Joseph S. Liscinsky Jr., 71, peacefully passed away surrounded by his wife and daughters on January 24 after a more than 5-year, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Joe, Big Guy, Papa Joe, or Papou, as he was affectionately known by many, will be forever remembered for his love, loyalty and commitment to his family, friends and community.
Always putting others first, Joe wanted to make sure that those in his life were taken care of and supported. He loved with his whole heart. Many will remember him as the neighbor who would always lend a helping hand and cheered “go pumpkin” from the sidelines of his daughter’s sporting events, or as the man who made you feel like the most important person in the room – greeting you with a smile, hug and firm handshake. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and New York Giants.
Joe always wanted to give back and do more for others. During his time in Shelton, CT, he was a sports coach, a former member of the PTA and Father’s Club at Booth Hill School, an elected town official and a volunteer at St Lawrence Church where he served as an usher every Sunday for more than 12 years at the 7:30 am mass.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Arlene (Hriscisce) Liscinsky and two children Kate (Liscinsky) Chase and her husband Adam of Danvers, MA and Erin (Liscinsky) Rasmussen and her husband Ryan of Northbridge, MA. He has four beautiful grandchildren who were the center of his world: Bennett and Henry Chase and Everly and Jack Rasmussen. He is also survived by his sister Mary Liscinsky of Newtown, CT; brother Steve Liscinsky and wife Kathy of Newtown, CT; nephew Adam Liscinsky; niece Heather Liscinsky; sister-in-law Barbara Marketta, Old Bridge, NJ, and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews in New Jersey.
Papa Joe was a family man – and his legacy will live on through those he’s left behind.
Joe, the son of Joseph Sr. and Mary (Sterback) Liscinsky, was born in Newtown, CT on January 5, 1950, where he grew up and graduated from Newtown High School (class of 1968). He also graduated, and received degrees, from Hartford Technical School in Civil Engineering and Western Connecticut State University. Before moving to Uxbridge, where he currently resided, to be closer to his children and grandchildren, Joe was a resident of Shelton, CT for 27 years and prior to that a resident of Stratford, CT for 12 years. Joe began his career at Read's Department store in Danbury, CT where he met his wife, Arlene. He later went on to work at Zotos, Medo and NicePak where he retired from in 2016. He was also a former owner of Spirits of 67 in Oxford, CT and White Hills Wine and Spirits in Shelton, CT.
Due to the current environment, Joe’s life will be celebrated at a later date and time. Donations in Joe’s memory can be directed to the Worcester County Walk to End Alzheimer’s - Team Big Guy (via mail at Alzhiemer's Association MA/NH Chapter, Worcester County Walk, Team Big Guy - 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452) or to the Central Care VNA Hospice, of Auburn, MA, in honor of the wonderful nurses and aides who were part of Joe’s care team.
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