Neil Francis Buzynski passed away peacefully at home on May 19, 2021, with loved ones by his side. He was 78 years old.
Neil was born on April 13, 1943, in Portland, Maine, to parents Harriette (Tillson) Buzynski and Frank Buzynski. He lived in Thomaston with his grandparents, parents and brothers at the Tillson family homestead until he graduated from Thomaston High School and joined the Army in 1961.
Neil was deployed to Vietnam with First Calvary Division, also serving with the 101st Airborne Division. While on leave and delivering a message for an Army buddy, Neil met and fell in love with Suzanne Wilbur, his buddy’s sister. They were soon married and started a family. Andrea was born while Neil was serving his second tour in Vietnam and Denise was born four years later in Japan. In 1974, he went from soldier to an armed forces career counselor, which carried him to his retirement in 1982. Throughout these years he was stationed around the world, including Chitose and Okinawa, Japan, Augsburg and Berlin, Germany, Texas, Colorado and Maryland, to name a few. This was the perfect career for Neil, as he absolutely loved to travel and was very interested in world history.
In 1980, Neil discovered a new love with Brigitte Hopff. She, her daughter Anja and the German culture stole his heart and he moved to live in Zeven, Germany, for the next 41 years until his passing.
Interests throughout his lifetime included running (two marathons), skydiving, motorcycling, bicycling, Nordic walking and delicious food. Community service was also a big part of his life. He loved meals with family and coffee with his friends.
Neil will be dearly missed by his wife, Brigitte; his daughter Andrea and her husband, Matt Gerrish; daughter Denise and her husband, Chris Swan; daughter Anja and her husband, Oliver Wamberski. Neil has four grandchildren, Rebecca, Hutchin, Kieren and Helen. He is survived by his brothers John and David Buzynski.
Our father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend will be lovingly remembered.
There will be a graveside service at the Village Cemetery in Thomaston in the spring of 2022.