Harry Paul Kaczmarczyk, Jr.

Published on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 18:17


Harry Paul Kaczmarczyk, Jr., 65, of Bristol, passed away on Feb. 1. Harry was born on Nov. 1, 1955, in New Britain, son of the late Harry and Anna (O’Hara) Kaczmarczyk. He is survived by his four daughters: Laura (Keith) Traver of Killingworth, Emily (Ryan) Berry of Westwood, Mass., Samantha Pezzenti, and Annie Kaczmarczyk, both of Plainville, and three sisters: Carol (widow of Wendell Rector) of South Carolina, Paula (Terry) Kendall of Burlington, and Margaret Taylor of Southington. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, James and Grace Traver, and one on the way, Baby Berry, as well as four nieces and nephews, and nine grandnieces and grandnephews. Family was very important to Harry and his favorite moments involved backyard wiffle ball games at family gatherings, “daddy-daughter” days at Lake Compounce, and cheering on his daughters in performances or attending sporting events with them. He spent many summers vacationing at Soundview, Old Lyme, where he loved to take his girls to the arcade and carousel, and enjoy an Italian ice. He particularly loved all things water-related: boating, water skiing, tubing, crabbing, and especially fishing. Growing up as an athlete, sports were central to Harry’s life, particularly baseball. In his younger days, he loved coaching Little League, and more recently, enjoyed attending Bristol Blues baseball games. He played competitive softball, winning many championships, and was also an active golfer. He was an avid Red Sox and N.Y. Giants fan, and loved to cheer on the “Fighting Irish” Notre Dame. Harry spent most of his working life in sales, working for Ro-Brand and Wurth Eastern Fastener. He loved to drive and could tell you how to get anywhere in the state without a map. Later, he worked as a maintenance superintendent. As we often said, “My dad can fix anything.” Harry was an active member of St. Joseph’s Polish Society of Forestville, where he was proud to have helped start a scholarship in honor of his father and served as president in the past. He loved attending their annual Christmas party, first with his daughters, then with his grandkids. In addition to his family, he leaves behind his friends, many of whom were members of St. Joseph’s. Services are private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harry Kaczmarczyk Sr. and Jr. Scholarship Fund, St. Joseph’s Polish Society, 88 East Main St, Forestville, CT 06010.

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 18:17. Updated: Tuesday, 9 February 2021 18:20.