Joseph A. Sekorski

Born: Fri., Apr. 5, 1935
Died: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 12, 2019
Location: Scott Funeral Home, Inc.

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 AM Fri., Dec. 13, 2019
Location: Immaculate Conception Church

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It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Joseph A. Sekorski, born April 5, 1935, who passed away peacefully on December 10, after a brief illness.  Mr. Sekorski, affectionately known as “Chief” since elementary school, served his country and his community as a lifelong resident of Terryville.  He graduated from Terryville High School and entered the United States Air Force, serving in Northern Africa and Morocco, where he was trained in meteorology.  He later served 12 years on the Plymouth Board of Education, 8 years as Chair and on the Building Committee for various schools.  He received the Distinguished Volunteer Award in appreciation of continued community dedication and involvement in 2009.  Mr. Sekorski was employed by the Travelers Weather Service, where he collected data, for the purpose of producing weather forecasts the old-fashioned way by drawing maps and following data.  His forecasts of school snow days were legendary, and more accurate than any media prediction. His later career was spent at The Hartford, retiring after 11 years.   He enjoyed his semi-retirement as a driver for Worhunsky Bus Corp for 12 years, taking his first kindergarten class all the way to graduation.  He was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and attended the World Series parade after their 2013 victory.  His hobbies included lawn games including bean bag toss and he was a member of the American Legion Cribbage League.  A communicant of Immaculate Conception Church, he served as an usher for over 40 years.  In his younger days, he was a member of The Dynamics, where he played a mean stand-up bass, and a pretty good acoustic guitar.  Chief is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Packer Sekorski, and three sons and their families:  David and his wife Jean, Douglas, Katlyn and her husband Jonathan Draper, of Terryville; Gary and his wife Deborah Flis, Rachel and James of Rocky Hill; and Joel and Tina of Harwinton.  He is also survived by brother Walter Sekorski and his wife Karen of Bristol.  He was predeceased by his infant son Douglas and his older brother Henry Sekorski.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9AM on Friday at Immaculate Conception Church, Terryville. A military service will follow.  Relatives and friends may call at the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville Thursday evening from 5 – 8PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the baseball league named in honor of his dear friend and fellow baseball fan, Mike Glowa Baseball League, P.O. Box 169, Terryville, CT 06786.

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mark grodecki
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
Dear Sekorski family,

Mark and I are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know we keep you all in our hearts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy.

Mark and Maryann Grodecki, SC

Colleen and Kathy
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
Sending light and love to all who knew him. He was a wonderful mans with a big heart and a sweet smile.
Colleen and Kathy

Daniel and Michele Plawecki
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
We share the loss and celebrate his place in heaven. The living will miss him...

Robert L Delpha
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
You will be greatly missed. You were a great role model and it was a pleasure to have met you and to be part of my life. To the family members, my condolences from the bottom of my heart.

My sincere condolences,
Robert Delpha

Dave and Cathy Ieronimo
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
To the Entire Sekorski Family,

We are so sorry to hear of Chief’s passing. He is truly a remarkable person who has left a huge impact on many lives. He certainly lived a great life with so many loved ones by his side. He has had a huge impact on so many in our town. We loved seeing him at the Babe Ruth field when our own son was playing. Dave fondly remembers when he and Mike were coaching in the league with Hondo, Chief and everyone else. Please know we hold you all in our thoughts and prayers, he will be missed by many.

Dave and Cathy Ieronimo

Jay Pelchar
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
He was known by so many, and beloved by all.
God bless you Chief.
Jay and Melissa Pelchar

Holly Barnes Dozois
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
To Barbara and the boys -

I was saddened to read of Joe's passing. He was a wonderful man who did such good things with his life and obviously enjoyed his life. May the many memories you all have of him comfort you during this time.

Sincere sympathy,
Holly Barnes Dozois

Mike Packer
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
My condolences to my family in their time of sorrow.

Jay Kolakoski
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Dear Sekorski Family,
We were so sad to hear about the "Chief's" passing. Our most sincere condolences go out to all of you. We have so many fond memories to hold on to.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cathy and Jay Kolakoski

Larry Zeiner
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
A special man with a special connection to all. A life very well lived and to be cherished. Our thoughts and prayers to the Sekorski family and all friends.

Amy and Larry Zeiner

Bill & Anita Hamzy
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Simply put, Chief was one of the best people we've ever had a chance to know. Playing for him and coaching with him in Babe Ruth are memories that will be cherished. Sincere condolences to the entire Sekorski family. It's not an exaggeration to say that Chief was an icon in our community and will certainly be missed. RIP Chief.

Terry Norton-Kerski
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Chief touched many lives; my condolences to the Sekorski family and many friends effected by his passing.

