Henry John Jurkiewicz, of New Britain, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at the age of 74. Born in Neukrug, Germany, to the late Kazimierz and Stefania (Sikora) Jurkiewicz, he and his family moved to New Britain in 1956. Henry attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1963. Henry honorably served in the U.S. Army with his late brother, George, in the late 1960s and received the Army of Good Conduct and the National Defense Service Medal ribbons.
Henry worked at The Stanley Works and Cold Metal Products for many years until retirement. Upon his retirement, he followed a lifelong dream of starting his own business with a close friend. Henry had the mind of a statistician which so nicely complemented and undoubtedly fostered his interest in history and sports, and was an avid NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. He was also a member of the Spartans Veterans AC, American Legion Post 68, and Moose Lodge 183, where his wonderful sense of humor made many friends.
Henry was naturally curious and could talk to a friend or stranger for hours, listening to their life experiences, absorbing some new aspect of life or the world and was sincerely interested. He, himself had countless stories, life events, and observations, which he was always willing to share. Henry was a devoted father and uncle, genuinely proud of the family and friends who surrounded him and will remain forever young in our hearts and memories.
He is survived by his most treasured daughter, Amy Wick and her husband, Peter, his niece, Tracey Calvo and her husband, Joseph and her stepson, Michael, his niece, Nicole Jurkiewicz, and her children, Kai and Abby Rich as well as friends too numerous to mention. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain. A time of brief visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, beginning at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, New Britain. He will be laid to rest beside his brother, George in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In recognition of his dedication and service to his country, Military Honors will be rendered at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider helping military families by donating to the Fisher House at www.fisherhouse.org . To share a message of sympathy with Henry’s family, please visit us at www.duksa.net .