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Harold "Hal" Edward Luczak



"My father always spoke about Chester with such fond memories. He lived there from the time he was born in 1936 until we moved when I was 3 in 1966. This is the obit I wrote when he died on March 19, 2001:"

- Debbie Luczak Hoffman, Saraken@aol.com 

Harold "Hal" Edward Luczak

Harold Edward Luczak, known as “Hal” to his friends, died Monday at his Colonia (N.J.) home with his wife of 38 years, the former Helena Huzva, by his side. He was 64.

“My dad put my mother on a pedastal,” daughter Debbie Luczak Hoffman said. “Up to his last breath, he wanted to make sure that Mom was taken care of.” 

He also idolized his three daughters, Debbie, Donna Bodnar and Mieka Droney. “He would walk into a room with his family and always announce that he was surrounded by the four most beautiful women in the place,” Debbie said.

Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, Hal lived briefly in Collinsville, Illinois, before moving to Colonia 33 years ago.

A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia and Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT), Hal spent his entire career working for Allied Signal Corp. (now Honeywell). He retired as manager of maintenance and engineering at the company’s Elizabeth plant a few years ago. Before college, Hal graduated from Chester (Pa.) High School, where he was on the track and basketball teams and president of his graduating class.

Outside of work, Hal was a past president of the St. Demetrius Men’s Club in Carteret, a board member of the Springwood Swim Club in Colonia and a former longtime member of the Corona Construction softball team. “No matter how the game was going, Hal always said ‘big inning,’’” friend and former team manager Artie Palumbo said.

Hal was a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, much to the chagrin of Giants fans Artie and Hank Palumbo.

Hal is predeceased by his parents, John and Anna Luczak, his sisters Mary Luczak and Kathryn Basara, and his brothers Nicholas, Walter and Michael.

Besides his wife and daughters, he is survived by sons-in-laws Michael Hoffman and John Bodnar and grandchildren Amanda and Jonathon Bodnar, Sara and Kenny Hoffman and Samantha and Christopher Droney. He is also survived by sisters Irene DeNight and Julia Sywy and brother Joe Luczak, all of Delaware. There are also 29 nieces and nephews.

Before Hal lost his six-year battle with cancer, he asked that in lieu of flowers, that friends make donations to the American Cancer Society so that they can fund the research to prevent others from suffering from this tragic disease.

Internment will be at St. Andrews Ukrainian Cemetary in South Bound Brook, NJ. 

If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about this individual, please forward it to john@oldchesterpa.com

© 2002 John A. Bullock III.

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