Joseph Klivak

Joseph Edward "Joe" Klivak

Tuesday, January 8th, 1946 - Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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Joseph Edward Klivak, 74, of Rocky Hill, loving husband of 50 years to Sheila (Lennon) Klivak, peacefully passed away at home Sunday, May 17, 2020. Joe was born in New Haven on January 8, 1946. He was the son of George and Elizabeth (Farrell) Klivak. He grew up in West Haven, graduating from Notre Dame High School, Class of 1963. He continued his education, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Quinnipiac University, Class of 1967.
Joe was a proud member of the CT Army National Guard. He worked for SNET as a Marketing Manager for 31 years, out of the Waterbury, Hartford, and New Haven offices. After retirement, he worked at the Tennis and Fitness Center of Rocky Hill, where he built great friendships with many of its members. Joe was a dedicated member of St. Josephine Bahkita Parish, St. James Church, Rocky Hill, not only as a parishioner but as a member of its Liturgy Committee.
Joe was an avid fan of the UCONN basketball, making the annual trek to Madison Square Garden for the Big East Tournament from the early 80’s until recent years. Every summer, you would find Joe at the family’s second home on Cape Cod, spending time at Skaket and Nauset Beaches in Orleans with his family, or biking for miles on the trails. He always loved a fried clam strip roll from Land Ho on the Cape, a steak from Chuck’s Steak House and never turned down a bowl of ice cream.
Joe was a kind and patient person with a great sense of humor who always saw the good in the people around him. Throughout his life, he cherished the time with his family. Along with his wife Sheila, Joe will be dearly missed by his son and daughter-in-law Christopher and Lori Klivak of Syracuse, NY; his daughter Caitlin Klivak of Rocky Hill and three adored grandchildren Jane, Ava, and Kathryn. He will always be remembered lovingly by his sisters, Barbara Klivak of Branford and Elizabeth Flynn along with her husband William, of Middletown, RI; and nephew Bryan and niece Blair.
A celebration mass and funeral services will be announced and held at a later date. Joe’s funeral arrangements are being entrusted to the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Wethersfield. To extend online condolences and/or share a memory please visit Joe’s webpage at Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Paul Malone

Posted at 12:30pm
Joe was a classmate of mine at Notre Dame. Terrific guy who always had a smile and was most friendly to us at ND. Will not forget him and his positiveness. May he rest in peace and condolences to the family. Last time we saw him was at our small ND cookout on Cape Cod at Dan Smith's Paul Malone ND

Thomas Gilmore

Posted at 01:40pm
Dear Sheila and Family,

I worked for several years with Joe in New Haven at SNET. He was my manager in the Corporate Communications marketing group in the mid 1980's. I respected Joe as a gentleman and someone who cared about those associates that worked with him. My special memory of Joe was 35 years ago when he came to my mother's calling hours to offer my family his condolences. He was a special man in the way he touched my family's lives. I will remember him fondly. Peace be with all of you, may god continue to bless your family.


Tom Gilmore

John Surprenant

Posted at 05:27pm
Dear Sheila,
Recalling 2013, I was so pleased to be able to share our 50th high school reunion dinner at the same table with you and Joe. Joe had not changed much from high school I thought; he was a quality friend and will be missed by many. I am so sorry at his passing. Deb and I share our condolences for your loss and we wish you and your family the best.
With love and prayers,
John & Deb Surprenant
6215 S. Hummingbird Lane
Columbia, MO 65201

Fred Vigorito

Posted at 12:27pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. In the 1970s, Joe and I carpooled to SNET from my apartment, Century Hills in Rocky Hill. Joe was a great guy, and we had some laughs carpooling. He had a great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.

Sr. Joanne Callahan

Posted at 04:24pm
Sheila and family,
I was so sorry to hear Joey's passing. I have so many great and some funny memories of him in our house on Rochdale Terrace. He was a big part of my growing up. Know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sr. Joanne Callahan (Barbara Callahan)

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