Anthony W. Szamocki
Anthony W Szamocki, 74
Webster - Anthony W Szamocki, 74, of 15 Brandes Street died Saturday night in Webster Manor Nursing Home after a long illness.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Lorraine (Cazeault) Szamocki; three sons, Norman P. Szamocki of Montgomery, Pennsylvania, Michael Szamocki of Webster and John A. Szamocki of East Thompson; a daughter, Donna M. Jarominski of Dudley; a brother, the Rev. John A. Szamocki, pastor of St. Andrew Bobola Church in Dudley; three sisters, Viola Kullas and Florence Czechowski, both of Webster, and Anna Genander of North Oxford; three grandchildren; nephews and nieces. A daughter, Sandra J. Strzelewicz of Webster, died in 1965. He was born in Dudley, son of John A. and Leocadia (Taberski) Szamocki, and lived here most of his life. He graduated in 1936 from Bartlett High School, where he played on the varsity basketball and baseball teams.
Mr. Szamocki was chief of police here for 26 years, retiring in 1984. He joined the Webster Police Department as a full-time officer in 1951 and rose to sergeant in 1956.
He was an amateur boxer for several years. He won the Golden Gloves Championship at Boston Garden in 1941 and the New England light-heavyweight championship. In 1942, he was the Hearst All- American light-heavyweight champion.
Mr. Szamocki was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sergeant in Europe. He saw action in Normandy, northern France and the Rhineland. He was a prisoner of war of the Nazis for six months.
He was a member of St. Louis Church, the Webster Senior Center, the Worcester County Chiefs of Police Association and the Worcester County Sheriffs Association. He was once a member of Webster Lodge of Elks. He was a member of Webster-Dudley Post, American Legion; Walter R. "Tiff" Szynal Post 5, Disabled American Veterans; the American Ex-Prisoner of War Association; and the Polish-American Veterans of Webster.
The funeral was held Wednesday from Robert J. Miller Funeral Home, 366 School Street, with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Louis Church, 16 Lake St. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home were 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
Leukemia Society of America
Central Massachusetts Chapter
340 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
St. Louis School Endowment Fund
5 Lake Street
Webster, MA 01570