Obituary: John “Dzia” Pijski, 92, of Fairfield

John “Dzia” Pijski

John “Dzia” Pijski

John “Dzia” Pijski age 92 of Fairfield, born in Stanislaw, Poland to Lucas and Helen Pijksi. A World War Two veteran of the 2nd Corp Motorized Division of the Polish Command-Warsaw. Veteran of The Battle of Monte Casino where he was awarded two gold Gold Stars for valor and distinguished service.

Post-war, John settled in Wales where he worked as an Ambulance Driver for Penley Polish Hospital No. 3. It was here that he would meet the love of his life, Wladyslawa, in 1947. They married shortly thereafter on Oct. 30, 1948 at the Cathedral of Wrexham in Wales.

John arrived the USA aboard the H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth and moved to Manchester, New Hampshire in 1952 before relocating to the East side of Bridgeport, CT the same year. He found work at Bridgeport Brass and J. Lucas and Son before transferring to Lacey Manufacture. At Lacey, John worked his way up to Supervisor of Maintenance, a position he maintained with pride for 27 years up until his retirement, 1/31/1988.

He had a love of playing dominos with his family and rarely lost. He also loved the sport of soccer, WWE wrestling (John Cena), his garden and defending it from varmints, and spoiling his “grand dogs” Marley and Bella.

He leaves behind his loving wife Wladyslawa of 66 years, his daughter Christine DiNardo and Husband Salvatore. His granddaughter Jeanne McKenney and husband Sean, and granddaughter Lauren DiNardo. He also leaves his great grandchildren Ryan and Brynn McKenney. He was predeceased by his son John Pijksi.

During his ninety-two years, John was the embodiment of a hard working family man. He made an indelible impression on everyone he met, and will forever be remembered for his huge heart, humor, stories, and perhaps just a hint of stubbornness. He will most certainly be missed.

His family would like to thank his home aid Czesia, Dr. Jennifer Ju for their compassion and care. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at 11am in St. Michael the Archangel Church followed by interment in St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford. Calling hours will take place on Wednesday morning from 10am until time of service in the Frank Radozycki and Sons Funeral Home, 305 Pulaski St. Bridgeport directly across from St. Michael’s Church.

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