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James Edward Baronowski

October 30, 1947 ~ November 18, 2021 (age 74)


James Edward Baronowski, age 74, of Colchester, passed away suddenly on November 18, 2021.  Born on October 30, 1947 in Norwich, CT, he was a son of the late John and Edwina (Yorsz) Baronowski.  James was a strong patriot and proud veteran, enlisting and serving with the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Following his military service, James went on to earn his college undergraduate and two master’s degrees.  He married his beloved wife, Joan Vitelli on May 5, 1973.  The couple moved to Colchester in 1978 where they made their home and raised their family. James was a communicant at St. Andrew Church in Colchester. James retired as a General Foreman several years ago, after a long and successful career with Colt Manufacturing.  He was a former member of the VFW in East Hampton and the St. Joseph’s Polish Society in Colchester.  In his spare time, James had a passion for golf which he engaged in at every opportunity.  He was also an official for the CSGA.  He will be remembered by family, friends, neighbors and strangers for the produce he grew in his backyard garden and generously shared.  In addition to golf, James was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and NY Giants teams. Some of his favorite times were spent on vacations at Walt Disney World with his children and granddaughters, and cooking on his grill for family and friends. James was always willing to lend a helping hand and he was known to find ingenious ways to utilize duct tape.  Most importantly, James was a devoted family man who was a loving husband, father and adoring grandfather.  He will be sadly missed but always remembered with love by his wife of 48 years, Joan; his children and their spouses, James and his wife, Natalie Baronowski of Hamden, Cheryl and her husband Robert Aronson of Milford; a brother, John and his wife Suzanne Baronowski of Southport, NC; four wonderful grandchildren, Logan, Addison, Alexandria, and Alana; His best buds, Chuck, Marty, Bruce, and Jon, known as the Grumpy Old Men Club, friends, and the many golf buddies at the Windham Golf Club in Willimantic. Calling hours will be held at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester on Monday, November 22nd from 4 – 6 pm.  The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, at 10am, directly at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Ave., Colchester.  Burial will follow in New St. Andrew Cemetery with full military honors.  Donations in his memory may be made to the CSGA Widdy Neale Scholarship Fund For online condolences, please visit  

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November 22, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Aurara McCarthy Funeral Home
167 Old Hartford Road
Colchester, CT 06415

Funeral Mass
November 23, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Andrew Church (Norwich Ave, Colchester)

November 23, 2021

New St. Andrew Cemetery
Gillettes Lane
Colchester, CT 06415


CSGA Widdy Neale Scholarship Fund

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