Letter: Family thanks people for honoring Edward Kozlowski

To the Editor:
The Kozlowski family would like to thank everyone who came to pay their final respects to our husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, Edward J. Kozlowski, at his wake and funeral last week. We are all very touched by the incredible turnout along with the many kind words and stories shared about him.

He always said you could tell the richness of a man’s life by the number of people who showed up to pay their respects at his wake. By that measure, he was an incredibly wealthy man.

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the staff of Milford Hospital for making him comfortable in his final stay. One nurse in particular (His granddaughter Karen) has our eternal gratitude for her caring, devotion, and professionalism in his last days.

The family is also very appreciative to Mayor Ben Blake, the honor guards from Milford’s Bravest and Finest, and the police motorcyclists who led the way and guided the procession safely from the Smith Funeral Home, to Christ the Redeemer church and finally to St. Mary’s Cemetery.

We’d also like to thank the Milford Elks for the ceremony they performed during the wake and to the members of the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Society of Milford for their solidarity and support.

Lastly, we would also like to thank the members of the Leathernecks motorcycle club made up of veterans of the United States Marine Corps who acted as an additional honor guard during the wake and rode with the motorcade in a show of support. We particularly liked it when they ‘lit it up’ in front of 31 Gunn Street on the final ride to the cemetery. He would’ve gotten a big kick out of that.

He loved Milford. Milford showed us they loved him back.

Thank you.

The Kozlowski family