Joseph Witkavitch

Joseph Witkavitch, 67, of Stratford, beloved husband of Connie Rockman, died Oct. 27 as a result of a car accident in East Hampton, CT.

Son of Stella Witkavitch of Fairfield and the late Bernard Witkavitch, he was born February 11, 1945 in Bridgeport and raised in Fairfield.

A graduate of Notre Dame High School, he attended classes at Fairfield University and served in the US Navy in the late 1960s. He worked at the Bullard Company, ran his own painting business, and worked for over 20 years at Moore Tool in Bridgeport as a service technician, travelling widely in Asia and Europe for his work. Favorite activities were golf, contra-dancing, biking, and gardening.

Survivors include his son, Jeff Witkavitch of Portland, Maine; stepson, Jon Rockman of San Francisco, CA; stepdaughter Elena Rockman-Blake, her husband Chris Blake, and grandson Michael Blake, 6.

Also surviving are a brother Bernard Witkavitch of Fairfield, sister Christine Loxsom and husband John of New Haven, sister Anne Witkavitch and husband Keith Sagnelli of Bethany and beloved nieces and nephews: Adam, Casimir, and Claire Loxsom and Keegan and Nico Sagnelli.

He is also survived by two aunts, Gertrude Yokstas of Bridgeport and Eugenia Witkavitch Lambert of Methuen, MA and three cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Mary Beth Witkavitch of Franklin, MA.

Two services will be held – a mass Nov. 17 at 11 AM at St. George Parish, 443 Park Ave in Bridgeport and a memorial service Nov. 23 at 11 AM at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Rd in Westport. Friends may call Nov. 16 from 4-7 at the Edmund Dougiello Funeral Home, 36 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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