Walter J. Golembeski Jr., 79, of Hawthorne Court in Litchfield died July 28, 2009, after a long illness.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1929, in New Milford, son of Elizabeth (Shanks) and Walter J. Golembeski.

At age 16, Mr. Golembeski enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served at a variety of posts, including as a member of the honor guard and drill team at Eighth and I Street in Washington, D.C.

Following his separation from the Marines in 1951 as a sergeant, he returned to New Milford where he and his family lived until relocating to Brookfield in 1977.

Mr. Golembeski worked for Southern New England Telephone Company for 34 years, retiring in 1985. He also owned and operated a marine construction business on Lake Candlewood and, upon his retirement, founded Western Connecticut Real Estate and Appraisal in Brookfield.

Mr. Golembeski was a coach and president of the New Milford little league and Babe Ruth League in New Milford during the 1960s. His tireless efforts were instrumental in the growth and success of the leagues.

During his five years as little league president, the organization doubled in size and Nestle's Field expanded from two to six fields.

Upon his resignation, the leagues honored him by renaming the Babe Ruth League as the Walter Golembeski/Babe Ruth League.

Mr. Golembeski is survived by his wife, Katherine (Steck) Golembeski; two daughters, Dale Caruso and Donna Winn of Torrington; three sons, Dean of Williamsburg, Va., David of Cheshire and Dwayne of Venice, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Jean Thompson, of Watertown; and a brother, Dennis Golembeski, of New Milford. He was predeceased by a grandson, Glenn Winn.

Services will be private.

The Rowe Funeral Home of Litchfield was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, The Glenn Winn Jr. Campership Fund, P.O. Box 1001, 16 Bird St., Torrington, CT 06790.