William S. "Bill" Kaminski

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William S. "Bill" Kaminski, formerly of West Haven CT, passed away 14 Nov 2011 in Cheshire CT. He was the husband of Alberta B. (nee Cox) Kaminski, who passed away in 2003, at age 94. Mr. Kaminski was born in Poughkeepsie NY, 24 Sep 1910, and graduated from Arlington High School as valedictorian. He graduated from New York University's College of Engineering in 1932 on a scholarship, and moved to New Haven CT in 1935, while employed by the New Haven Railroad, as a structural engineer. After WW II he settled in West Haven CT with his family. At the time of his retirement he was a Senior Associate with Pfisterer, Tor & Associates, Consulting Engineers, of New Haven. He served as an officer in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers before, during and after World War II, on active duty from 1941 to 1946. His assignments included military airfield construction in the southern United States, battalion staff officer in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations, and the Projects Section, Headquarters Army Forces Western Pacific - planning for the Olympic Operation (the proposed invasion of Japan), serving in the Philippines, New Guinea, and Japan. After a total of 33 years (1937 to 1970), he retired as a lieutenant colonel, U. S. Army Reserve. Mr. Kaminski had been a director of the American Clock & Watch Museum of Bristol CT, president of the CT Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a director and secretary of the CT Building Congress, a deacon of the First Congregational Church of West Haven, a charter member of the West Haven Rifle and Pistol Club, a member of the Military Officers Assn of America, and a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Until the last few years Bill kept active by hiking in CT and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, shooting competitively with his pistol club and playing bocce. He maintained his home in West Haven until 2001, when he and Alberta moved to the Elim Park retirement complex in Cheshire. He is survived by two sons - Stanley Kaminski (and partner Jennie V. German) of Conroe TX and Perry Kaminski (and wife Juli England) of Mukilteo WA, two grandchildren: Katharine Cowan of Nashville TN and William C. Kaminski of Los Angeles CA, and a great-granddaughter Jane Cowan of Nashville TN. Services were in West Haven CT and burial was in Union Cemetery in Hyde Park NY.
Published on yourconroenews.com from Dec. 7 to Dec. 20, 2011
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