James “Rabbit” Zawisa Sr., 76, of Middletown passed away at home on December 24, 2019 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Pamela (Vladik) Zawisa. Jim was born on October 20, 1943 in Middletown. He was the son of the late Peter and Erminia (Santostefano) Zawisa.
Prior to his retirement Jim worked for many years in leadership positions at Bushwick Metals and Concord Steel. He loved his UCONN Women’s basketball team, racing his dogs and enjoyed seeing his grandson’s sporting events.
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his son, James Zawisa Jr. and his wife Tammy and son Richard Zawisa. He is also survived and will forever be “Pa” to his grandsons, Joshua, Brendan and Daniel. Jim also leaves additional cousins, close and dear friends, including Tony and Jill, Frank and Pat, Vinny and Janice. The family would like to thank the many caregivers who took care of Jim during his recent illness.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 31 at 12:00 pm at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday morning before the service from 11:00 to 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. To share memories or send condolences please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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