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Dr. Henry P. Kolakowski

Dr. Henry P. Kolakowski
  • November 19, 1926 - October 3, 2016
  • West Hartford, Connecticut

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Dr. Henry P. Kolakowski, beloved husband and best friend of Mary (Trymbulak) Kolakowski, died on October 3, 2016 at his home in West Hartford at age ninety-nine after a full and rewarding life. Born in Hartford, CT on the 29th of June, 1917, Henry was the oldest of the five children of John and Helen Dobros Kolakowski. Dr. Kolakowski graduated from Hartford Public High School, Class of 1935, Assumption College in Windsor Ontario, and Georgetown University School of Dentistry. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and was assigned to duty at the Great Lakes Naval Station. His next duty was attachment to the Fifth Marine Division at Camp Pendleton. He continued training at Hilo in Hawaii in preparation for Iwo Jima. A proud Iwo Jima survivor, Henry returned to Hartford, CT in 1946, opening up a private practice there a year later that spanned forty years and three generations of grateful patients. A well regarded dentist, Henry was esteemed by his peers and revered by his patients. He was the Director of Dentistry at Hartford Hospital and Director of the Dental Department at Newington Children's Hospital. Henry also served as the President of the Hartford, Connecticut Dental Society, was a member of the American Dental Society and the President of the Horace Wells Club. Dr. Kolakowski was also a member of the New England Cleft Palate Center. A devout Roman Catholic, Dr. Kolakowski was a founding member of the Church of Saint Helena where he tirelessly labored as a Trustee, Lector, member of the Parish Council and Eucharistic Minister. From his Baptism to the present time, Dr. Kolakowski remained a registered member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Hartford. Henry was very proud of his Polish heritage, maintaining memberships in the Polish University Club and the Polish American Veterans Organization. He was an active participant in the Polish National Home Scholarship awards and many other fundraising endeavors on their behalf. In addition to Dr. Kolakowski's religious service and volunteerism, he was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Tabor House in Hartford. He served on the Chaplain's Board of Directors and as a Eucharistic Minister at UCONN Health Center in Farmington and was a member of the Old Guard in West Hartford. For over ten years, Henry generously served Meals on Wheels and was a member of Veterans Post #51. Dr. Kowalski was predeceased by his brothers Lou, John and Richard (in infancy), and his sister, Charlotte. Along with Mary, his wife of sixty-eight years, Henry is survived by five children: Paul Kolakowski and wife, Gail, of Washington, D,C, Mark Kolakowski of West Hartford, CT, Gary Kolakowski and wife, Georgiana, of Durham, CT, Lisa Gilman and husband, Bradley, of Vienna, VA, and Greg Kolakowski and wife, Madonna, of New York, NY. Henry, a devoted father, took great pleasure in following his children's sports activities and academic achievements. Henry also leaves five beloved grandchildren: Nicholas Kolakowski and wife Gina, Luke, Joseph and Anna Gilman and Chloe Kolakowski. Dr. Kolakowski is also survived by his sister-in-law, Irene Samuelrich and her husband, Robert and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude to all of Henry's caregivers especially Jadzia, Grace, Julia, and Hilda.

The calling hours are from 4-7 PM on Thursday, October 6 at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday, October 7 at the Church of Saint Helena, 30 Echo Lane, West Hartford, CT. Attendees are asked to go directly to the church. Interment, with full military honors, will follow at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, 1 Cottage Grove Road, Bloomfield, CT. In Dr. Kolakowski's memory, donations may be made to Iwo Jima Survivors Memorial, 43 Brinley Way, Newington, CT 06111, The Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082 or to a charity of the donor's choice. For directions and online condolences, please visit