Philip Yurechko, Sr.

Born: Mon., May 7, 1923
Died: Mon., Aug. 3, 2015


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 06, 2015
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 07, 2015
Location: Pachaug Cemetery

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Philip Yurechko, Sr.
May 7, 1923 – August 3, 2015

Griswold - Philip Yurechko, Sr., 92, of Bitgood Road passed away Monday morning at The Backus Hospital in Norwich.
He was born May 7, 1923 in New York, NY to the late Michael J. and Mary (Lemchuk) Yurechko.  He was married to Rita (Cyr) Yurechko. She predeceased him.
Phil proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII.  He was the owner of Griswold Bottled Gas and Yurechko Tree Farm.  He served as 2nd Selectman for the town of Griswold for 16 years.  He was a lifetime member of the Pachaug Outdoor Club and Mystic Rod and Gun Club.  Phil was an honorary lifetime member of the Griswold Fire Department.
He is survived by his son Philip Yurechko, Jr. and his wife Lucy, his daughters Patricia Robin and her husband Ron, Carol Yurechko and Joan April Shorey and her husband Al, a sister Sophie Woodmansee, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Beside his wife he was predeceased by his brother Victor Yurechko.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4:00PM-7:00PM at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT.  A graveside service with military honors will be 11:00AM Friday at the Pachaug Cemetery, Griswold. For online condolences please go to
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Phil’s memory to the Griswold Fire Department Voluntown Road Griswold, CT 06351.

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Dieter Bromkamp
   Posted Tue August 04, 2015
Dear Yurechko Family,

Know that we share in your loss of a wonderful, nurturing, caring man and a guiding beacon in the day to day activities of the Pachaug Outdoor Club. Phil was my mentor as an Instructor in the State of Connecticut's Conservation Education/Firearm Safety program over 15 years ago. I sincerely enjoyed teaching with him as he always enjoyed sharing his vast knowledge of the outdoors with the younger generation. He was and forever will be an inspiration to all how have a passion for the outdoors.

May God Bless Him and the entire Yurechko Family.

With deepest Sympathies,
Dieter Bromkamp and Family
BoD and Member, Pachaug Outdoor CLub

the Shaw Family
   Posted Wed August 05, 2015
We share your feeling of loss and pray for peace for all. Getting our Christmas tree every year will never be the same. May he rest in eternal peace cradled in our Saviors arms.

Gordon Page
   Posted Wed August 05, 2015
Dear Yurechko and Cyr Families,

I first met Phil when I was sitting on the Cyr's porch talking to Rita's younger brother with whom I had played Commandos in the woods across the street during WWII. A dump truck pulled up in front of the house and out dashed a young man who asked if Rita was home.

Phil and my father became close friends through their common interests in shooting, love of the outdoors and the Pachaug Outdoor Club. Phil did many deeds of kindness for my parents from dropping off Christmas trees to visiting my father in NH during his late years. I am glad that both of my parents got to know this wonderful man.

Kitty Harrington
   Posted Thu August 06, 2015
Dear Yurechko Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest sympathy. We first met your father through my own father several years ago. Their association first started out as business acquaintances, then they developed mutual respect and a friendship. Your dad talked about flying up to visit my mom and dad. That never happened, but hopefully now they can take as many flights together as they wish. We always enjoyed seeing him when we got our tree. We will miss his presence.
Kitty Bacon Harrington, husband John, and daughter Shauna Harrington

Nora Modi Kurimai
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015
Dear Yurechko Family,
I grew up knowing your father and family. It saddens all of the Modis to hear of your father's passing. He was such a kind and generous man. For many years, he donated a Christmas tree to my husband's church in Norwalk. All he asked was that the church members would pray for him...and they did. God granted him 92 wonderful years of life on earth and now everlasting life in heaven. May he rest and peace. Our love to you all. Nora

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