Bronius Kukalis
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Bronius Kukalis
  • December 15, 1926 - November 21, 2017
  • New Britain, Connecticut

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Bronius Kukalis, 90, of New Britain, died Tuesday, (November 21, 2017) at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. Bronius was born Dec. 15 in Beistrakiu, Lithuania to Aleksas and Juze (Slizauskaite) Kukalis. As a teen, he was conscripted by the Luftwaffe and put to work building airfields for the German Army. During a bombing raid by the Allies, he narrowly escaped death by keeping a cool head and running opposite of the strafe to hunker down in a bomb crater until after the raid. Many of his fellow forced-laborers were killed. After V.E. Day, Bronius, who was able to speak several languages, including English, was hired by the U.S. Army as an M.P. He had the very great privilege of being posted at Nuremberg, guarding Nazi war criminals on trial and protecting the commanding general's compound. In 1949 he emigrated to Toronto, Canada, where he met his future wife, Brone. They were married in 1953. Bronius and his young family moved to the U.S. in 1958. They settled in New Britain, bought a home, and raised two sons. Bronius was a skilled professional machinist who worked for many years at Caval Tool and Combustion Engineering. He was also artistically gifted - a quality he passed down to his eldest son. He was very proud to become a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1989. Bronius was a man of many interests and passions, but nothing was more precious to him than his loving wife, children and grandchildren. They were his "jewels". Bronius is predeceased by his wife Brone (Pleckaitis), who died Nov. 25, 2015, and leaves behind son Romas, of Keene, NH; son Edward, of Middletown, CT; grandchildren Alexandra Anele and Guyon Brandt of Los Angeles, CA; daughter-in-law Allison Barrows, and numerous beloved members of his wife's family.
Those wishing to commemorate his long life are invited to gather at New Britain Memorial-Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Avenue, New Britain on Fri., Dec. 1 from 5-7pm. Private Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Sat., Dec. 2 at 10am, with burial to follow in St. Mary Cemetery. For directions or online messages please visit www.newbritainsagarino.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bronius' name may be made to: https://www.alz.org/ct/