Joseph Benjamin Golas Sr.
Joseph Benjamin Golas Sr., husband of Margaret (Labis) Golas, passed away peacefully Jan. 8, 2017. He was born in Thompsonville on March 18, 1922, to Stephen and Katherine (Kida) Golas. In 1936, at 13, and until 1942, he formed and coached an ages 10 to 12 baseball team ending with 15 to 16 years old. His teams won three regional championships, in 1939, 1940, and 1942. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 and returned to Thompsonville to take a job with the United States Postal Service, where he would work for 35 years ending in the accounting office. He coached the adult American Legion league from 1946 to 1948, which finished second place each year. In 2003, he was inducted into the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame for his work with the Enfield youth on his midget, junior, senior, and adult teams. He had a vegetable garden each summer and in addition to the regular vegetables, he grew tiny white popcorn, broom corn celery, and potatoes. He was a faithful communicant of St. Bernard Church. His family, praying, sports, reading, and word jumbles continued to be his joy and pastimes throughout his entire life. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret; his children, Joseph Jr., Father John, administrator of St. Bernard Church, Margaret, Stephen (Terri), and Father John Pham CSsR; and his three grandsons, Kevin, Thomas, and Jack. His brother, Matthew, lives in San Antonio, Texas; and he was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Margaret. He had many beloved nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Evergreen Rehabilitation Center and the staff and Sisters of St. Joseph's Residence for their care and support. Visitation is at St. Joseph's Residence, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard Church, 424 Hazard Ave., Enfield, Thursday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, CT 06082, Little Sisters of the Poor, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082, or Felician Sisters, 1335 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082. Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels is assisting his family with arrangements. For online condolences, visit www.brownefuneralchapels.com
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