John J. Kulowiec
1934 - 2020
BORN
1934
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Bosak Funeral Home
453 Shippan Avenue
Stamford, CT
John J. Kulowiec
John (Josh) J. Kulowiec, 86, a longtime resident of Darien passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020 after battling cancer. He was born in Stamford on March 5, 1934 to the late John Kulowiec and Sophie (Nachilly) Kulowiec.
John was a graduate of St. Basil's Prep, Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport. After graduating from Fairfield University, he served in active duty in the U.S. Army for three years and in reserve duty for an additional three. He was an outstanding athlete, excelling in both baseball, with his wicked fastball, and in basketball, with his unstoppable hook-shot. John played for St. Basil's, Fairfield University, the U.S. Army while stationed overseas and locally, here in Stamford, in the Twilight league and on numerous church and company teams.
He had a long 39-year career with Pitney Bowes as a financial administrator until his retirement in 1997. He was always looking to lend a helping hand, a smile or a quick joke, whether at Church, around the neighborhood, on the basketball court as a CYO coach, with the PB Retirees or the Golden Oldies or with anyone he would meet on his daily walks.
John was a devoted and caring husband of 52 years to his beloved wife, Blanche Kulowiec, who predeceased John in 2012, and was a loving and supportive father, grandfather and uncle. He is survived by his two sons, Thomas G. Kulowiec of Sturgeon, MO and David Kulowiec and his wife, Sarah Jorquera, of Pound Ridge, NY, by his two grandchildren, Catherine and Peter Kulowiec and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister Emily Symeon and her spouse Charles and by his four brothers and their spouses: Stanley and Anna, Joseph and Jane, Walter and Ella and Edmund and Josephine Kulowiec, each of whom he loved dearly.
John was a true gentle-man. His strong faith, devotion to his family, commitment to service and unselfishness were an outstanding example and inspiration to many who knew him.
His family welcomes all friends and relatives on Friday, December 4th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bosak Funeral Home & Cremation, 453 Shippan Avenue, in Stamford. Given the current COVID situation, the family completely understands those who would prefer to participate in spirit rather than in person. Rosary Prayers will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. which will be live streamed for family and friends to attend virtually. To attend, please select "webcast video" on John's obituary at www.bosakfuneralhome.com.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 325 Washington Blvd., in Stamford. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery, 66 Woodland Place, in Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to any of these three charities that John supported: Catholic Charities USA, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Covenant House; as well as the American Cancer Society.
John's family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Bosak Funeral Home & Cremation, 453 Shippan Avenue, Stamford, CT. If you would like to leave a condolence message online, please visit the family guestbook to share memories with his family at www.bosakfuneralhome.com or www.facebook.com/bosakfuneralhome.


Published by Stamford Advocate on Dec. 1, 2020.
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4
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
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453 Shippan Avenue, Stamford, CT
Dec
4
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453 Shippan Avenue, Stamford, CT
Dec
5
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Holy Name of Jesus Church
325 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT
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Thinking of you Tom and your family this holiday season. May God bless all of you.
Terri Atterberry
November 25, 2021
Thomas and David,
My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
John was one of the kindest, most genuine, and caring individuals I have ever met. His faith resonated in everything he did and he was my father's dearest friend for his entire life. He was there for my mother to assist after my father's passing and was always willing to lend a hand no matter the time of day. I heard great stories of him from my father about his basketball years and enjoyed seeing him at the Holy Name Communion breakfasts and masses when I was younger.May he rest in peace as I know God has a special place for a man who has done such wonderful things for so many people.

God Bless.

John Smyth
Sarasota, FL
John Smyth
Friend
December 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to the entire Kulowiec family. The Good Lord welcomes a new saint in Paradise with open arms. Mr. John Kulowiec, or “Coach,” to his Holy Name CYO basketball players, was an inspiring and respected man. He always had time for others, exhibited the greatest amount of patience, never lost his temper, and maintained the utmost humility. He was a devout and pious person.
Coach held his Holy Name CYO basketball players accountable. He knew the game and imparted his wisdom to us. He gave us valuable one-on-one instruction. As an assistant basketball coach at the junior CYO level and the head coach at the senior CYO level, Mr. Kulowiec guided his players over a stretch of seven to eight years. He imbued us with teamwork, toughness, perseverance, commitment, grit, and sportsmanship. He molded us into men and made us better versions of ourselves. He served as a role model in every facet of our lives. We will miss you, Coach. God bless you and thank you for everything you gave our community.
Paul Cal
Family
December 4, 2020
Deepest condolences on your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all.

Michael, Robin, Anthony and Nicholas Portanova
Michael Portanova
December 4, 2020
I didn't have an opportunity to really know your dad, but I feel honored to have met him and shared a meal together while he was in Missouri visiting. I pray that he and your mom are reunited in heaven with their families. May The Holy Family comfort your family during this time and bring you peace.


Gina Lascuola
Friend
December 4, 2020
With deepest sympathy, the Kryspin Family
Tess Kryspin
Friend
December 2, 2020
We at the PB Employees' Federal Credit Union will Never forget You.
Bruce & Josie Irish
Coworker
December 2, 2020
Terri Atterberry
December 2, 2020
Dear Thomas & David,
Your dad's passing puts a void in everyone's life. I knew him personally only a brief moment, although throughout my years I was acquainted with his appearance from our parish home, Holy Name of Jesus and Pitney Bowes (as a young girl for my brother's paper route). Our Religious Ed program brought us into one accord as he taught my four children & then as a fellow catechist. He was a source of wisdom and I will truly miss this gift of his. The Kingdom of God with all the angels and saints are praising our fellow man for his pious love and devotion to what it means to be Catholic.
Monika Pawlik Twal
Friend
December 2, 2020
Sincere sympathy to John's survivors. He left a fine legacy. May he rest in peace. Blessings to all.
The Barosky Family
Friend
December 1, 2020
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