Frank J. Szufnarowski, Jr., formerly of New Britain and Durham, CT, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 (at the Rocky Hill Veterans Hospital). He was born August 13, 1943 to the late Frank Szufnarowski Sr and Genevieve (Zelek) Szufnarowski. Although battling Alzheimer Disease for many years, Frank never lost his sense of humor nor his affection for those close to him. He was the beloved companion of Mary Ann O'Brien of Durham, where he made his home for a happy 13 years. A brother to Mary and Tom Cotta and Jane and Kenny Glasgow. He leaves nieces Maris (Cotta) Richards, her husband Christopher, and their children Devon and Dylan, niece Stephanie Glasgow, nephews Ron Cotta and fiancée Amy Eliades and nephew Brandon Glasgow. He was predeceased by his grandparents John and Margaret Zelek, Joseph and Eva Szufnarowksi, his stepmother Julie (Cebulski) Szufnarowski and many aunts and uncles. Frank proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam era; he worked for years in the printing trade and later in security and office positions. In his later years as an American International Author he published two books of his original poetry, Going with the Flow of Poetry, and the Wisdom of Poetry. Besides being a loyal Red Sox fan since he was a young boy, his many interests included taking college courses, camping, country western dancing growing red maple trees, collecting "mineral stones", going to country fairs, and being a friend to all who knew him. He was a true gentleman whose sparkling blue eyes and gentle smile will be greatly missed. Frank's family would like to acknowledge all of the staff that cared for him at the V.A. Hospital. Their exceptional treatment & compassion were so greatly appreciated we cannot express our gratitude enough. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 7th beginning with visitation at the Kenney- Luddy Funeral Home, 205 S Main St, New Britain, CT at 9:00a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the Church of St. Joseph 195 South Main St, New Britain at 11:00 a.m., and interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery New Britain. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Connecticut, P.O. Box 266, Rocky Hill, CT and indicate Christmas Gift Shoppe on the donation. This fund supports the Christmas Gift Shoppe where veterans can select gifts for their families.