STAMFORD, Conn. – John R. Kaiko, of Stamford, died Friday, March 4. He was 98.
He was born in Griswold on Dec. 30, 1917, to Alexander Kaiko, Sr., and Katherine (Stigo) Kaiko, who emigrated from Poland and settled in southeastern Connecticut. He grew up on his family's farm near Pachaug. He started school in Griswold, and at the age of 14, was forced to leave school due to osteomyelitis. At 17, he went back to school, though he was again forced to give up his studies to help on the farm.
He took courses at the state trade school in Putnam and at Norwich Free Academy and received certificates from both while he worked at A Spinook Corporation in Jewett City as a machine operator. In 1941, he began working for the New Britain Machine Company as a set-up specialist. In 1942, he signed up to work for the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In 1944, he returned to Connecticut and New Britain Machine. He received his high school diploma in 1958, and in 1959, he founded his own firm, K-B Manufacturing Co.
He married Ann Kraft of Newington in 1948. He loved golf, fishing and skiing. He was a member of the Men's Club of St. Mary's Church in Newington, as well as a member of the New Britain Hunting and Fishing Club, of which he became president.He was also a member of the American Society of Tool Engineers. He was a Dartmouth College football fan, and attended games every year with his wife.
He and his wife, Ann, raised three daughters, Jo-Ann Kaiko of Newington, Judy Daunt of Manchester, and Jackie Kaiko of Stamford, who all survive him. He is also survived by his sons-in-law, Marshall Millsap and Stephen Daunt, Sr.; and two grandsons, Stephen Daunt, Jr., and Nicholas Daunt.
Services will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Meditation Room at the Villa at Stamford (formerly Smith House), 88 Rock Rimmon Road, Stamford. Interment will be held private.
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