|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1922|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 2007, USA|
Edward Tomchek, a veteran of Iwo Jima who later worked in construction and helped build Nyack Hospital and the Tappan Zee Bridge. He had divided the last 40 years of his life between Nyack and Greenwich, Conn., where he also owned a home. Though he seldom spoke about his World War II experiences, his family proudly recalled his service at Iowa Jima. He served as a Marine corporal in the 4th Division Fox Company and was a machine gun crewman, an automatic rifleman and a sharpshooter. He was one of the few who survived the first assault wave on Iowa Jima and received a Purple Heart and several other medals. He was a proud Marine. He always wore his Marine jacket and had a Marine emblem on his car. A humble man, he was very interested in hearing other people tell of their accomplishments in war and life. He was born to Michael and Mary Tomczuk. He lived there until 1967, when he moved to Nyack. After serving in World War II, he purchased a Marcus Dairy route in Nyack, where he delivered milk for more than a decade waking up early every morning to begin milk delivery at 5 a.m. He later changed jobs and became a construction worker with union Local 754. He worked on the construction of Nyack Hospital, the Tappan Zee Bridge and the senior housing at Nyack Plaza, where he ended up living for the last three years of his life. For years, he owned Old Green Tavern in Port Chester. His friends would hang out at the popular spot and exchange war stories. He was a volunteer firefighter at Chelsea Fire Department in Nyack for 45 years and of the Mellor Engine & Hose Fire Department in Port Chester. In addition, he was involved with the fire departments in Suffern and Hillburn and Jackson Hose fire department in Nyack, where he would show up for fundraisers, and occasionally cook for the firefighters. He is survived by his wife, Jenny, and daughter Karen Agonito of Greenwich. His son, Michael Edward, and brothers. Stanley and John, died earlier.
Tomchek, also known as Walter Tomczuk, died at Nyack Hospital of cardiac arrest at age 84.
Saint Marys Cemetery
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Mar 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18537966