OBITUARY

Leon Lawton Czikowsky

October 23, 1956January 8, 2019

Lyme - Leon Lawton Czikowsky, 62, of Lyme, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Yale New Haven Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. His positive attitude in confronting this disease was inspirational.

Leon was born on October 23, 1956 in New York City, the son of Leon and Dorothy (Dwyer) Czikowsky.

He graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 1974. He later graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania receiving a bachelor’s in economics and finance, and went on to get a master’s in urban studies from Southern Connecticut State University, and a master’s in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He received an advanced certificate in screenwriting from the University of California.

For most of his career, Leon was a research analyst at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was a former legislative liaison and acting press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and a former columnist for "Today's the Day Harrisburg." Proud to have once lived in Bowling Green Kentucky, Leon was a colonel in the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Dorothy Czikowsky of Lyme, Leon’s loving mother, survives him, and his father Leon Czikowsky predeceased him in 1990.

Born in New York City, he had visited nearly every New York City museum and tourist attraction, and did much of the same on his many trips to California, including attending numerous book signings. People were fond of Leon for his amazing wit and sense of humor, along with his incredible wisdom and strength of character. He lived his life to its fullest through his work as a dedicated public servant, his writing, and spending time with his mother, friends and colleagues. Leon had a positive impact on everyone whose life he touched, and his legacy will live on in all those who were fortunate to have known him. Leon Czikowsky will be greatly missed.

Dorothy Czikowsky would like to thank the staff at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center in Niantic, Connecticut and Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut for their care and compassion shown to Leon during his illness.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 am at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Memorial donations may be made to: The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at www.cancer.org.

Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for tributes and directions.

Services

26 January

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service

13 Beckwith Ln
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371

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Rodney Spicher

January 14, 2019

I always looked forward to having lunch with Leon, picking him up at the state capital building travailing to the many Chinese Buffets in the area. We had many conversations and he always talked fondly of his mother and Lyme. I was very sorry to hear of his passing but was lucky enough called him my friend. My condolences to the family.

Cindie Watkins

January 14, 2019

As a coworker who soon became a good friend, Leon taught me more about research than I could learn in any classroom. He was my "private professor." Any time I got "stuck" on something or came to an impasse, I could email Leon at any time, and he was always there to help in his gracious, gentlemanly, humorous manner. And he was my "once a month, life after the legislature" lunch buddy. There was no one like him, and I am a much richer person for having the good fortune of our paths crossing in this life. Rest in peace, dear one.

Christopher Atwood

January 13, 2019

I was glad to become reacquainted with Leon (through Facebook) after many, many years. He showed strength in his illness. I think of him as in the clouds, purple and orange at sunset, red sky at morning (sailors take warning!), making flowers grow with summer rain, illuminating the entities moving in the woods in the dark by strokes of lightning with claps of thunder as the soundtrack, defining the ice on streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers with snow. Oh, Leon. Goodbye.

Michael Edmiston

January 12, 2019

For 22 years I worked for the PA House of Representatives Democratic Caucus, many of those years with Leon. His compassion and intellect ennobled discourse and disposition of every public policy issue that came before him. His steady and positive outlook and commentary refined our analyses of even the most controversial issues with a uniquely vital reason and logic. The example of his commitment and integrity assured our common efforts would summon our best. Sometimes in our work lives we get lucky; with our colleague Leon we won the lottery.

Priscilla Hallman

January 12, 2019

My first recollection of you was in our high school French class. We recently reminisced about how we remembered our proximity to one another in class, you to my left and back approximately ½ desk, and you and I speaking more in English than French. Although a year ahead in school, dare I spoke to an upperclassman (!), our paths crossed with other activities, most notably the plays and your junior prom. Following graduation we moved without the benefit of cell phones and Facebook but managed to connect periodically. Moving back to CT in 2000 I was able to connect with you more. I always enjoyed your stories (you traveled so much!), your wit, and that brilliant mind. Being with you was a gift. You focused on the person you were with, living in the present wanting to hear what was happening in their life. Literally days before your passing you continued to try to recover. I will miss you, Leon. I don’t think the gravity of that has yet hit. When I will visit with your mother and not have you there it will hit. As it will when I no longer read a Facebook post from you or hear your voice. Thank you for being you…your kindness, compassion, strength of character, love of family and friends. Even with your passing you have reunited so many LOLHS graduates and others. Priscilla White Hallman

Eric Fillman

January 11, 2019

For your Mother, your Family and Friends, I pray they will know comfort and peace in common hours.
For you:

Dear Leon,
It IS (not was) my privilege to know you.
I admire your intellect, not just well-educated (Wharton), but how you put it to productive use as a Research Analyst for the PA House of Representatives for over a quarter of a century!
I admire your sharp dry wit and how, in chasing after what seems like endless academic pursuits, you finally once confided that your goal was someday to have more letters AFTER your name than are IN your name.
I admire your tremendous sense of loyalty, how you always hold true to your ideals, your vocation, and most importantly yourself.
Your 27+ year vocation in government, as our colleagues have well noted, have earned you a reputation as a diligent researcher and dedicated public servant. But above all, you always find balance, for you pursue your work and your play with equal zealousness. You find time to travel seemingly everywhere (museums, ballparks...) , and meet seemingly everyone. You meet actors, actresses, senators, congressmen, those who would (and did) become president, but you also meet some semi-obscure celebrities who had unique life stories and who, I think more than most, delight you more than most. And, somehow, you manage to come home with their autographs, their photos, and sometimes both!

The unfairness of disease has crept in and stolen away more time with you in person... but your soul lives on, and I believe you continue to influence us in ways we simply cannot know.
It is my privilege to know you.
It is my Honor to call you friend!
-esf-

FROM THE FAMILY