Gustaw Jaklik, 85, of Bristol, died in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.
Born in Poland to the late Tadeusz and Helena Jaklik, as a young man, he served in the Polish Army and then immigrated to the U.S. in 1963 with his family. Gus was employed by Stanley Tools as a foreman and retired after 35 years of dedicated service never missing a single day of work, an accomplishment he was extremely proud of.
Gus enjoyed fixing things and spent free time in his garage working on car engines and tinkering with various projects. He was a loyal friend; and always found a way to become someone’s friend seeing the good in everyone. Gus was very social and outgoing and relished being in the company of others. He was hardworking and tirelessly provided for his family whom he loved immensely. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Left to mourn his passing is Kazimiera, his beloved wife of 63 years; his son, Wallace Jaklik and wife Maribeth; his daughter, Grace Jaklik and husband Mark Kirschner; his adored grandchildren who fondly called him Dziadziu: Ryan, Austin, Rachel, Gabriel and Ross; his brother, Marian Jaklik; his former son-in-law, George Nunes; his sister-in-law, Helena Jaklik and several nieces and nephews both in the U.S. and in Poland. In addition to his parents, Gus was predeceased by his brother, Zygmunt Jaklik.
Funeral services are under the care of the Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the ICU staff of THOCC-New Britain, the staff of Seasons Hospice and the staff of Autumn Lake Health Care New Britain for all their compassionate care and support provided to them and to Gus. Your kindness is appreciated more than words can express. A Celebration of Gustaw’s Life will be held once it is safe to gather. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in his name to www.alz.org . To share a message of sympathy with his family, visit www.duksa.net