James Louis Mazurek

January 26, 1943January 1, 2018

Surrounded by his loving wife and children, James Louis Mazurek, 74 of Bradenton, FL. died peacefully on Monday, January 1, 2018 after a long struggle with cancer in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Born January 26, 1943 in Stamford, CT., he was the youngest son of the late Edward and Mary (Boska) Mazurek. At an early age “Jim” excelled in athletics reaching the Babe Ruth League World Series in Baseball in 1958 where he shared the record for most Home Runs in a series until it was finally broken in 2006. At Stamford High School, he went on to win 2 consecutive state football championships while starring in football, basketball, and baseball. His athletic career continued after receiving a full scholarship to play football at Syracuse University where he was a two year varsity starter and captained the team in 1963. After his football career ended, Jim was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Syracuse in 1964.

Jim proudly served his country as a Transportation officer in the United States Army and was stationed in the Republic of Korea before volunteering to transfer to serve in combat during the Vietnam War. Following the completion of his military service he returned to Korea and married Hong Jae Sun, a fashion model that he met while serving in Korea. In October 2017, they celebrated their 50th and final Wedding Anniversary together.

Once out of the service, Jim and his wife moved to Darien, CT where he began a 35 year career in business with Clairol and Proctor and Gamble. During that time he earned his MBA from New Haven University and was active in various industry councils and groups.

Jim enjoyed playing and watching sports his whole life but nothing brought him greater joy than watching his children and later his grandchildren competing. He was a fixture at Darien High School sporting events throughout the 1990s and was extremely proud of the state champion Football and Volleyball teams his kids were a part of. Upon moving to Florida in 2008, Jim quickly became a fixture both in his community and church where he was a member of the Tara Golf and Country Club and active in the Knights of Columbus where he attained the 4th Degree. In his last years he made many trips to Orlando to watch his grandson Jack playing youth Basketball and AAU Football.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Jae Sun; his children, James Jr., of Orlando, FL., and Alicia, of New York, New York; two Grandsons, Jack (9) and Max (5), of Orlando, FL., and many close friends he considered family.

Family is receiving friends on Thursday January 4, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Palms-Robards Funeral Home in Sarasota, FL. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, January 5, 2018 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Lakewood Ranch, FL. Burial Services with military honors will be conducted on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9:30 am at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family by signing his online guestbook at:

In lieu of customary remembrances, donations can be made in James’ name to the Knights of Columbus Council 13341, c/o Our Lady of The Angels Catholic Church, 12905 E State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch, FL. 34202.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Thursday, February 8, 2018

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January 27, 2018

Jim you will be missed my many god bless

January 25, 2018

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Friend since SHS and Syracuse University. A real gentleman who will be missed.
Leslie Nirenberg Billig

Rob Trout

January 8, 2018

Growing up in Stamford in the 50's & 60''s, Jim was an iconic SHS athlete. It appears his athletic exploits were actually the lesser of his life's achievements. He was an amazing individual.
Condolences to his family and friends.

Rick and Claudia Smeriglio

January 8, 2018

Dear Mrs. Mazurek, Jimmy and Alicia

Claudia and I wish to send you our thoughts and prayers with the passing of Mr. Mazurek - I was very lucky to have spent time with him while he was here at Plaza Realty and Claudia was privileged to have shared many memories with him growing up.

We hope you find comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

January 8, 2018

Dear Song, Alicia, Jimmy and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your husband's and Dad's passing. Jim was not only a treasured friend but more importantly a mentor to me in my early days at Clairol and to this day will always be grateful for his guidance and support. Learned a lot about doing what is right from a great man. God Bless.
Paul and Barbara Cali, Shelton, CT

Phil Koda

January 8, 2018

Mrs. Mazurek, Jimmy, and Alicia,

We are so sorry about the passing of your husband and father. He was a great man and a tremendous friend and a great father. I know he will be sorely missed. My family sends their deepest heart filled respects and condolences on the passing of a great man.

Phil, Kate, Michael, and Ryan Koda

Michael Bednar

January 8, 2018

Deeply saddened by Jim's passing. I will have Jim remembered in perpetual masses and prayers by Friars of Atonement in Garrison NY.
Michael Bednar, friend and classmate Stamford High School Class 1960

Nancy Rondano

January 7, 2018

Dear Mazurek family,
So very sorry for the loss of your Gentle Giant who was loved and respected by all who knew him. Jim was a family friend thru HS
(With my sisters) thru Clairol (Ron and the Vermont group) and even thru Real Estate in his later years. Please know many prayers were said for Jim and the prayers will continue; I've kept track of Jim thru my friends in Bradenton. May God keep you all safe and peaceful at this very sorrowful time.
Love, Nancy Jamroga Rondano

gene bonina

January 7, 2018

To the Jim Mazurek family

I was so saddened to hear of Jim,s Passing especially so close to the passing of his beloved brother Ed--I was fortunate to have Ed as a child hood friend and knew Jimmy as a young up and coming terrific athlete.

Recently in the past few months Jim and I began to communicate about his illness and I know my last e-mail was sent to him on christmas day in hopes that he was getting better.
We have a real angel up there now praying for all of us and he was one of the nicest people I remember ever since I knew him as a young boy in Stamford.

Prayers to the Mazurek family

Gene Bonina

Anne & Tony Brown

January 6, 2018

Dear Song,
Our love and condolences to you, Jimmy and Alicia. Jim was a treasured friend and admired as a great man by all who knew him. May God's love and your precious memories comfort you always.