In Loving Memory of
John Joseph Gwiazdowski, Jr.
March 12, 1926 – April 6, 2017
John J. Gwiazdowski, 91, was born in Lebanon, CT to John J. and Mary (Jorczak) Gwiazdowski, Sr. of Versailles-Lisbon, CT. He grew up in Norwich, CT and was a long-time resident of Waterford, CT.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Edith May (Edwards), younger brother Joseph, stepson Jimmy and stepdaughter Patricia (Collins). John was also preceded in death by his longtime friend Elizabeth Ann Gentile of Norwich, CT.
John is survived by and will be missed by his younger brother Raymond, son John Paul and his wife Beverly of Waterford, his daughter Barbara and her husband Brian K. Chamberlain of Dayton, Ohio, and sister-in-law Joan R. Gwiazdowski of Norwich, CT. He will also be missed by his granddaughter Karen Chamberlain of Dayton, Ohio as well as grandson Matthew and his wife Christine Chamberlain of Dayton, Ohio and several additional step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. John was also a great-grandfather to Beverly and Elizabeth Chamberlain of Dayton, Ohio.
John served in the US Navy during WW2 and the Korean War as a Radio/Communications Specialist. Upon leaving military service he went to work for Gulf-BP-Texaco Oil and then began a long career at Whaling City Ford where he worked for 42 years. During his lifetime, he was volunteer member of the Cohanzie Fire Department where he also served on the Board of Directors and as a Captain of the Fire Police. John and his beloved dog Shadow, as well as Elizabeth Gentile and her beloved dog Dorabell, were companion therapy teams. John was an avid gardener, fisherman, model train enthusiast, and sportsman.
Family will receive friends beginning at 9 A.M. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, followed by a memorial service conducted by Captain Jose Borrero of The Salvation Army at 10 AM at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT 06320. Interment will be in Jordan Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory can be made to St. Jude Hospital or Connecticut Humane Society.
Please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com to share a condolence for the family or to view John's tribute video.