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76 Prospect Street
Rockville-Vernon, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 875-5490
Fax: (860) 872-8200
John Foscolos

John George Foscolos Sr.

Saturday, February 17th, 1934 - Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
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John George Foscolos Sr., 86, of Broad Brook, CT passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital on December 9, 2020 after a short but valiant battle against various health complications including Lymphoma. John was born in New York City on February 17, 1934 to Stamatia and Athanasios Foskolos (immigrants from Greece). He attended Samuel Gompers High School and was an Honors Graduate of the University of Bridgeport School of Engineering. As a teenager, he loved electronics and worked at a local radio and TV store repairing radios and installing the new technology televisions for customers. John served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955, and was stationed in Korea in 1953 maintaining Ground Control Approach Radar equipment allowing F-86 jets to land safely in foggy weather after returning home from the war zone. While training as a radar technician in Biloxi, MS, he participated in the base boxing tournament and won the Welterweight Championship in 1952. He attended college after serving, graduated in 1960, and worked at Univac, Honeywell Computers, Echlin Manufacturing, and Gerber Scientific over his career. John had several professional accomplishments related to electronic smart bombs, helicopter gas turbines, early electronic computer equipment, and ignition systems.



John married Rose Occhipinti in 1954 and they had two children, Mary Anne and John Jr., before graduating from Engineering school. While at Gerber Scientific, he met the love of his life (John’s words), Kim, who shared his passion for boating and skiing. They had a boat for 15 years, and cruised the CT River, Long Island Sound, and to Block Island, plus took many large ship cruises in various parts of the world. John was a member of the Mt. Laurel Ski Club for many years and they skied in New England, the Midwest, and Europe.



John was formerly President of the Parish Council of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Enfield and then a member of the Parish Council of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Luke in East Longmeadow. He was a kind and thoughtful person traveling several times to CA and FL to help his sisters when emergencies came up. He also was a strong believer in education and encouraged his children and grandchildren to pursue their dreams.



Along with his wife Kim of over 30 years and feline companion Peekaboo, he leaves his daughter Mary Anne, son John Jr. and his wife Mary, their two children Holly and Nikki, all of SC; sisters Anna Tzinakos of NY and Kitty Petrantis of TX, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom he loved so much. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Soterios and Stamatios, sisters Sophie Bewick, Alexandria Sanchez, Mary Kastle, Bessie Herzog. He will be missed by his family and close friends.



A Funeral Service will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Luke in East Longmeadow, MA at 10am on Monday, December 14, 2020. Burial will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in East Windsor, CT. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines. Family and friends are invited to the graveside service or to ‘drive by’ after the service to receive a token of the family’s appreciation. The Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com.
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  • Service

    Monday, December 14th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, December 14th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Luke
    Address
    400 Prospect St.
    EAST LONGMEADOW, MA 01028
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  • Interment

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    St. Catherine's Cemetery
    Address
    Rye Street
    EAST WINDSOR, CT CT
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Ann, Harriet & Robert

Posted at 10:00pm
"John Foscolos" brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him! He will remain in our hearts forever. With caring thoughts.

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Posted at 12:51am
Kim so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength to go through this very difficult time .We are all missing him.May he Rest In Peace.

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annealden

Posted at 08:56am
Dear Kim
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will John's "always smiling face" and Sunday River will not be the same with out him.
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Marilyn Drew

Posted at 04:38pm
my condolences to John's family
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Jean Palazzi

Posted at 11:12am
Sorry for your loss, Remember skiing and good times at Sunday River.
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