October 21, 1937December 31, 2020

John Ciszewski, 83, beloved husband of Ann Marie (nee Radomski) for 60 years, of East Hartford, CT, passed away on December 31, 2020 at St Francis Hospital, Hartford, after a brief and sudden illness.

Known to all as Jack, he was born on October 21, 1937 in Buffalo, NY to the late Matthew Ciszewski and Bertha Kolasz. He graduated from the State University of New York, Buffalo in 1959 and was a career employee of Travelers Insurance Company, retiring in 1993 after over 30 years.

Jack and his young family left their home community near Buffalo in 1969, settling in East Hartford in 1977 after brief tours through several southern New England towns, including Enfield and Ellington in CT and Peabody, MA. He was completely devoted to Ann Marie, his high school sweetheart, and their family of four children.

Jack was known for his irrepressible sense of humor and didn’t hesitate to share his favorite jokes and stories at any opportunity, whether at parties or family gatherings. He loved the good things in life: travelling, a good meal out, and of course, a very dry martini. He and Ann Marie were lifelong bowlers, members of and award-winners in leagues throughout the northeast for over six decades.

He was an avid golfer right up until the end and could be found walking the fairways at many local courses, Tallwood in Hebron being his favorite, where he carded a hole-in-one on #3. He was a fixture in the Tallwood clubhouse for many of his retirement years, working as the starter and befriending everyone who entered. He was proud of having shot his age just this summer.

He spent several summers influencing the lives of young men as a favorite coach of a senior league baseball team in Ellington, instilling the values of sportsmanship and fair play and an appreciation for the discipline of hard work, sprinkled with an appropriate dose of competitiveness and fun.

In addition to Ann Marie, he is survived and will be dearly missed by his sons, Michael and his wife Christina Best of Washington, DC and London, England; Christopher and his wife Marilyn of Vernon, CT; Joel and his wife Pamela of San Mateo, CA; and his daughter, Julie and her husband Thomas Rooney of Manchester, CT. Jack has eight grandchildren: Justin Ciszewski, Megan Fitzgerald, Sean Moyer, Kevin Rooney, Shannon Stadalnik, Theodore Ciszewski, Madeleine Cox, and Caroline Best; and two great grandchildren: Logan Moyer and Olivia Fitzgerald. Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home 318 Burnside Ave. East Hartford, CT. 06108 are assisting the family. To sign the online guestbook go to

There will be no services at this time; donations may be made in Jack’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.



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Effie Stamoulos

January 14, 2021

Jack was a great man and I’m deeply saddened by his passing. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with all of the Ciszewski family. May you find comfort in your memories of him and may his memory be eternal.

Ben Wasielewski

January 11, 2021

We are sad to hear that Uncle Jack passed. It was always exciting when Mom and Dad used to be able to take us to Hartford to see all the family. Uncle Jack was a big reason why I got involved with golf as much as I am today. (Remembering hitting the practice golf balls on the side lawn). Uncle Jack and family will be in our thoughts and prayers.


Ben, Cindy, and Ava Wasielewski

Gary Collingwood

January 10, 2021

To the Ciszewski family,

I had the honor of knowing Jack for about 5 years now through the Tallwood men’s club. I have golfed with Jack many times and enjoyed greatly each moment of every round. Jack had extensive knowledge of the game and was always willing to teach and share , many times in a humorous way! He was kind, sincere and just a great man to be around and I will always cherish the memories I have of those rounds of golf!
I will miss seeing him bright and early on the weekends as I am sure many will.

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ciszewski family.

Gary Collingwood

Cindy Hays

January 10, 2021

Dear Ann Marie and family,

We were so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Phil did get a chuckle from his obituary as he stated a goal of shooting his age at golf also since he retired. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Cindy and Phil Hays

Joe Walinski

January 10, 2021

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Jack,a great family man, and one of my best friends. I was fortunate to have met Jack on an early Sunday am ,in my first tournament at TMC,5:30am.We would go on to play for many years along with Greg and Tom where we would share many laughs and great rounds of golf.Most do not look forward to being somewhere at 5:30am but for us it was a treasured time of day that created wonderful memories and a lasting friendship.My condolences to the Ciszewski family.Jack was a great man and friend who will be missed.I’m sure he has the first time already.

Mike Braddon

January 9, 2021

I as well share the sentiments of many Tallwood members regarding gentleman Jack. I also had the privilege of knowing Jack for many years at Travelers before he retired. Sympathy to you Chris and the rest of your family.

Pat Burgess

January 9, 2021

Our condolences to Ann and the entire Ciszewski family. Jack was a great man and wonderful husband to Ann. We are sure there are many memories that will keep Jack alive in your hearts forever. Pat and Bob Burgess

Elliot Solomon

January 8, 2021

My condolences to the entire Ciszewski family. Jack was a fixture at Tallwood - often the first face I’d see when I’d walk in the door. An incredible gentlemen. A great loss to his family for sure - and a loss to all of us at Tallwood.

Tom Malin

January 8, 2021

To Ciszewski Family:

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jack down here in South Carolina. It seems like only yesterday that Jack, Joe, Greg, and I were playing riding down the fairways of Tallwood Country Club enjoying each other, sharing stories and jokes, and playing golf.

What a great person Jack was and always a gentleman! He will be missed by all who knew him and especially by that early foursome at Tallwood!

Above all, Jack was a fantastic family man who always spoke highly of his daughter and sons all who attended East Catholic and I was honored to have coached his boys.

Jack, my friend, Rest In Peace, and on those great courses up above keep on hitting them straight and get another hole in one.

Tom Malin

Gerry Brooks

January 8, 2021

I'm so sorry to learn of Jack's passing. I always enjoyed our time together at Tallwood, whether it was playing or just chatting for a while. His presence will be missed.