Henryk A. J. Lojewski, 93, of New Britain, passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at his home. Born in New Britain, son of the late Florian and Leokadja (Kosakowska) Lojewski, both of his parents emigrated from Poland to the U.S. Henryk's father was a U.S. Army veteran who served overseas during World War I.
While attending local schools, Henryk was inducted into the U.S. Army on Nov. 10, 1943. He entered active service on Dec. 1, 1943. He received basic training as a member of the recently reactivated 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment at Camp Butner, N.C. The following year, the regiment was moved to Fort Benning, Ga., and Henryk was selected for transfer to Camp Picket, W.V. After completing additional training, he was sent to Fort Mead, Md., Camp Shanks, N.Y., and to Germany, where he joined the 104 Timber Wolf Division. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Ile de France, which prior to the war was a French luxury ocean liner.
After the war, he withdrew with trench foot and after stays in the hospital in Belgium and England, was sent to the U.S. He was discharged on Aug. 6, 1945, with the Combat Infantry Badge. He then married the late Anne (Woszczyna) Lojewski on Aug. 5, 1950, in St. Casimir Church in Posen, Mich. She also served in the U.S. military during World War II. With the help of Anne, he then graduated from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Henryk was employed by P & WA for 34 years and retired as a group leader in the Metal Joining Development Group in Exp. Construction in 1987. He was a member of a team which introduced and subsequently developed an application for the manufacture of major rotating engine parts utilizing the electron beam and inertia welding process.
During his retirement, he enjoyed pencil drawing, specifically portraits, and attending art classes at the New Britain Senior Center. He was predeceased by two sisters, Maryanna, and Mildred Peck. A loving father, he leaves his daughter, Christine Jones and her husband, David of New Britain. He also leaves a niece, Carolyn Primm of Ohio, a nephew, Gary Peck of Colorado, and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, New Britain. He will be laid to rest with military honors in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the New Britain Senior Center, 55 Pearl St., New Britain, CT 06051, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To share a memory with his family, please visit us at www.burritthill.com .