Francis “Fran” Dermott Baranowski, 59, of Danbury and formerly of Stamford, died peacefully, February 17. Born April 29, 1953, in Cambridge, England, he came to the United States in 1957 with his mother, three brothers, grandmother, and uncle, aboard the SS United States, on which he celebrated with his first American Thanksgiving Day meal.
Survivors include his sisters Roseanne Baranowski and Bernadette Pokladowski and her husband, Jack, all of Sandy Hook; his brothers, Michael and wife, Celeste, of Stamford, Stephen of Woodbury, and Bernard of Torrington; uncles, nieces, a nephew, and many cousins and friends. His grandparents; and his parents, Chester and Anna Maria (Foye) Baranowski predeceased Mr Baranowski.
A shy, sweet talking man, he graduated as one of the brightest from Stamford Catholic High School in the class of 1971 and then attended UConn on a scholarship. Illness overcame him in his sophomore year, and he was unable to continue his education.
After years of anguish, his last years were happy and peaceful. His family wishes to thank his many caregivers, especially the staff of the Pope John Paul II Nursing Facility in Danbury, where he received loving care this past year. They treated all of Mr Baranowski’s visitors like family.
His family will miss his loyalty, witty humor, bright smile, and laughter. Mr Baranowski loved his Catholic faith, family, friends, basketball, music, and his harmonica, guitar, and accordion.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place February 22. Interment was at the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Charities, Behavioral Health, Suite 503, 30 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810, attn: M. Glaser; or to www.ccfairfield.org/index.php/donate. Please direct your gift to Behavioral Health.
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