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Services Set For New Fairfield's Kurtis Liska, 27, Who Died In I-84 Crash

Kurtis Michael Mayer Liska
Kurtis Michael Mayer Liska Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Services are set for Kurtis Michael Mayer Liska, 27, who died after a crash on I-84 on Saturday.

Liska, who was born Feb. 18, 1990, was a New Fairfield resident who grew up in Sandy Hook.

He attended Sandy Hook Elementary School before graduating from Newtown High School in 2008. He began working at Costco Stores in Brookfield upon graduating from high school.

At the age of 6, Liska started playing Little League and Cal Ripken baseball and was regularly selected to the All-Star teams. At 13, he joined the Babe Ruth League and played a few years with them, then played two years of AAU baseball with his friend and coach, Bob Lapple.

Due to his love of the game, Liska played with several adult leagues, including the Newtown Naturals, which was part of the Housatonic Valley Wood Bat League.

He also had an adventurous spirit, robust love of life, and began traveling in his teens. On a trip to California to visit family, he attended Anaheim Angels ballgames and went camping in the California desert.

He also attended the Daytona 500 races for many years with his friend Jeremy Yapp and his family. Special times with his father were trips to Arizona to play golf.

Liska spent many childhood summers fishing with his family on Lower Beverly Lake in Delta, Ontario. As an adult, Liska attended many country music concerts with his friends.

Calling hours will take place at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown, on Thursday, June 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place Friday, June 30, at Newtown Hook & Ladder, Church Hill Road, Newtown, from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Related story : New Fairfield Man Dies After Overnight Crash Near Exit 9 On I-84

He is survived by his parents, Jeffery D. Liska of South Thomaston, Maine, and Lori Fischer Liska of Spring Hill, Fla.; his grandmother, Ruth M. Liska of South Thomaston; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Richard M. Liska Sr.; grandmother, Virginia Roberts; and grandfather, Joseph Fischer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newtown Babe Ruth Baseball League, P.O. Box 133, Newtown, CT 06470. To leave an online condolence visit www.honanfh.com .

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