02.10.11

Roy S. Kussner, EdD

Roy S. Kussner, EdD 66, formerly of Shelton, Weston, and Avon died on Monday, February 7, 2011 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC after a strong and courageous three year battle with Myelodysplastic  Syndrome with Myeloproliferative Disease. He was much loved by his daughter and son-in law, Kelly and Scott Wulinsky, his son Sean Kussner, and his wonderful grandsons, Tyler David and Ryan Edward Wulinsky, who all spent his last months together in SC and NC.  He was so loved by his sister and brother-in-law, Dale and Brian Osborn and his niece Deanna Osborn of Newington and nephew and his family, Jason, Rebecca, Celia, and Eden Osborn of Chicago, Illinois.   He leaves many cousins and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who all enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor, knowledge about everything and his big bear hugs. He was born in Shelton son of late Morris and Frances Kussner and graduated from Shelton High School in 1962. He received a BS, MS, Sixth and Seventh Year Certificates and a Doctorate in Education. Roy was the consummate teacher of science from the elementary level (mostly in New Caanan) through college at Fairfield University. He loved sharing his knowledge and learning from his students. He was an avid reader, could fix anything, could build anything, and especially loved riding his Harley motorcycle with his friends in CT and Sun City, SC. He will always be in our hearts!

Funeral service at the Beth Israel Cemetery, Lades Pl., Shelton, Sunday afternoon at 2. Memorial contributions may be made to the MDS Foundation, Inc. 4573 South Broad St. Suite 150 Yardville, NJ 08620  or www.mds-foundation.org. The family will be sitting shiva at Dale and Brian Osborn’s house, 66 Patriot Lane, Newington, CT 06111 from Sunday (Feb. 13) 7pm through Monday evening (Feb. 14).

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9 Comments

  1. Sharon Bogen Teller said,

    02.13.11 at 12:07 pm

    I was saddened to learn of Roy’s passing. My childhood was spent in Ansonia & I remember going to Hebrew School with Roy. Reading his obituary I learned what a wonderful life he had only to be cut short by a rare blood disease. May he rest in peace and may his family keep his memory forever in their hearts.

    With Shalom,
    Sharon Bogen Teller

  2. Dale Kussner Osborn said,

    02.16.11 at 11:27 am

    Roy was my big brother in every sense of the word. He showed great love, support and friendship to me and my family always. His sense of humor and wonderful personality brought him friends everywhere he went. He had a loving son, daughter, son-in-law and 2 adorable, sweet grandsons. He had great love in his life and it was returned ten fold.
    Many people have written about Roy on a caringbridge/visit/roykussner website that his children set up for him when he was in the hospital before he died. The comments were poignant and beautiful (as well as funny at times). He will always be in our hearts.
    Dale

  3. Bob Groeschner said,

    02.16.11 at 9:42 pm

    Patty and I worked with Roy throughout his career in New Canaan. We were saddened by the news of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to Kelly, Sean, their families and other members of Roy’s family. Regardless of the educational fads that ebbed and flowed throughout Roy’s teaching experience, he always focused on the making science enjoyable and student centered. His endless variety of interests and talents were frequently brought into the classroom which translated the teaching and learning of science into everyday, practical applications.

    Fair winds Roy.

    Bob Groeschner

  4. melanie galen said,

    02.17.11 at 12:05 pm

    Malcolm and I, Jo and Al Holden enjoyed dinners with Roy when he moved to Avon closer to us. Roy and I were classmates in high school. We took up where we left off. Roy made you feel comfortable immediately when he greeted you with such affection. His love of learning and teaching continued in the best e-mails. We too feel the loss of a special friend.

    Melanie Galen

  5. Wendy Pressel Sullivan said,

    02.17.11 at 2:24 pm

    I was fortunate enough to have been a student at East in New Canaan while “Mr. Kussner” was teaching in the early 1980’s. To this day, he remains my favorite teacher of all time. He taught me both math and science. I loved his fun, warm and generous spirit, and my heart is sad to hear of his passing. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

    Wendy Pressel Sullivan

  6. James and Robin O'Hara said,

    02.17.11 at 9:27 pm

    Dear Kelly and Sean,
    We were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. We shared many good times together and feel your loss. He certainly loved life and lived it well. Our hearts go out to you.

    Jim and Robin O’Hara
    Fairfield Glade, TN

  7. Barbara Gross said,

    02.18.11 at 8:59 am

    Dear Kelly and Sean:

    I was very sorry to read about your Dad’s passing. It doesn’t seem that long ago when you were little kids at Norfield Nursery School and “Miss Kussner” was teaching at Hurlbutt Elementary School. We miss you in Weston. I am glad that you were able to spend Roy’s last few months with him.

    Our love to you
    The Gross family, Barbara, Karen, John and Dacia

  8. Becki Kay said,

    02.22.11 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Kelly and Sean,
    We were all so sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. Your dad was a part of our lives years ago and he was a much beloved part of our world. Our kids had him for science and adored him. They have such fond memories of their time in class with him and will NEVER forget him at the East School Halloween parade! I also worked at Saxe and was lucky enough to spend time in his classroom there. He always made me smile and often gave me wonderful book suggestions. My husband and I had dinner with him a few times and we had wonderful evenings – full of good laughs and interesting stories. He is gone much too early…he will be missed.
    Our condolences,
    Becki, Jon, Jenna & David Kay

  9. RANDY REDDEN said,

    02.25.11 at 12:11 am

    Unfortunately distance made it difficult to spend much time with him, I enjoyed every minute with cousin Roy. He was a great person. God Bless.

    Randy Redden