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 https://www.stjude.org/ or Marantha Farm Animal Rescue at http://www.maranthafarm.net/. The family would like to thank the staff at MUSC hospitals for their skilled care and their respect for John and his family.
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John was an intelligent, witty, and dedicated Game Warden, a real individual that was true to himself and loyal to his family and friends. John will be missed and he and all of his family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.
Tight lines to ye Brother.
Submitted by Mike Enright on Aug 16 2017 10:20:11 AM
Rest in Peace, cousin, and my deepest sympathy to your family.
Submitted by Pat Austin on Aug 14 2017 01:28:22 PM
We will miss John. We send Sue our love and kind thoughts.
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Dick & Beth Ledbetter lit a candle on Aug 14 2017 12:58:05 PM
I came to know John first as a co-worker, then neighbor and friend. We spent a lot of time together in the field and hunting and fishing off the job...although John never really was "off the job" the whole time. He was the consummate game warden who left a legacy that I still hear about from many other hunters and fisherman. He left his mark well on all who came to know him. Thoughts and prayers to Sue and family.
Submitted by Mark Clavette (DEP Wildlife Biologist RET.) on Aug 14 2017 12:22:35 PM
When I started as a fisheries biologist with the DEP, John was already legendary. Even WE thought he was concealed behind every bush or boulder while we were hunting or fishing. All the bandits thought the same thing. We shared many laughs and I learned a lot from John and called him a friend-of-the-herrrings! Peace to Sue and family. George Babey, DEP Inland Fisheries, retired.
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John, Rest in Paradise, Brother. We only knew each other a very short time, but enjoyed our times together. Sempre Fi and Hoo Rah.!!! My condolences to Sue and your family.
Submitted by Michael Brodzicki on Aug 13 2017 01:02:57 PM
John, you were my friend and mentor, you will be missed. May you rest in peace. My sincere condolences to Sue, Kelly, and all of your family. Laura Pettus
Submitted by Laura Pettus on Aug 13 2017 11:31:53 AM
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