Robert Peter Ziolkowski passed away unexpectedly at home at the age of 64 on Aug. 27, 2018. Born on Oct. 21, 1953, he was the son of Chester Ziolkowski, Sr. and the late Mary (Grendzinski) Ziolkowski of New Britain. Rob lived his entire life in New Britain, graduating from Pulaski High School in 1971, and went right on to work at New Britain Machine and then Pratt & Whitney as a machinist. He loved riding his Harley motorcycle and was an avid Red Sox fan, just like his mother. He was waiting for another championship this year, so don’t let him down, guys!
Rob also loved fishing at Highland Lake, spending time with his family and playing cards with his friends who he always talked about. He had a great sense of humor that would bring the house down at the holidays and around the dinner table. He was a big fan of duct tape and could fix anything with it (just ask his nephew Daniel and “Oh those Pikachu Slippers.”) Rob could always be found entertaining the youth in the family creating the “No Secretaries Club” and horror stories of “Aquaman,” which sent the kids screaming, but they always came back for more.
In addition to his father, Rob leaves behind his sister, Margaret Ziolkowski who loved him dearly and with whom he had lengthy daily phone conversations, his three brothers, Chester Jr. and wife, Jodi of Colebrook, Conn., Joseph and wife, Grace of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Thomas of Torrington, all of whom he loved and cherished. He also leaves his adored nieces and nephews, Kellie, Heather, Jonathan, Cassie, Daniel, Patrick, Rachel, Alexis, Jordan, Shawn and Alex, his devoted friends, Lisa, Charlie, Carrie and Erin Boyce, who were all a big part of his family too.
Finally, he leaves many cousins who he grew up with at his grandparents’ house and his fond and devilish memories with Eddie at Plum Island, Mass. Our family lost one of its bright lights today. May he shine down on us from Heaven and look over us. Keep everyone laughing up here Rob and take good care of Mom. We will miss you, brother, more than you will ever know!
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, New Britain. He will be laid to rest beside his mother in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Rob’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org/ct . To share a message of sympathy with his family, please visit us at www.duksa.net