John Pugzles



John Pugzles died peacefully, in the company of family and favorite music, on August 6, 2017 in Charleston, SC at the age of 67. John was born in Hartford, CT to the late Anthony D. Pugzles and Elizabeth F. Pugzles. He is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Susan Pugzles, who shared wonderful adventures with him in health and cared for him in illness. John was very proud of his children, David Dickinson (Deborah Steffen) and Kelly Housaman (Steve), took great joy in grandchildren Ila, Abbie, Andrew, and Corinne, and had a rich youth with his sister, Betty Lorch (Bob). He is survived by many other loving family members, including brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nephew and nieces. He will be missed by a network of friends around the world, especially in Connecticut, South Carolina, and St. Lucia.
John trained with the United States Marines and at the Connecticut State Police Academy and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in History. He served with dedication during a 30-year career in law enforcement with the Department of Environmental Protection of the state of Connecticut. John was passionate about protection of the environment, preservation of species, and responsible hunting and fishing. After retirement, he pursued diverse activities and volunteer work with the Masons, both in Tolland, Connecticut and Bluffton, South Carolina. At home, he loved spending time with family and caring for his dogs, cats, fish, and beloved cockatoo Bogey. He was especially grateful for the time he had for activities with his grandchildren. He enjoyed garden projects, wood carving, raising fish, and playing pickle ball with others in the Hampton Lake community. An avid and accomplished scuba diver, John provided instruction for people of all ages, including teenagers with special needs. He enjoyed organizing dive trips and provided leadership for many groups around the world. A piece of his heart will always live in St. Lucia, where his many visits and long-term friendships made him a valued part of the local community.
His family plans a celebration of life on September 9, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at or Marantha Farm Animal Rescue at The family would like to thank the staff at MUSC hospitals for their skilled care and their respect for John and his family.