Anthony “Tony” Laskowski, 88, of Bristol, Conn., passed away Friday, June 1st with his daughters and son-in-law by his side. He was the husband of the late Irene (Piascik) Laskowski and son of the late John and Sophie (Szymanski) Laskowski.
Mr. Laskowski was born on Christmas Eve, 1923 in Sag Harbor. He grew up on a farm on Sunset Beach Road and moved to Bristol to work after graduating high school. He met the love of his life, Irene, at a Bristol diner where she was working.
He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the US Army 60th Engineer Combat Battalion as a Corporal in the European Theater. As a construction foreman, specializing in pontoon bridge construction and demolition, he fought at the Battle of the Bulge and the campaigns in Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland.
After the war, he returned to Bristol where he spent the rest of his life. He married Irene in 1948. He worked as a tool and die designer at Landers, Frary & Clark, Ingraham Company, The Stanley Works, Torrington Manufacturing, Associated Spring Corporation, Cooper Thermometer, as well as other companies in Connecticut.
A lifelong member of St. Stanislaus Church, he belonged to the Men’s Organization and the Golden Agers. He loved to be outdoors working in the garden and vacationing at the Long Island beaches. In recent years, he enjoyed driving around town and socializing with his friends over coffee at the local McDonald’s and free donuts at the Price Chopper.
He is survived by his loving daughters Dr. Sharon Laskowski and her husband Prof. Joseph Jaja of Potomac, Maryland; Lynn Laskowski and her husband David Opalenik of Bristol, three grandchildren: Nicole, Claire, and Michael Jaja, his sisters Apolonia Carena of Arizona, Jane Howard of Missouri, and Halina Reister of Southampton, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Edward and his sisters Cecilia Brust and Sr. Marie Dominic (“Zosia”).
The family would like to thank the UConn Health Center ICU physicians and staff for their excellent and compassionate care during the last few days of his life.
Funeral services and burial with military honors were held on June 6 in Bristol, Conn.