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He was planning to propose to his girlfriend. Then life took a tragic turn – Berkshire Eagle



Matthew Grozik, right, was planning to propose to his girlfriend, Kimberly Massimino, left, but, Grozik was killed Monday in Sandisfield, while driving a company van through the Berkshires to deliver breathing equipment to a nursing home in New York. Massimino said she doesn’t know how the crash happened, but said it shattered their plans to start a family.




SANDISFIELD — Life for Matthew Grozik was heading in a good direction after many a hard knock and a pandemic spent risking health and sanity as he delivered ventilators and oxygen to nursing homes around the region.

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“He did it without hazard pay; he did it without any bonuses. He said it was bigger than him.”

— Isa Kalichi, speaking about his friend, Matthew Grozik

Grozik, a resident of Cheshire, Conn., was planning to propose to his girlfriend, Kimberly Massimino, and the two were about to spend their first Christmas together. He also had plans to work toward a license that would allow him to drive big trucks and make more money.

But, all that vanished Monday afternoon.

Grozik, who turned 32 last week, was killed in a crash on Route 8, just after 3 p.m., as he drove a 2018 Nissan van owned by his company through the Berkshires to deliver breathing equipment to a nursing home in New York. He collided head-on with a 2014 Ram 1500 pickup whose 49-year-old driver, of Hinsdale, was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Police have not released his identity or information about his condition.

Massimino said she doesn’t know how the crash happened, but said it shattered their plans to start a family.

The news devastated those who knew Grozik, who worked for Acute Care Gases in Wolcott, Conn. Several friends reached out to The Eagle to say they just had lost a man who gave his best to others, even when he himself suffered, or suffered for others.

“He worried about everybody, and that was why he had the [stomach] ulcer,” said Michael Richardson, his closest friend. “If you were going through it, he was going through it, and he would drop whatever he was doing for you.”



Grozik holds the daughter of his friend, Michael Richardson. Despite his struggles, Grozik was genuine, generous in every way, and kept his promises, friends say.



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