Frank J. Puskas, Jr.
Frank Joseph Puskas, Jr., 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol K. Puskas of Harwich (formerly of Ridgefield, CT), his daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Steven Hatch of Harwich, his grandchildren Andrew Hatch and Megan Hatch and her finance Sam Spellman of Manchester CT and his son Mark Puskas of Leominster. Frank (affectionately called Pepa by his family) grew up in Norwalk, CT. He was an altar boy in his youth and also received the highest honor of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. He lived in Norwalk until he married Carol in 1959. They then moved to Ridgefield, CT where they raised their family and resided for 52 years. For the past several years, Frank and Carol moved to Harwich and lived with Jane and Steve. Frank made his living as a Draftsman and Purchasing Agent working at Jaffe Brothers in Long Island City.
There are so many wonderful memories of Pepa through 82 years of a life well lived. He was passionate about his hobbies of woodworking, fishing even tying his own flies, travel and most of all his photography. He never carried just one camera; he wore a fishing vest with many pockets so he could carry several to get the perfect shot. He also loved drawing, attending art classes at Pratt Institute in NYC. Pepa was always practicing his drawing, even drawing faces of people on the subway car using any scrap of paper he had while on his way to work. Pepa won a NYC radio station photo contest, his winning photograph of two graffiti-filled subway cars was used as the cover of an album with various New York artists.
Pepa was a beloved and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He worked hard all of his life to support his family. Pepa was there through every step of his grandchildren’s lives and he was always so proud of them. Holidays, birthdays, family celebrations and many vacations to Disney and the Cape were always spent together as Mema, Pepa, Jane, Steve, Andrew and Meg. His family has each been touched by his love, generosity and they hold the many memories close to their heart.
Frank’s family would like to thank the entire staff at Rosewood Manor for the excellent care he received as a resident. Their care, comfort and patience, especially through this pandemic, were greatly appreciated. Thanks also go out to the tremendous work of the Cape Cod Hospital staff on Mugar 4. Their compassion helped him and his family get through the difficult last week.
Pepa always ended his conversations with “I love you with my whole heart.” Pepa your family loves you with their whole hearts. Rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.