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Dr. Joseph A. Sak (WA1IDY)

January 14, 2008

Dr. Joseph A. Sak, 78, a resident of Kensington, CT since 1964, husband of Dorothy (Kokoszka) Sak for 55 years, died unexpectedly Jan. 14, 2008. Born in Newark, NJ., the son of the late Steve and the late Stella (Banach) Sak, he received a B.S. degree in elementary education from Willimantic State Teachers College (now Eastern Connecticut State University), an M.S. degree in psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is school psychology from the University of Hartford, and an Ed.D. in special education from Nova University. He served in the New York National Guard in 1948, and later served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 to 1954. Joseph was employed by the New Britian public schools as an elementary-school teacher and psychological examiner before joining the Newington public schools as supervisor of pupil personnel and special education services, and was an adjunct professor of psychology at Central Connecticut State University. After retirment, he served the Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education as executive director and lobbyist to the Connecticut state legislature, and served as a bilingual school psychologist and consultant in numerous school systems. He was a member of St. Paul's Church in Kensington, where he served as eucharistic minister, a member of the Parish Council, the Board of Education of St. Paul's School and the Social Action Committee, and was a volunteer at the school. He was a member of the Berlin AARP and was an amateur radio operator with the call letters WA1IDY. Professional memberships included the National Association of School Psychologists, Connecticut Association of School Psychologists, Retired Teachers of Connecticut and the Connecticut Special Education Advisory Council. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Council of Special Administrators in Special Education and the Distinguished Service Award in Intergovermental Affairs from the National Council of Administrators of Special Education. He and Dorothy attended Summer Language Cultural Institutes at Jagiellonian and Copernican University in Poland. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Elizabeth Sak of Anahuac, Texas, and Michael and Cheryl Sak of Kensington; a brother and two sisters-in-law, Thomas and Roberta Sak of Colonia, N.J., and Myrna Sak of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; two beautiful grandchildren, Courtney and Melanie Sak of Kensington. Joseph was also blessed with four step-grandchildren, Joseph Leger of Houston, T.X., Jason Leger of Anahuac, T.X., Deedie Garcia of Davis, C.A.; Anthony King of Anahuac, T.X.; four step-grandchildren, Justin Leger of Anahuac, T.X.; twins Jason and Blake Leger of Anahuac, T.X. and Christian Garcia of Davis, C.A. and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Stanley and Robert Sak. Funeral services were held January 18, 2008 at Porter's Funeral Home in Kensington. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britian. You will be deeply missed my dear father. Rest In Peace....73

Contributed by: Joe (N5CJ)

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