where he received his Masters and 6th degree. Joseph was a teacher at Newington High School for 37 years; he taught graphic arts and driver's education, built and started the first track and field team as well as coached gymnastics. He was a member of the Gwiazda Dance group at the Polish American Home in Hartford and the Polish American Club. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3884. Joseph was an avid bowler and enjoyed golf and traveling, and was a huge Yankees and New York Giants fan. His friends and family knew him for his sense of humor and amazing card tricks, especially "Sam and Joe". He also volunteered for The Special Olympics; St. Mary's Church, taught 55 Alive courses for seniors and taught woodshop at the Senior Center. He was also a Eucharistic Minister for St Mary's Church, where he distributed communion to people in nursing homes and some house-bound residents of Newington. He was honored for his volunteer work by the Bishop and while visiting the Vatican had an audience with the Pope. He is predeceased by his parents Adam and Katherine Bajek of New Britain and his sister Genia Skovran. He leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Beverly and his three children; Karen Bajek, of East Hampton, Robert Bajek of Findley, Ohio, and Linda Bajek of Marlborough, along with his grandchildren Steven and Britany Bajek. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation in his name to The Special Olympics of Connecticut, Shriners Hospital, or Feeding America. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 626 Willard Ave., Newington. He will be lovingly laid to rest in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. Duksa Family Funerals Home at Newington Memorial, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington is assisting the family. To share a memory with Joe's family, please visit us at www.duksa.net

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Published in The New Britain Herald on Sep. 19, 2020.
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September 21, 2020
Your teaching in Newington High School's room 413 has stuck with me throughout my life. You helped me get my first job in the trade which eventually lead to me teaching graphics technology for 20 years now. May you rest in peace.
Robert Martinchek
Student
September 21, 2020
I have such fond memories of Mr Bajek when I attended Newington High School in the 60’s. Such a fine and cheerful man! Rest In Peace sir.
Jim Pasqurell
Student
September 20, 2020
Thank you for your pioneer contributions to the Newington gymnastics program in the early ‘60’s. Blessings and RIP.
Tom Pillion
Student
September 20, 2020
Linda and Family
I am so sorry about your dad’s passing. May you find strength and comfort in the wonderful memories of him, no and in the days ahead.
Colleen Mills
Coworker
September 20, 2020
To Mrs. Bajek and family,
Mr. Bajek was a special teacher and friend. His contributions to the Newington school system, his church and the community of Newington are immeasurable. We extend our Heartfelt Sympathy to you and your family and will remember him with fondness.
Newington High School Class of 1960
Verne-Marie Kozak
Student
September 19, 2020
Mr. Bajek, will always be remembered as a great teacher and friend of our class. He will always be with us.
Newington High School Class of 1961
Newington high school class of 1961
Student
September 20, 2020
With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.
Newington Memorial Funeral Home Duksa Family Funeral Homes
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