ARTHUR B. POOLE
When Jane Golec
was growing up in Hartford, A Sunday School teacher
stressed the importance of doing for others. It is the
creed by which Golec has lived her life.
Golec, now retired from he job as a home health aide,
has served many community organizations in town in the
27 years she has lived here. They range from Harwinton
Congregational Church, where she has been a member of
the choir for 25 years, a deacon and served on a number
of committees, to the Friends of the Harwinton Library,
of which she is a founding member.
Her long list of credits includes president of the Harwinton
Historical Society, charter member of the Friends of
the Harwinton Public Library, member of the Hungerford
Memorial Library Board, member of the Harwinton Woman’s
Club, member of the Torrington Council of Churches’
Emergency Fund Committee, and a member of the Harwinton
Veterans’ Memorial Committee. She’s also
a member of the Harwinton Agricultural Society, the
Bronc Callahan Harwinton Hoedown, and the Republican
Town Committee. She was also a Girl Scout assistant
leader and a Cub Scout leader.
It was her efforts to help her neighbors over the years
that most impressed the Poole committee, said Howard
Kreidwise, a spokesman for the group. “This year
we had quite a few nominees, but she stood out a little
more. One of the deciding factors is what she has done
as an individual for her neighbors,” he said.
For Jane Heady and MADD of Litchfield County, Golec
is a valuable member of the group’s victims-impact
Golec speaks to young people at area high schools, at
the police academy and for McCall Foundation about the
tragic loss of her 19 year old son Christopher George
Golec. On the way home from work, Chris Golec died on
Oct., 6, 1989 in an automobile accident caused by a
“I tell them about chris, then about the accident,
and how it devastated our family, not just our immediate
family but aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.”
She said. Golec said she is not a public speaker but
still needs no notes to talk about Chris.
“Jane has found a way to turn a personal tragedy
into something positive,” Heady said. “She’s
always been there. She’s never missed a beat.”
Golec is married to Edward Golec and has two other grown
children; Matthew and Jennifer.
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