Adam Kajda of Harwich, Massachusetts, died peacefully on February 27, 2021. Adam was born on May 1, 1927 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to the late Mary Jozefczyk Kajda, born in PA, and Adam P. Kajda born in Russia. Adam graduated from G.A.R. High School in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he enjoyed playing the trumpet in the high school band. After graduation, he was proud to join the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He was sent to the Invasion of Okinawa, serving 18 months in Okinawa and 6 months in China. He received the Bronze Star in addition to the Medal for Valor, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the China Service Medal. While in China, he had the privilege of meeting General Chiang Kai-Shek. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he made his home in Windsor, CT until being called back into service for the Korean War, for which he received the National Defense Medal. It was during that time that he met the love of his life, Lauretta Jorgensen, who he married on February 9, 1950. He was honorably discharged from serving in the Navy Seabees in 1952. He returned to civilian life in Windsor, CT, where he and Lauretta lived until retiring to Cape Cod in 1995. He was employed as a firefighter by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, as Fire Chief of the Combustion Engineering Naval Reactors Division in Windsor, as a manager at Emhart Glass Machinery Group in Windsor, and as manager for Harvest Hill Package Stores in Hartford County. It was in that position that he developed extensive knowledge of the wine industry. In 1979, Adam and Carl A. Horne formed Windsor and Avon Wine and Spirit Company, which acquired and operated wine and liquor stores in CT. Adam was predeceased by Lauretta, the love of his life, who died on February 11, 2020, after 70 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by a sister and a brother. He is survived by four children and their spouses: Linda Kajda of Harwich, MA, who was her parents' caregiver in the later years of their lives; Sharon K. Horne of Tampa, FL and Nantucket, MA, widow of the late Carl A. Horne; Stephen P. Kajda and his wife, Barbara, of Ocala, FL; and Lynne Luzusky and her husband, David, of West Suffield, CT. He is also survived by four granddaughters and their spouses: Melissa Horne and her husband, Alex Daigle, of Daniel Island, SC; Jennifer Horne of Charleston, SC; Kelly Luzusky of Windsor Locks, CT; and Heather Wilson and her husband, Ryan Wilson, of Windsor Locks, CT. Adam is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Liam Daigle of Daniel Island, SC and Riley Wilson of Windsor Locks, CT. He also leaves a second cousin, Stephen Siecko, and his wife, Regina, of White Haven, PA and several nieces: Susan McAllister of Colebrook, CT; Heidi Capodanno of Morris, CT; and Hollie Johnson of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves several friends in Cape Cod and CT. Adam was very proud of his family and was always there to lend a helping hand by doing odd jobs including painting and carpentry. He and Lauretta loved and looked forward to hosting large family gatherings. He also enjoyed growing and tending to vegetable gardens every spring/summer and had been busy planning his 2021 garden. He was a member of the American Legion Post 347. Adam loved dogs and had the pleasure of owning many during his lifetime. He leaves behind Millie and Puppet. Adam requested that any donations in his memory be made to help animals at the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06001 and/or MSPCA-Angell, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. At Adam's request, he will be cremated. After Lauretta's death, Adam and his children designed a memorable double urn to house their ashes. As a result of COVID, a joint Celebration of Life for Adam and Lauretta, along with a military honors service for Adam, will be held in Nantucket, MA at a later date in 2021.
Published in Hartford Courant on Mar. 4, 2021.