Obituary: Peter E. Jastermsky, age 85, of Stratford, retired assistant fire chief

Peter E. Jastermsky, age 85, of Stratford, retired Assistant Fire Chief, died at his home on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

He was the husband of the late Betty (Bednarik) Jastermsky, who he married on November 18, 1950. They had been married for 49 years.

Mr. Jastermsky was born in West Edmeston, NY to the late Peter and Mary Jastermsky. He graduated from New Berlin Central High School in 1946. Peter attended Cornell University where he studied veterinary medicine.

He moved to Stratford over 60 years ago and had been employed by Chance-Vought. He became a firefighter for the Town of Stratford in 1951 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1961. In 1967, he was appointed Assistant Fire Chief.

Active in community organizations, Mr. Jastermsky was past president of the Baldwin Center Men’s Club; served on the Commission on Aging; and participated in Stratford Day. He also belonged to the Stratford PAL Rifle Club and the Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Jastermsky enjoyed gardening, bowling, playing pinochle and deer hunting in Maine. He was able to fix just about anything and enjoyed carpentry. Peter was a huge fan of the UCONN Ladies Basketball Team and the NY Yankees. He always appreciated a great meal.

Survivors include six beloved children, Peter Jastermsky and his wife Cheryl of Irvine, CA, Patricia Jastermsky and her companion, Matt Humes of Exeter, NH, Stephen Jastermsky and his wife Paula of West Palm Beach, FL, Karen Jastermsky and her wife Patti Trifiletti of Mamaroneck, NY, Lorrie Brighindi and her husband Christopher of Shelton and Thomas Jastermsky and his companion, Ana Ines DeLaFuente; eight grandchildren, Zoe and Evan Jastermsky, Matt Bencze and his wife Amy, Danielle Bencz, Lauren Jastermsky and Marissa, Kara and Ryan Brighindi; and four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Elizabeth, Sophia and Jackson.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10 am at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford with Rev. Edward Rawls officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Baldwin Center, ATTN: Men’s Club, 1056 W. Broad St., Stratford, CT 06615.

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