John  Kucavich, Jr.

John F. Kucavich, Jr.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 1953 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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John F. Kucavich, Jr., 66, passed away on Thursday, April 16th in Hartford, CT at St.Francis
He is survived by Luci Kucavich, their son John, his wife Cheryl, his granddaughter
Kailey, his sister Barbara Cofer, loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of long-time
friends and neighbors. John also leaves, to cherish his memories, longtime partner
Debbie Casarella and her family.
John is preceded in death by his parents John Sr. and Yolanda (Londie Spaciano)
John was born in Hartford, raised in Enfield CT, after the family moved there when he
was six years old. He remained after graduating from Enfield High School in 1971 and
started his journey as a car mechanic. He was first a mechanic at Fiore Oldsmobile in
Enfield before becoming the proud co-owner of Connecticut Valley Auto with his friend
and business partner, Carl Pagano, for 24 years.
John was an avid boater and fisherman of the sea, while docking his boat on and off for
over 35 years in Mystic, CT. His career as a mechanic was not just a job, but a passion
for his love of automobiles. He enjoyed drag racing the cars that he and his friend
Ducky (Alan Pohorylo) built, at CT Dragway and Lebanon Valley. Later in life that love
turned into collecting and restoring classic cars.
The last few years for John were medically an up and down roller coaster, his son John,
advocating for him every step of the way, will miss him terribly. He will carry on the
traditions that his father held so dear, since he taught him how to spin a wrench and
cast a line from a very early age.
The family would like to express our deepest appreciation for Debbie, Richard and Pat
Lajoie, all the longtime friends and neighbors for all their help these past few years.
Your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated and will be remembered always.
Due to the current pandemic, funeral services will be private and entrusted to Browne
Memorial Chapel of Enfield, CT. A memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later
date. For online condolences, please visit
Memorial donations can be made in John’s honor to St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital , Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or
Enfield Community Cat Project Inc., 14 Perry Lane, Enfield CT, 06082-4119.
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    St. Patrick King St. Cemetery
    1556 King Street
    ENFIELD, CT 06082
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Tammie Bousquet

Posted at 10:42am
So very sorry to hear of Johns passing. The Zumwalts have many fond memories of our "back yard" neighbors, who became our friends. I did have a chance to re-connect with John , on the Connecticut River some years back while boating, and found him as handsome and gracious as i had remembered. From all my siblings, Bobby,Sandie, and Debbie and myself, we extend our heartfelt sympathies.
Tammie Zumwalt Bousquet

Patrick Carifa

Posted at 05:39am
Met John when I worked at Fiore's Oldsmobile in 1978 couldn't ask to be around a nicer guy and always willing to drop what he was doing to help you out. Smart car guy and a great prankster as i was on the receiving end a few times from him while i worked there. I kept in touch when he and Karl struck out on there own at Conn Valley Auto and would drop in from time to time. My condolences to his family as he has left this earth way to early and will think of him every time I go for a drive and row thru the gears of that 4 speed.

David Kokofsky

Posted at 08:56pm
A Nice guy and Great friend! Was like an older brother to me! Lots of fun and laughter! God Bless My Friend! See You On the Other Side!

Alan Armstrong

Posted at 08:45pm
John was a dear friend... We first met in grade school and became very good friends. He and I shared the automotive passion and spent many hours working on cars and driving around looking for "races". We worked together at Molinski Oldsmobile for a while and had stayed in touch on and off over the years, always enjoying reminiscing about "back in the day". We were born on the same day, at Hartford Hospital about an hour apart. John's Mom, Loni, and my Mom (Carol) were in the same room after giving birth - a fact that was discovered some 10 years later... My memories of John will always be filled with appreciation that the two if us walked the road of life together and had some great times together. John was an excellent mechanic and a good man.
I loved him like a brother and will miss him deeply.
Condolences to John's family and friends. May God Bless us all and may John rest in peace...

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