Gurovich, John

John J. Gurovich, a lifelong resident of Unionville, passed away at home on Friday, (January 22, 2010) at the age of 87, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gisele (Boisvert) Gurovich. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Linda (Gurovich) Ingvertsen and husband, Peter, of Unionville, Susan (Gurovich) Marston and husband, Tom, of Henderson, NV, and Cynthia (Gurovich) Baskin and husband, Joe, of Suffield. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, Kristen Ingvertsen of Canton, Britt Ingvertsen-Snyder and her husband Craig of Unionville, Scott Marston and his wife, Laura, of Southern California, Christopher Marston of Southern California, Brent and Blake Baskin of Suffield; and one-great grandchild, Garrett Snyder of Unionville. He was predeceased by his son, Johnny, who died while serving his country in Vietnam in 1969, and his two sisters, Catherine Kacmarcik and Agnes Miller. John was born in Unionville, the son of the late Joseph Gurovich and Anna (Koval) Gurovich. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1940 and later from the Wentworth Institute. John was a United States Navy veteran of World War II serving from 1942-1946. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid in the Pacific Theatre, which is now a memorial museum in New York City. He served that ship from 1943-1946 and received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two stars, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with five stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and the American Theatre and Victory Ribbons. During the course of the war the Intrepid was damaged five times by Kamikaze aircraft, yet the ship kept returning to battle. In 1950, he opened John’s Barber Shop in Unionville working until he retired in 1984. He was a lifelong parishioner of the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea and the Knights of Columbus. John’s family would like to give special thanks to those who treated him with patience and kindness throughout his illness. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 4-7 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday, Jan. 25, at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville, at 10 a.m. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Little Sister’s of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082.

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