In Memoriam: Stephen J. Kaluzynski

11.10.13 Stephen J. Kaluzynski, 72, a resident of Route 202 in North Monmouth, died Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Togus VA Medical Center. Steve was a longtime Maine tournament chess player and a welcomed and colorful member of the Augusta Chess Club. He will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Stephen J. Kaluzynski, December 26, 1940 -- November 7, 2013.

1940 - 2013

Stephen J. Kaluzynski

TOGUS -- Stephen J. Kaluzynski, 72, a resident of Route 202 in North Monmouth, died Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Togus VA Medical Center.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1940, in Lewiston, the son of Frank and Nellie Dec Kaluzynski. Stephen attended schools in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army. On Sept. 23, 1976, in Winthrop, he married Maria Sidor of Germany; Maria passed away in 2010.

Stephen was a mill worker, having worked at Globe Albany in North Monmouth and Carlton Woolen in Winthrop for many years. He enjoyed playing chess and belonged to the chess club that met at the Barnes and Noble book store every Tuesday. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting with his three beagles; he loved all animals and really liked feeding and watching them. He also enjoyed fishing and going to the ocean. Stephen had a big heart when it came to animals.

He is survived by his sister, Jenny Wayne of Connecticut; a nephew, Frank Kaluzynski of North Monmouth; a sister-in-law, Susan Kaluzynski of North Monmouth; a good friend, Anna Spiak of North Monmouth; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Maria; his brother, Ray; and his brother-in-law.

The family and friends would like to thank the VA for all the wonderful care and compassion given to Stephen during his illness.

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Steve was always ready to play a game of chess. He was at his toughest when he was behind and gave his opponent a tough game right to the end. He will be missed on Tuesday nights at Barnes & Noble.

Thanks Steve for being such a colorful combatant and always willing to play in the Open sections. We had a fun draw at the last go round. RIP

I am deeply saddened by Steve's death. He will be missed.

Steve will certainly be missed. His presence livened up many a chess event in Maine, from informal blitz games at club meetings to the most formal chess tournaments and matches.

I will miss Steve too: We
had fun together at chess.
We also commiserated with
each other, eg, about how aging was taking its toll.
Jon Malev

Sorry to lose an avid competitor and long-time supporter of Maine chess. Steve loved the game, and was always ready with a laugh regardless of the result.

Steve was a good friend. He was always a colorful chess player. We played many chess games over the years at the club and at chess tournaments. I will miss him.

Poor Steve, born the day after Christmas. That was something he never mentioned but I bet he never got many real birthday presents.

Thanks for this nice article about Steve, always a good sport.

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