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John C. Kawaky

February 25, 2019
Pine Island Eagle

John C. Kawaky was born on August 21, 1937 in Bellows Falls, VT to Helen T. (Prokulewicz) and John Carroll Kawaky.

JK was a great outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing and was on the ski patrol at Okemo Mountain in VT. He was a talented musician playing trumpet, piano and saxophone. He was a Vermont State Champion golfer in high school and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he was on the ski, basketball, and golf teams. After studying geology at St. Lawrence, he worked at National Research Corp. in Cambridge, MA as a mass spectrographer and acquired Connecticut Valley Orchard in 1960 commuting between the two. He married Elizabeth Mae (Chaisson) in 1965.

John and Elizabeth ran a white faced Hereford cattle farm in Oakham, MA and the orchard while he worked for many years as a Ceramic Engineer in the Abrasives Division of Norton Company in Worcester, MA. As a Ceramic Engineer he traveled and worked with many granite quarries in NH and VT. Always an entrepreneur, he also started and ran Northeast Abrasives, an abrasive recovery business. He retired in 1983 and established Green Mountain Marine on the Connecticut River in Rockingham so he could be in his native Vermont. He still consulted for Norton Company, traveling

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the world and working in such places as Somalia, Africa and Southern France.

JK also served in the Vermont Air National Guard and on the Marine Patrol of the Vermont State Police on Lake Champlain.

He was an amateur pilot with an instrument rating and served for many years on the board of the Westminster Institute. He was fluent in the Polish, Russian and German languages and was a gourmet cook known for his game dinners and colorful stories of his hunting expeditions and world travels.

He died unexpectedly on February 1, 2019 at his beloved waterfront second home in St. James City (Pine Island) Florida where he loved to fish on his vintage Boston Whaler in the Gulf of Mexico. He enjoyed the health benefits and camaraderie at the Pine Island Community Pool. John's fishing buddy and co-founder of the "Pool Of Knowledge", Kenny Towey of Bokeelia, passed away 12 days after JK on February 11. They are likely swapping hunting and fishing stories and cracking jokes with their dry sense of humor.

John leaves his partner of 24 years, Pamela Paddock, his daughter Karol Kawiaka of White River Junction, his son John C. Kawaky, Jr. of Bellows Falls, his son Justin C. Kawaky of Tucson, Arizona, and his grandson Tristan Kawaky of San Diego, California. He is profoundly missed.

An informal memorial service will be held at the Elks Club in Bokeelia, Florida on Sunday, March 10, from 2 to 4 pm.

 
 

 

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