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Richard S. Gryniuk
July 20, 1940 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Torrington- Richard S. Gryniuk, 83, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Valerie Manor, Torrington. He was the beloved husband of the late Torrington Mayor, Mary Jane (Schroeder) Gryniuk.
Mr. Gryniuk was born in Torrington on July 20, 1940, son of the late Stanley and Anna (Bujac) Gryniuk, and had been a lifelong Torrington resident. He was a retired engineer with the Southern New England Telephone Company, retiring with 38 years of service, and then was employed with Fibertech for 15 years. Richard enjoyed golfing and started caddying at 8 years old at Torrington Country Club until he turned 18. He was a member of Torrington Country Club for 20 years, Greenwoods Country Club for 10 years, and bowled in the Merchant League for many years. He also had fond memories of his elk hunting trips out west with his brother where he enjoyed cooking for all the guys at camp. Richard played trumpet with the Springfield Marksmen Drum and Bugle Corps in the 1960s.
Survivors include three sons, Mark W. Gryniuk and his wife, Linda, of New Hartford, Michael R. Gryniuk of New Haven, and Jeffrey L. Gryniuk and his partner, Liz Jacob, of Harwinton; a daughter, Julie Ann Nilsson and her husband, Alan, of Huntersville, NC; five grandchildren, Mitchell Gryniuk, Jordan Marie Nilsson, Lukas Gryniuk, Jacob Nilsson, and Nathan Gryniuk; a brother, James Gryniuk and his wife, Chris, of Albuquerque, NM; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Richard was predeceased by a brother, Bernard Gryniuk.
For those who knew Rich he was passionate about his family. Rich had a special bond with his only daughter, Julie, that was never weakened even when they were hundreds of miles apart. They always found time to check in on each other every day. That bond will never be broken.
Rich loved golfing. He was known for his ability to putt with his handcrafted wood putter from St Andrews, famously known as Billy Buru. He instilled that love of golf to his two boys and the three of them played in several golf tournaments where they frequently took home the win.
Rich's love for golf couldn't hold a candle to his love for his 5 grandchildren. He gave up his Sunday morning golf once his grandkids were old enough to walk. "Poppy" could be found EVERY Sunday morning with them at Lamonica's, wearing a proud smile that couldn't be removed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 10:00a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 160 Main St., Torrington. Burial will follow in New St. Francis Cemetery, Torrington. Friends may call Friday, February 16, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. at Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home, 258 Prospect St., Torrington.
Friends who so desire may make memorial contributions in Richard’s memory to St. John Paul the Great Academy, 360 Prospect St., Torrington CT 06790 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (stjude.org/donate)