Obituary: Walter Nowakowski

Walter Nowakowski

WATERBURY — Walter Nowakowski, of Waterbury, passed away in the early hours of June 10, in the presence of his wife, Doris. He was 90 years old.

Walter was born in Derby and was raised in Seymour by his parents, Anthony and Mary (Kurowski) Nowakowski. He was a working man from the age of 5, selling newspapers and delivering milk to help support his family during the Depression.

Drafted into the Navy during World War II, he served in the Philippines until brought home at the war’s end.

Walter worked as a steamfitter following military service and in 1948, met and married his wife, Doris (Strusinski). Their marriage lasted 68 years until death did finally part them.

In 1978, Walter showed an unrealized entrepreneurial ability, risking much to start his own business, Nova Metal Finishing, a plating job shop in Waterbury. His forthright, open and honest manner convinced many area manufacturers to entrust him with their business. He was president of said firm until his retirement in 1991, though retirement was a vague concept to “Walt” and he maintained a presence as consultant for another 15 years. His innate mechanical ability was invaluable in keeping the business running smoothly. His solutions to problems were always simple, yet elegant.

Walter was a well-read individual, able to discuss myriad topics. He loved to travel with Doris and friends, with multiple trips to Poland, Hawaii, Florida and the western U.S.

Walter loved the outdoors and was blessed with the proverbial “green thumb.” His landscaping bordered on art and the production of his vegetable garden provided sustenance for family and friends. He was a man in tune with nature.

Walter is survived by his wife, Doris; his sons, Bill and Jon with their spouses, Andrea and Darlene; and four grandchildren, Paul, Gary, James and Anna. He was predeceased by his brother, Norman Novakowski.

He left his family a legacy of security and opportunity, for which they will always be grateful.

Family and friends may visit with Walter’s family on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church, 32 Golden Hill St., Naugatuck, and burial with military honors will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Platt Road, Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Little Flower Fund, c/o Blasius Chevrolet, 90 Scott Road, Waterbury, CT 06705, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

To send an online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.