Harry Kossakoski, 94 of Keene died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Langdon Place of Keene.
Harry was born in Winchester, NH on May 22, 1926, the son of Mary (Minatt) and Stanislaw Kossakoski. He graduated from Thayer High School with a can-do/get the job done philosophy. He entered the Army Air Force that year and was sent to Germany the following year. There he met Alexandra whom he married in May of 1948.
After returning home his first solid job was with the MacMillin Co. In the mid-1950’s he joined the R.E. Bean Construction Company. The first large project he supervised in 1957 was the building of MPB (now Timken). In 1959 Bean established a branch in the US Virgin Islands and made Harry general manager.
After leaving the islands in 1963. Harry became a minor partner in Connecticut Valley Construction in Springfield, Vermont. In 1973 he joined Jack Hake to form All Seasons Construction in Springfield. He retired in 1990 and the remainder of his projects were around the homestead which in 2000 changed to Walpole, NH. The pace slowed a little after the death of Alexandra in 2009.
Throughout Harry’s career and after he engaged in many civic activities. He was involved in little league, commander of the Swanzey American Legion. He was also a Rotarian, a Shriner, and a school board member. In addition, he also served on YMCA committees and the Windsor Historical Society. There were also many other efforts, some big and some quiet where he shared his good fortune with communities and people who needed a helping hand.
In 2019 he moved to Langdon Place in Keene where he enjoyed his new friends until some recent illnesses ended his run. He leaves behind his son Alex and wife Coleen in Keene, George, and Sandra in Fort Payne, Alabama, and Gene and Lynn in Walpole. He also leaves a grandson, Ivan Kossakoski of Dover, NH, granddaughters Noelle Joy, No. Kingston, R.I., Katie Kossakoski, Keene and grandson Alexander Kossakoski, Tulsa, Oklahoma There are also great-grandchildren, Brady and Eliot Joy, Rhode Island, and Annabel Kossakoski, Dover.
A private graveside service will be held on May 22, 2021. Donations can be made in Harry’s memory to the Stanislaw and Mary Kossakoski Conant Public Library Fund, c/o Conant Public Library, 111 Main Street, Winchester, NH 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.chshirefamilyfh.com