Henryk Kryszak of New Britain, Conn., passed away on March 7, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Helena (Gocala) Kryszak, who died in 1984. They were married for 33 years. Born in Warsaw, Poland, on Feb. 14, 1923, son of the late Walenty and Kazimiera (Szczepanska) Kryszak, he was raised and educated in Poland, receiving his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow in 1951. He immigrated to the United States in 1960 for a better life, after his late wife, a U.S. citizen, experienced some reprisals from the communist regime. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1964. Upon arriving in the U.S., he joined the Engineering Department at Atlantic Aerospace in Newington Conn., where he worked until his retirement in 1992, after 32 years of service. In 1967 he received the equivalent of an American Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York.
In 1985 he remarried to Aleksandra Stawicka. Besides his second wife, he leaves two daughters, Eva Kryszak Barstow and her husband, Dan Barstow, of Stow, Massachusetts, Joanne Iwona Kryszak Rubano and her husband, Matthew Rubano, of Madison Conn., and two granddaughters, Julia and Amanda Rubano. He also leaves two stepdaughters, Maria Trzcionkowska and her husband, Marek, and Malgorzata Kozlowska and her husband, Wieslaw, in Poland, four step-granddaughters, Agata Kurcz, Katarzyna Lekarczyk, Ewa Ochab and Aleksandra Trzcionkowska and five step-great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Polish Falcons, Nest No. 88 in New Britain, and the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York. An avid bridge player, he also loved the game of tennis as a player and spectator. He was a longtime parishioner of Holy Cross Church in New Britain.
A time of visitation will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by his funeral liturgy at 11 a.m. in Holy Cross Church, 200 Farmington Ave., New Britain. He will then be laid to rest beside his first wife in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Church. For directions or online messages, please visit www.newbritainsagarino.com .