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John Klizas

John F. Klizas

Monday, October 10th, 1921 - Thursday, March 7th, 2019
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John F. Klizas

STRATFORD, CT. - John Klizas of Stratford, CT passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on March 7, 2019. John was a warm, intelligent and amiable man with a great sense of humor and love for family and friends. If John sat next to you at the track or the local watering hole you’ve just made a new friend.

John was born on October 10, 1921 in St. Clair, PA the son of the late Charles and Anna (Kralicas) Klizas. He attended St.Clair High School and was an alter boy at St. Casimir church. He served his country in the army during WWII and used the G.I. bill to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State. After college he joined the Haloid company in Rochester, NY to help bring Xerography to market. He held a host of management positions at Xerox before retiring in 1986. He continued on as a consultant to various Xerox companies after his retirement. He moved to Stratford, CT in 1976 and was a member of St. Mark’s church.

John is survived by his wife of 64 years Palma (Morreale) Klizas, sons Stephen and Mark and a dozen nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the J.H. Cameron Funeral Home, 26 Rochester Street, Scottsville. His Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10 AM at St. Marianne Cope Parish at Guardian Angels Church, 2061 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Honor Flight Philadelphia, P.O. Box 003, Broomall, PA 19008.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    J.H. Cameron Funeral Home
    26 Rochester Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Marianne Cope Parish, Guardian Angels Church
    2061 East Henrietta Road
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    Rev. Eloo Nwosu
  • Interment

    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    2041 Lake Ave.
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Dick Gray

Posted at 10:14am
John’s obit in the D @ C on Mar. 12 immediately triggered vivid and fond, memories of a time long ago. John and I worked closely for several years - at Orchard St. and the early days
at the Webster complex. I joined the company in the fall of 1960…. Shortly after the intro of the worlds first office copier. My role on that famous team - of John, Horace Merrit, Ed Feinen, Dick Lanphear, Dick Iano,G Turanski and several more was as the industrial Engineer… responsible for designing and installing Xerox’s first assembly line- right there in that old, old building ( Orchard St ) — and then on to Webster in big 207…. Planning and coordinating the move- hour by hour - so as to meet the goals of a greatly increased daily output of machines - that were selling like hot cakes at a great profit for that company exploding on the scene- Haloid / Xerox. I remember that through great teamwork ( John and his people ) and good planning ( my job ) the goals that had been set with great risk- and trepidation ,\those 24 hour moving days raced by….smoothly… and we got there…. And soon after I remember Merrit Chandler paying off a bet based on bottles of booze and/or cases of beer for every carefully counted 914 beyond the advertised goal… a grand old fashioned shin dig at PowderMill Park ; Merrit’s clever trick worked. So many memories of that time and working with good friend John and his people… truly a great team effort with millions in revenue for this small company- that , again, took such great risk with Xerography- a process that almost nobody really understood- beyond its inventor- Chester Carlson. And there were bumps in the road too…. Like as we revved up production, finding that all too often a copy got caught between the fuser and the drum… with the resulting smoke and fire… so we (Horace ) had to come up with a retrofit that included a fire extinguisher
To hang on the side door … scariing the hell out of salesmen and key operators. I remember all the drama associated with finding a place to put this 700 pound monstrostophy somewhere in those often small offices; coming innwith with a fork truck- on a pallet. The decision by our legal team to lease instead of buy; generated billions over the years. Those truly classic great commercials. The broadway shows that were written and produced that travelled the world… I so remember one of the punch lines : :” The world Rocks with Xerox….. “… scantily clad dancing girls across the stage. Creating millionaire overnight around the world…. I remember when I set up our shareholders annual meeting right there in Webster one year— there was one of our janitors… suit and tie… right there in the front row. Some of Johns people - working in the test run section at end of line- actually posted an hourly updated wall hanging of our stock as it moved steadily up on the board. So, so many other memories- and so few to share them with any more. But I must say this… to who ever reads this - John and I spent a lot of time together…. He was so calm under stress…. I was type A with high anxiety. In the later years on the corporate shuttle, we often sat together and reminisced… with a beer and a chuckle. And, there was another connection we had that often came ups in conversation; my wife, Kay, who is still with me after 63 or so years….grew up in PA in Ashand… the coal country right near St. Clair…. That’s a whole other subject.

By the way I went on to have great run with that great Company….. pretty much staying with the engineering, facilities planning end of the business; we created a Real Estate Division - and I too went off to CT….. ending up as Director of Real Estate Operations…..responsible for acquisition and disposition for our properties… which as I recall numbered somewhere around 55 million square feet at the time. ( I retired in. 1987). Still ion touch with some folks from the later years of my career….. but I say honest and truly, those early few years that come vividly to mind as I scribe this now long epistle were the funnest… most rewarding, most memorable in every way….and friend John was , for me , a vital part of that memorable time in my life.


Posted at 08:14pm
A warm wonderful family - Mr. and Mrs. Klizas were like second parents in those early years when we lived next door to them. The name Klizas brings warm memories. My condolences to Mrs. Klizas, Steve and Mark

Jayne Danco

Posted at 08:01pm
So many memories of my Uncle John - many of them from my growing up years - he always had a ready smile and joke. I remember the time that Jeff and I went with Aunt Pam and Uncle John to the seaport and to Yale University - that was early in our marriage. We visited with them many times in CT. From my growing up years, I remember the yearly Lithuanian Days in PA. I remember the many parties for graduations, weddings, birthdays, etc. Whenever, he was there, he brought so much happiness. I will cherish our phone calls and he never would end the call without saying - "we pray for you". I know Uncle John is now with my mother, Aunt Anna and other family members who have gone on before His faith was always so strong. I am thankful for the memories that I will always have. God Bless, Aunt Pam, Stephan and Mark during this difficult time.

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