Laurence P. Czajkowski, age 70, of Orange, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was born on December 30, 1946 in Bridgeport to the late Leo and Louise DeJoseph Czajkowski and graduated from Fairfield University. He retired from the US Army Reserve on August 7, 1997 after serving proudly as a Major in the Adjutant General’s Corp, where he also was an instructor for the US Army Command and General Staff College.
A self-employed sales executive, he was an active member of the community, serving as past commander of the American Legion Post #127 in Orange, on the Phi Kappa Theta Foundation Board, a volunteer liaison officer for the CT Army Retiree Counsel, West Point Military Retiree Counsel and a member of the Orange Republican Town Committee. He was the Sons and Daughters’ of Italy Citizen of the Year in 2009. He also was a Republican candidate for CT House of Representatives, served on the PKT Foundation and a member of Knights of Columbus, Breen Chapter.
A devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather, he is survived by his loving wife Janet Oster Czajkowski, daughters Tracy Knochen and her husband James of Cornwall, NY and Amanda Perla and her husband Josh Gelfand of Los Angeles, CA, brother Leo Czajkowski and his wife Jean of Trumbull and grandchildren Matthew, Christian, Brianna, Jordan, Tristan, and Zachary Knochen and Gram and Tess Gelfand. Funeral arrangements were in the capbable hands of the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad Street, Milford. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 1st in St. Mary’s Church, 35 Gulf Street, Milford. Interment is in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Buckingham Avenue, Milford with military honors. Donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.