Akos J. Wajda

Akos Wadja
Akos J. Wajda, age 77 of Ridgefield, husband of Eva (Karatsony) Wajda passed away on June 1, 2011 after a courageous 10 year battle with multiple myeloma. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1934, he was the son of Aladar Wajda and Elizabeth Nagy.

Raised and educated in Hungary, Akos was an avid swimmer and member of a water polo team and loved hiking in the hills of Budapest. Shortly after the Hungarian Revolution, he fled to Austria on foot with a pack of cigarettes, a flashlight and a compass, crossing the border on New Year’s Eve 1956. He studied technical design and worked in Vienna for 2 years while awaiting entry into the United States.  Akos settled in Fairfield with his wife, later moving to Ridgefield where he retired as a design engineer from the Perkin Elmer Corporation after 28 years.

In his retirement he enjoyed hiking and camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and many other outdoor activities. He was an avid reader, bird watcher, photographer, soccer fan, and dog enthusiast.

Akos is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eva, his daughters Elizabeth Corrigan and her husband John, Susie Orrico and her husband George, Lilian Kuhn and her husband Richard. He also leaves behind a sister Marta Liabl of Budapest, Hungary, and six grandchildren Michelle, Matt, and Ashley Kuhn, Erin and Evan Corrigan, and Kayleigh Orrico.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT on Saturday, June 18th at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 (www.themmrf.org).

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