Eugene M. “Gene” Gardecki, 78, of Sandy Hook, formerly of Fairfield and Bridgeport, died February 27, at the Masonicare of Newtown. He was born in Nanticoke, Penn., and grew up in Stratford, graduating from Stratford High School.
He attended the University of Bridgeport and was a member of the KOE Fraternity. He was a veteran of the US Army.
Mr Gardecki was employed at the American Chain and Cable Company until it closed in the mid-1980s. He retired after many years from Helen Keller Middle School in Easton.
His great joy after retirement was filling his days with part-time employment at the arena and ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. He enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially baseball, watching classic movies, and also drawing and sketching.
His wife, Barbara Karacsony Gardecki; his son Andrew, and his wife Martha, of Danbury; his daughter Ruth Simpson, and husband Jay, of Beacon Falls, Mass.; grandchildren Christian, Jakob, and Alexander Gardecki, and Patrick, Victoria, and Sean Skehan survive Mr Gardecki. He is also survived by brothers Gerald and Daniel, and sister Dorothy, all of Stratford; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and an aunt. A brother, Stanley, predeceased him.
A memorial service will take place at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, Newtown, Saturday, March 16, at 11 am. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the VA CT Healthcare System, attention: Voluntary Services, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven CT 06516 or to Masonicare, Attention: Quality of Life Fund, 139 Toddy Hill Road, Newtown CT 06470.