WATERBURY — Mr. Frank Szantyr, 85, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in the VITAS Innovative Hospice unit at Saint Mary’s Hospital. He was the widower of Juliet (Thomas) Szantyr.

Mr. Szantyr was born in Waterbury on June 18, 1929, a son of the late Casimir and Mary (Zolkiewicz) Szantyr. He was a lifelong resident of Waterbury and a retiree from Scovill Manufacturing. He also worked at Eastern Color Company and was a bus driver for special needs children. After retirement, he worked as a security guard at Gleason’s.

Mr. Szantyr was a cheerful, fun-loving family man and devoted Red Sox fan. His generosity and thoughtfulness for others never went unnoticed. During the holiday season, he would visit the local convalescent homes dressed up as Santa Claus bringing joy to the residents who lived there. With his contagious smile and peaceful personality, he would give comfort to anyone in need. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and by those whose lives he touched.

He leaves his sons, Edmund Szantyr of North Carolina, and Thomas Szantyr of Waterbury; daughters Dawn Szantyr of Brevard, N.C., Gale Szantyr Mucci of Waterbury, and Page Szantyr of North Carolina; a sister, Theresa Gratton of Waterbury; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Frank Szantyr Jr.; brothers Robert, Stanley, Paul, Anthony and Rev. John Szantyr; and sisters Mary Szantyr Yezierski, Sr. Patricia Szantyr and Sandy Jo Russ.

His funeral will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, from the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck, to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 86 East Farm St., Waterbury, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, East Main Street, Waterbury. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To send an online condolence, please visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com

From The Waterbury Republican-American