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Joseph J. Rackiewicz, Jr.

January 16, 1941 ~ July 7, 2022 (age 81)

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Joseph J. Rackiewicz Jr. (Jay), 81, of Milford, beloved husband of the late Sharon Rackiewicz, passed away peacefully at home on July 7, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer. Born on January 16, 1941 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Sophia and Joseph J. Rackiewicz Sr.  Joe was a 1958 graduate of Fairfield Prep and attended Fairfield University from 1958-1961, ultimately achieving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bridgeport Engineering Institute (B.E.I.) in 1971.  Joe’s incredible work ethic allowed him to simultaneously earn his degree, work in his field and raise a family. From 1963 to 1969, he served in the Army National Guard, 242nd Engineering Battalion in Stratford. He had a 51-year career in the field of engineering most notably with Sikorsky Aircraft/United Technologies as a Materials Engineer. What family, friends and strangers will remember most however is his deep love and lifelong passion for bass fishing. For over 30 years, he was a member of the CT Yankee Bassmasters, serving many years as Treasurer. He was also a member and Youth Director of The Bass Federation of Connecticut. Over the years, he mentored many young anglers to help foster a love for the sport of bass fishing. Most recently, he was a member of the Bio Bass Anglers, an affiliated club of TBF of CT.

Joseph leaves behind his loving children, John Rackiewicz, James (Laura) Rackiewicz, and Christina (Buddy) Prete; grandchildren, Thomas and Alan Rackiewicz and Makenna and Matthew Prete; as well as a sister, sister-in-law Marion Clare, nephew Jeff Clare and his wife Jennifer, niece Alison Clare, and friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Monday, July 11, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mary Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beth-El Center or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
July 11, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cody-White Funeral Home
107 N. Broad Street
Milford, CT 06460

Mass of Christian Burial
July 12, 2022

10:30 AM
Saint Mary Church - Milford
70 Gulf Street
Milford, CT 06460


Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

Beth-El Center
Milford CT

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