Anthony Joseph Swiencicki passed away on July 17, 2019 at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz CA at age 86. Tony (or Antosh) was born on February 26, 1933, in Waterbury CT to Waclaw and Helena (Podsiadlik) Swiencicki, both originally from Poland. In addition to his parents, Tony was pre-deceased by 3 brothers, Henry, Alexander, and Steve Swiencicki. Tony was also pre-deceased by his wife, Marie (Rotatori). Tony and Marie were married on 10/12/1957 and shared 62 years together, before her passing in 2015. Tony is survived by his daughter, Lisa Pappas, and husband Lee of Massachusetts, and two sons, Mark Swiencicki and his partner Marjie Buckley of San Francisco, CA, and Paul Swiencicki and wife Shari Scruton of Santa Cruz, CA. In addition to his children, Tony is also survived by three grandchildren, Guinevere, Charles and Dominic Swiencicki, also of Santa Cruz CA.
Tony served in the United States Navy from 1951- 1955 as a Hospital Corpsman Third Class. During his active duty, he was awarded the United States Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. After 4 more years in the naval Reserves, Tony was Honorably Discharged in August 1959.
Tony worked for many years at the Bristol Babcock Company, where he served as a union official, and met his wife Marie. After retiring from the Bristol Company, Tony continued to work. He umpired softball for many years, and also drove the Naugatuck Senior Citizen bus. Tony was a very sociable man, and enjoyed the camaraderie these part time jobs provided him.
Tony was also an avid card player. He loved poker and cribbage, and played whenever he could, even traveling to Las Vegas with his son Paul and daughter Lisa just to play his favorite game.
But Tony’s greatest love, by far, was his family. He cherished his time with his children and grand children, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them.
A longtime resident of Naugatuck CT, Tony lived the last 4 years of his life in Santa Cruz, CA. He spent this time doing all the things he loved: hanging out at Capitola beach 3 times a week, attending his grandkids’ sporting events twice a week, and having Sunday family dinner at his son Paul’s house.
Anyone who knew Tony always talked about how warm and friendly he was. He always greeted you with a smile, a wave and a big “hello”. He always lit up the room with his personality and positivity.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 27. Friends and family may pay their respects from 8:30-9:30 am at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10 am at St Francis Church. Following the burial at St. James cemetery Naugatuck, lunch will be held at 12:30 at Jesse Camille’s.
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