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Arthur Andrew Kukla
September 25, 1928 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Arthur Kukla died peacefully on Thursday, December 21. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Marie Ann (Saccoccio) Kukla, daughters Deborah Jean Gleason of Holliston, MA, Beth Ann Hamilton and her husband Alvin of Newtown CT, and son Paul Arthur Kukla and his wife Mary of King George, VA, granddaughters Anne Bridget Gleason Brady and her husband Daniel, Grace Elizabeth Hamilton, Paige Marie Hamilton, Blair Catherine Hamilton and great-grandson Owen James Brady. Arthur also has extended family including his brother William Kukla and his wife Toni, sister-in-law Nancy (Saccocio) Blois and her husband David, sister-in-law Jeanette Kuka, as well as many nieces and nephews. Son-in-law James Gleason and brothers Lawrence, Robert, Edward, and Stanley, pre-deceased Arthur.
Growing up on Long Island in a family of six brothers, Arthur spent many days fishing and boating, passions he pursued later in life. Arthur was a proud Marine, having followed in the footsteps of his older brother. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps on active duty and reserve duty from 1946-1953, including service during World War II.
While at Bryant University in Providence, Arthur met his beloved wife Ann. He enjoyed sharing the story of how he would place a freshly shined apple on the dashboard of her car to court her on his college student budget. After their wedding in 1954 and his graduation, Ann and Arthur moved to Hartford where Arthur was employed with the CPA firm of Webster, Blanchard, and Willard.
In 1958, Arthur joined Bridgeport Brass which merged with National Distillers and Chemical Corporation. From the New York City headquarters, Arthur served as Controller of the International Division eventually serving in many other posts for the company in Antwerp, Belgium, Tyler, Texas, and Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tyler posting resulted in a devotion to the Dallas Cowboys, still shared by his son, Paul.
Ann and Arthur spent 50+ years living in Trumbull. They were active members of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish and played golf regularly at Tashua Knolls. Finding time to serve on many boards, Arthur always contributed to the communities where he lived, especially as president of the Trumbull Library Board of Trustees for many years, as a member of the Knights of Columbus, and as a trustee of the McGivney Center in Bridgeport. Arthur enjoyed spending time in Venice, Florida in the winter and many summer family vacations on Cape Cod, especially when his granddaughters visited. He found great joy in spending time with his four granddaughters and supporting their activities. He was a beloved grandad and was elated by the arrival of his great-grandson in 2022. During the final months of his life, Art’s biggest smiles were reserved for pictures of Owen.
In 2017, the Kuklas moved to Aspetuck Village in Shelton and then in 2022 to Brightview Senior Living in Shelton where they were welcomed and made many friends.
Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral services on Thursday, December 28 at 10:15 a.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull and at 11:00 a.m at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave. Shelton. Burial will be in Nichols Village Cemetery.
Friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, December 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Instead of flowers, and recognition of Art’s strong identification with the U.S. Marine Corps, the family requests donations be made in his name to Semper Fi and America’s Fund. (https://thefund.org/)