John D. Osipa

Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 15:27


John D. Osipa, 86, of New Britain passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 15, 2022. He was born in New Britain on Jan. 11, 1936, son of the late Walter and Mary (Orzol) Osipa. He attended Sacred Heart School and after graduating from New Britain Senior High School in 1955, John entered a toolmaker apprenticeship at Landers, Frary and Clark.

He took a leave of absence in 1958 to join the U.S. Army, where he served overseas in Germany, and was honorably discharged in 1960. When John returned from the military, he completed and graduated from his apprenticeship. He then joined the Composite Machine and Tool Company in New Britain that Joseph J. Orzel, his uncle, had founded in 1961. He was a gifted machinist and toolmaker and had a successful career until his retirement in 2000.

John was a religious man, a proud parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in New Britain. He spent many years fishing Long Island Sound on his boat and visiting the cabin that he built in Vermont. He was a humble man, and loved learning, fun adventures, and family parties.

He is survived by his extended family, Henry and Carol Osipa of East Hampton, Dolores Dobrzynski of Newington, Paul and Christine Orzel of Old Lyme, Philip and Margaret Orzel of Southington, Kateri (Owsiak) Pilon of Canton, Anastazia Owsiak of West Hartford, Kasmira Owsiak of Plainville, and Jason Selmont of Washington, D.C. He was predeceased by his best friend and hunting buddy, Kenneth Provost, his parents, and many other beloved family members.

John: We learned so many things from you. Your wisdom, quiet nature, and dry wit will be missed by many, especially those closest to you.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Duksa Family Funeral Homes at Burritt Hill, 332 Burritt St., New Britain on Friday, Sept. 23rd from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, New Britain, at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Sessions Woods, c/o Sessions Woods WMA, P.O. Box 15550, Burlington, CT 06013-1550. To share a condolence or memory of John, please visit .

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 15:27. Updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2022 15:29.