111 years ago today… #89

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REMEMBERING MY GRANDFATHER

My paternal Grandfather, Dr. Kusztos Denes was born 111 years ago today, on April 28, 1902 in a small village, called Kibed, in Erdely, Magyarorszag (Transylvania, Hungary), part of Romania since 1921. He was the last, the  32nd child of his family and grew up in an orphanage. He graduated as a teacher and protestant minister in Nagyenyed. He studied  law and theology at the University of Kolozsvar (Cluj-Napoca). He worked as a teacher and protestant priest in various small villages in Erdely and founded a school, a rectory and a community center for the Hungarian minority in an area that became overpopulated by Romanians. He was a talented musician, well known conductor and played the organ, piano and violin.

He moved with his wife, Eszter and two children, Denes and Judit to Hungary in 1941, before Erdely again became part of Romania after WW II. He taught languages in various schools in Debrecen and then Budapest until his retirement. He spoke several languages, including Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, Polish, German, Esperanto and English. He died at the age of 82 after a long and prosperous life serving his country in a tragic historic period of Hungary.

I made the above Conte crayon drawing of him about ten years ago from memory and based on some photographs. On this drawing he was about 80 years old, still vigorous, full of life and energy.  We were very close and I cherish a lot of memories about him. My Grandfather lives in my heart…

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4 thoughts on “111 years ago today… #89

  1. Igen, ez a rajz nagyon jol kifejezi Nagyapa lenyet. Van egy fenykepem rola Kibeden 24 eves koraban Apucival kb.7 evesen, es Nagyapa szeme ugyanolyan 24 eves es 82 eves koraban. Nehez erdekes elete nem torte meg a lelket. Manapsag ez lehetetlen. De Nagyapam igazan hitt es ismerte Istent es az sugarzik a tekinteteben es felismerheto volt cselekedeteiben. Remelem talalkozunk amikor eljon az ido.!!

    • Nagyon meghatoan irsz Ildi Nagyapankrol. Igen, kuzdelmes eletet elt, de elerte celjat. Arvahazi evei utan kantor tanitokent munkalkodott. Budapesten erettsegizett, majd Makkai Sandor puspok javaslatara elvegezte a teologiat es raadaskent doktoralt az allamtudomanyi jogbol a Kolozsvari Egyetemen. Erdelyi evei alatt mint tanito es reformatus lelkesz hitet adott felekezetenek, oktatta az ifjusagot es osszefogta a fogyatkozo magyarsagot a roman aradatban.
      Jo kedelyu, derus, segitokesz termeszetere emlekszem legjobban. Magabiztosan azonnal kapcsolatot teremtett mindenkivel maga korul. Ebed utan leult a zongorahoz, es jokat jatszott. Mennyit veszodott velem, amig vegre megtanultam az orosz es angol ragozast meg nyelvtant. Joszivu, bolcs es derek ember volt. 32 eves koromban hagyott itt bennunket.

  2. Kedves Unokatestvereim!
    En Vargyas Janos vagyok Gagybol. Nehai Kusztos Lajos fia. En is szep emlekeket orzok Nagypapatokrol. Sokszor meglatogatott bennunket Gagyban. Ma probaltam megkeresni Edesapatokat az interneten, es a telefon tudakozoban, sajnos nem volt szerencsem. Benneteket sem talaltalak, csak a Google altal talaltam ezt az oldalt, ahol Ratok ismertem Denes bacsi eletrajzabol. Szeretnem a kapcsolatunkat feleleveniteni. Kerlek, hogy irjatok nekem a vargyasjanos48@gmail.com cimemre.

    Jo egeszseget es minden jot kivanok Nektek es kedves csaladotoknak rokoni szeretettel

    Vargyas Janos

    • Szervusz Janos!
      Remelem, megkaptad a fenti email cimedre a minap elkuldott valaszom.
      Megprobalom a Facebook-on is folvenni Veled a kapcsolatot.

      Rokoni udvozlettel.
      Robert

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