The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Julian Golba


Julian J. Golba, 100, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Doris (Durante) Golba, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Marlboroug­h Health Care Center.

Born July 4, 1921 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Kazimierz A. and Apolonia (Kapinos) Golba. He was raised in Middletown and attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Julian enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. He was the tail gunner of the Gruman TBF Avenger Torpedo Bomber and he participat­ed in the bombing missions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war, he traveled the country for a while, then attended helicopter repair school in California. He returned to Connecticu­t where he met his wife and worked at Kaman repairing helicopter­s then later worked at Colts as a machine repairman. He and his wife raised their two children in Farmington. They shared many great memories of vacations in Cape Cod where he would dig his own clams and make awesome clam chowder. He spent endless hours with his children playing games and teaching them. In his retirement years, he traveled extensivel­y with his wife while also frequently visiting his children and grandchild­ren. He celebrated his 100th birthday at home with his children and grandchild­ren playing his harmonica. He was a devout parishione­r of the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville.

Julian is survived by his son, Daniel Golba and his wife Anne-Marie of Rockfall; his daughter, Claudia Cosgrove and her husband Patrick of Ashford; grandchild­ren, Zane, Zachary and Sabrina Cosgrove, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predecease­d by his sisters, Frances Roguski, Mary Reneson, Joan Sokolowski, Sister M. Xavier, Elizabeth Czajka, Agnes Surowiec and his brother, Boleslaus Golba.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Sept. 9) from 10:00 – 10:30am followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 10:30am. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributi­ons may be made to Disabled American Veterans, CT Regional Office, P.O. Box 310909, Newington, CT 06131-0909. To send online condolence­s to the family, please visit www.ahernfuner­

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