Julian E. Tomaszewski, 98, of Niagara Falls, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, following a brief illness. Born in Ransomville, he was the son of the late Leon and Mary (Szelep) Tomaszewski.
Mr. Tomaszewski attended Niagara Falls schools and graduated from Trott Vocational High School. He was inducted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and rose to the rank of First Sergeant in 1944. He was honorably discharged in November 1945 after more than four years of service at Fort Niagara in Youngstown; Camp Croft in South Carolina; and Camp Blanding in Florida.
Mr. Tomaszewski retired as a supervisor after a 43-year career with Niagara Alkali Co., Hooker Chemical Co. and Occidental Chemical Corp. in Niagara Falls.
Mr. Tomaszewski was a longtime member of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, until its closing in 2008. He then attended Divine Mercy parish. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Society of St. Vincent de Paul for more than 50 years, and was particularly active with its Food Pantry. He also was very active in Sacred Heart's Holy Name Society, bereavement committee and as an usher. Additionally, he volunteered at St. Mary's Manor and was a member of the American Legion Post 1465 and Woodmen of the World.
He was well-known for his storytelling and excellent memory, always remembering to send his fellow St. Vincent de Paul members birthday cards. For many decades, he and his wife, Sophie (Adamczyk), enjoyed their summer home in Long Beach, Ontario.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Tomaszewski is survived by his daughter, Barbara; grandson Jeff (Melissa) Cain and granddaughter, Laurie (Bruce) Elliott; two great-grandsons, Collin and Evan Elliott and great-granddaughter, Abigail Cain; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Rose (Cancemi), who passed away in 1968. He was also predeceased by three brothers: John (the late Josephine) Tomaszewski of Farmington, Maine; Casmier (the late Irene) Tomaszewski of Niagara Falls; and Stanley (the late Irene) Tomaszewski of Niagara Falls; and a sister, Bernice (the late Joseph) Donaldson of Niagara Falls.
Friends may call Sunday from 3-7 PM at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC., 319-24th St., corner of Welch Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial with military honors will be celebrated Monday January 8th at 10 AM at Divine Mercy Church, 2437 Niagara St., with Reverend Jacek Mazur officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Niagara Falls N.Y. Veterans Memorial, Inc., P.O. Box 2165, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14302-2165 or to Divine Mercy Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 2437 Niagara St., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14303.