Richard James “Dick” Nowak, 87, longtime resident of Danbury, CT, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Sunday, February 24th after a brief stay at Neighborhood Health Hospice in West Chester, PA.
Dick met Sarah Abraham on a blind date, and they were married in 1956. They made their home in Danbury, raising four daughters. His loving wife, Sarah, passed away in 1987 after 30 years of marriage.
He is survived by his daughters Patricia (Dave) Debski of Newark, DE, Barbara (Stephen) Salvitti of West Chester, PA, Jacqueline (Dave) Taglianetti of Wallingford, CT, and Elizabeth Nowak of Belchertown, MA, his sister, Eleanore Juhnke of Toledo, OH, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Julia Godlewski, Emily Tesznar, Florence Kolodziejczyk, Martha Tucholski, Josephine Matuszewski, and by his brothers Frank, Tom, Raymond, and Eugene.
Born on October 29th, 1931 in Toledo, OH, Dick was the son of Thomas and Rose (Grosek) Nowak, the youngest of their 11 children. He attended Macomber Vocational High School in Toledo, graduating as Class Valedictorian, and he went on to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toledo and earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He perfected his design and drafting skills at a number of manufacturing firms in Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Connecticut, retiring from Amphenol’s RF Connector Division in Danbury. Always a tinkerer, he was a master of small motor maintenance and repair, and he was an expert in packing his college-bound daughters’ belongings into the car, frequently bending the laws of physics.
Dick was a lifelong basketball fan and a talented player, competing throughout his school years and later in various local men’s leagues. He was often asked to share the secrets of his amazing shooting skills. Many hard-fought games of “21” and “horse” were played in his driveway, with Dick almost always walking off the improvised court as the humble victor. He was an avid fan of the UConn men’s and women’s basketball programs. Dick was also a talented golfer, playing in local men’s leagues at Richter Park Golf Course. He became an accomplished runner in later life, participating in a number of 10-k races, sometimes winning his age bracket.
But above all his personal accomplishments, Dick was dedicated to his family. His home-cooked breakfasts were an event, never served without fried eggs and bacon. His grandchildren were always provided with bags of candy upon his arrival at their homes or at the start of every vacation road trip.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
A liturgy service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019 at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown. Family and friends will be received from 12:00 p.m. until service time.
Interment will be at a later date at Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Danbury CT in a private ceremony.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Camilla Hall Nursing Home, c/o Mission Advancement, 230 IHM Dr. Malvern, PA 19355