John J. "Jack" Backus, Jr, 75, of Enfield, beloved husband of the late Phyllis Backus for 37 years, passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital. The son of the late Walter and Evelyn (Mallinder) Nagel, Jack was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, enlisting in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 through 1968, before making his home in Enfield. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Enfield. Jack enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and will be remembered for his sense of humor, bringing a smile, a laugh, and sometimes an eye roll with his infamous 'Jack Jokes'. Jack is survived by his five children, Kristen Ciechowski and her husband Matthew of Enfield, Robert Backus and his partner Erin of Southwick, MA, Sarah Teschki and her husband Keith of Enfield, Tiffani Wiles of Knoxville, TN, and Carri Ann Backus and her partner Jeff of Enfield. He also leaves three brothers, Walter Nagel, Jr of Middletown, PA, George Nagel of Pittsburgh, PA, and Edward Nagel of Warrenton, VA, one sister, Mary Phillips of Palatka, FL, as well as thirteen grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his best friend Jamie. In addition to his wife, Phyllis, Jack was also predeceased by a son, Jason Bousquet. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave online condolences, please visit www.Leetestevens.com
Published by Hartford Courant on Oct. 4, 2021.