Jean Casner
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019


Jean Casner
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019


Ann Robinson RN & Linda Reed RN
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Dear Sekorski Family,
We had the pleasure of having Joe in the Cardiac Rehab program for the past nine years. He was our tall gentleman that we could always count on for a weather report or update on the Red Sox and occasionally if he liked the music he would sing along. Always so friendly and welcoming to newcomers . We will miss our tall friend the twinkle in his eye the laughter and comradery we all shared during class. I'll especially miss our discussions about the Red Sox , he would always say "its early in the season anything can happen". (Ann)

christine ciarmella
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Dear Barbara and family:
I was so saddened to read of Joe's passing but with so many cherished memories of happy times he will never be forgotten. I am currently out of town so i will not be attending services only know that I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. Chris.

Sue Galinsky
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Joel n family was so sorry to hear about your dad

Sue Piercy
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Barb, my sincerest condolence to you and the whole family. I remember well when I first met him. He was working at the Prospect St. School and he was soooo tall. The gentlest of gentlemen he was truly special. I will not be able to attend services as I live in Plainville now and don't drive or even own a car. Just know you and yours are in my prayers. Will always have a special place in my heart for you and your family. Fill the empty space in your heart with good memories and you will be surprised how fast it fills up.

Mary Harris
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to the Sekorski's Family.
Rest Easy Comrade
Mary Harris
Dept. Vice Commander/Commander of the 6th District
Sr. Vice Commander of Plymouth Post 20; American Legion

Michael and Christine Ieronimo
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
To the entire Sekorski family our deepest sympathies. To a great man and a true gentleman, great memories and fun times. Thank you

Don and Pam Lukaszewicz
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss.

Mark Kugler
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Barbara and Family Sorry For Your Loss

Cathy and Jim Garuti
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Sincerest of condolences to Joe's family. His welcoming smile at Church meant more than words can say....

Mary Donovan Mathes
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. I only met him the few time with my husband Donald but he always had a smile and a glad to see you for me. He will be greatly missed. He loved be involved with sports and the girls and boys were better for knowing he was always there to make sure the Ball was thrown.... God Bless

Phil Brown
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
I went to work for the Travelers Research Center in 1963, and Joe was one of the first people that I met. Joe and I worked together for many years after that time, bound by a common goal of developing mathematical models of the atmosphere. Joe was a meteorologist-turned-programmer who entered the computer-programming field in its infancy. As he progressed in his work, he was eventually charged with operating a very complex model of the atmosphere and ocean. When the model was to be modified, Joe would always remind our team of the pitfalls lurking in the program. Our professional bond became a bond of close friendship as well. Many of us respected Joe for his views on life. Joe was a commonsense, good-hearted person with high moral standards. He had a wonderful family, and my wife Sally and I have always been fond of them. In the changing times of the 60's and 70's, Joe remained steadfast in his beliefs and was always a model of decency. I admired him. So long, Joe.

Marshall Atwater
   Posted Fri December 13, 2019
Angela and I were so saddened when we saw Joe’s name this morning. I met Joe and Barbara when I joined the Travelers Research Center in 1962 and we worked closely for nearly 20 years on meteorological models using computers. We often had to learn new ways in the new field of computers. It was always a pleasure to interact with Joe. Sincere condolences to Barbara and the entire Sekorski family.

Sherry Zeiner
   Posted Fri December 13, 2019
Please accept my deepest sympathy at the passing of Joe. Barb and he were old friends from many years passed. As is usual we all loose contact as we go our separate ways and destinations in life however you never forget the friends of our youth.

Karen Huff
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
I feel that we were so lucky to live in a neighborhood like ours... I remember babysitting for Joel... We all grew up together on that hill and there are so many memories. Baseball, pool parties, sledding in the winter from your backyard, to ours, and then to the Bordeau's fields, Halloween parties. Everyone's back yard was our playground. Your mom and dad were always there, for every gathering, for every sad event. Your dad came to visit mom every day when she was sick... he and I would work on the crossword puzzle together, saying it took both of us to finish it. He came not just for mom, but for all of us at that sad time. He was a rock, your Chief, for all of us. He will be greatly missed up on that hill we call home.

Michael D Rybak
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
To the Chief's Family:
Please accept our sincere sympathy. The boys enjoyed playing for the Chief and Joel. We will all miss him. The Rybak Family

Betty E Fries
   Posted Tue December 17, 2019
To the Family of Joseph A. Sekerski, Lt. Shea VFW Auxiliary to VFW Post 201 of Waterbury, Ct. want you to know that your loved one is in our thoughts and prayers. We thank him for his service. Betty Fries, President

Tom Pyrzenski
   Posted Thu December 26, 2019
To all the Sekorski family..

Our deep condolences to your entire family whom we have know for a very long time.

Leslie A Lyga
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
To the Sekorski Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Sekorski was a very special person and his contributions to our town are remembered and appreciated. He was always a happy & cheery person to see. Your family was always kind with mine. May God give you all strength as you continue your lives. Vichnaya Pamyat (Eternal Memory)