Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, February 22, 2018

GRANBY – Deacon Robert D. Navickas, 79, of Granby, Deacon Emeritus of St. Therese Parish there and beloved husband for 43 years of Joan (Chester) Navickas, passed away peacefully on Nov. 7, 2010, at Hartford Hospital.

Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Walter and Olga (Nowegrockas) Navickas, and was a Granby resident for more than 40 years. He attended Central Connecticut State University in New Britain before serving with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed in data processing by Savin Brothers and later retired from the Joseph H. Bertram and Co.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1978 by Archbishop John F. Whealon. After four years of service with St. Therese Parish, he went to St. Joseph Parish in Poquonock, where he served for almost 15 years before returning to St. Therese to assist Rev. Ronald Yelle in 1997.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Edward R. Navickas of Glastonbury; daughters Jean-Marie Brietzke of North Potomac, Md.; and Nancy Ann M. Girardin of Harwichport, Mass.; and 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and by a brother, Edward W. Navickas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 12 at St. Therese Church, followed by burial with military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery in Poquonock.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Gerard’s Center for Life, 22 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114; or to Catholic Charities, 839-841 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.