John H. Homiski, 80, of Windham CT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham CT. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved his family, demonstrated humility, loads of patience, and always had a great sense of humor – his boisterous laughter was contagious and will always be remembered. Born January 12, 1943, in Norwich CT, he was the son of the late Henry “Hank” Homiski and Sophie (Porucznik) Homiski. John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Luvizminda (Nepomuceno) Homiski; two sons, Colin J. Homiski and his partner Guido Giglioni, Keith A. Homiski and his wife Terri L. Homiski, a grandson, Ethan A. Homiski, and a granddaughter Taylor L. Homiski. John is also survived by his brother James J. Homiski and his wife Donna M. Homiski.
As an adolescent, John was influenced by his father’s baseball career (playing against local and Navy teams, and players such as Yogi Berra during the WW2 era) and demonstrated his passion for baseball by pitching in the Norwich Youth Little Leagues and Senior Leagues. On many occasions, John, his father “Hank” and brother Jim would watch Yankees games in the Bronx – this ultimately became the foundation to John’s long-standing enthusiasm for the New York Yankees. On weekends, John worked part-time at the local Sherwin Williams and was a golf caddy at the Norwich Golf course and Pautipaug Golf course.
After John graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1960, he went on to study accounting at Bryant College in Rhode Island. While at Bryant, he was on the dean’s list for high scholastic standing, held membership in Beta Sigma Chi and held office of the chaplain, athletic director, and secretary of the fraternity. He was a member of the Newman club and student senate and resident counselor for his dormitory. He played college baseball as a pitcher in his senior year, which was Bryant’s first attempt at Varsity Baseball in 30 years; their record that year was 6 wins and 5 losses, with John winning 3 of those games firing balls to the plate.
Upon graduating from Bryant in 1963 with an accounting degree, John began his career as a Cost Accountant at the Eagle Pencil Company in Danbury, CT. He then moved on to the American Thread Company in Willimantic CT where he served as a Corporate Accountant. John held Finance Officer positions in several companies and enjoyed a successful career in accounting until his retirement.
John loved sports and was a member of the Willimantic Golf Club for many years and played in their factory league. In his children’s adolescent years, he volunteered time coaching youth baseball, basketball, and soccer teams. As a grandfather, John loved spending time watching his grandchildren’s sporting events from their very young ages through high school years including soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, football, track, figure skating and ice hockey – John was their biggest super fan.
John fought a 10-year battle with health issues and would defy all odds by surviving a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 70, bypass open heart surgery, and miraculously would live long enough to see his 2 beautiful grandchildren who meant the world to him grow up into their high school and college years. Ethan and Taylor loved their Grampy, and he will be remembered forever.
We all will miss John dearly but take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace. Our family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Living Center for their compassionate care during his final days.
All are welcome to his Funeral Mass on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at St. Joseph Church 99 Jackson St, Willimantic CT at 10:00 am, burial to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.