Thomas Joseph Kozlak, 77, died peacefully on Friday May 13, 2022. Born on March 30, 1945, he was the beloved husband of Margaret (Backiel) Kozlak, with whom he shared a beautiful life with for 38 years in Bristol, CT.
Tom was a loving and proud father to his four children, the late Thomas Kozlak (who died shortly after birth), Jonathan Kozlak (Alison Kozlak) of Burlington, CT, Daniel Kozlak of Niantic, CT and Lisa Rettenmeier (Michael Rettenmeier), of Burlington, CT.
Tom is also survived by his cherished four grandchildren, Lauren, Kerry and Julia Kozlak and Benjamin Rettenmeier, who brought unconditional love and happiness into his life. He is also survived by his sister Linda (Kozlak) Hauch and her late husband Eric Hauch, his sister-in-law, Jane (Zacchera) Kozlak, along with several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Norma (Bunn) Kozlak and brother, Charles Kozlak Jr.
Tom grew up in Canton, CT, graduating from Canton High School in 1963, where he was well-known for his athletic ability, specifically basketball and baseball. In his younger years, Tom enjoyed cruising on his motorcycle and in his corvettes. Tom worked at Davis Acoustical and MarJam Supply in Construction Sales, retiring in the spring of 2011. He was a long-time parishioner of St. Gregory Church of Bristol, CT. Tom was an avid golfer his entire life, accomplishing three holes in one. He especially enjoyed playing with his sons and golfing buddies. Tom also enjoyed UConn basketball, the New York Yankees and meticulously taking care of his yard. Above all, Tom was a devoted and amazing family man, whom we were blessed to be loved by.
We will remember Tom’s beautiful blue eyes, his kind heart, and his quiet sense of humor with his funny one-line zingers.
The visiting hours will be Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 4 to 7 PM at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Avenue, Bristol who has the honor of serving Tom’s family. Friends are invited to go directly to St. Gregory the Great Parrish, 235 Maltby St, Bristol on Wednesday morning, May 18, 2022 at 10:30 to attend a Mass of Christian Burial and are also invited to attend the committal service immediately following in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association by visiting lbda.org. To leave an online condolence or to view a remembrance video go to Tom’s memorial page at www.FunkFuneralHome.com
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