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George L. Nowicki

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- George L. Nowicki, of Williamstown, formerly of West Arlington, Vt., died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at his home in the Sweetwood Retirement Community in Williamstown. Born in Rutherford, N.J., he grew up in New York City.

He graduated from the College of the City of New York with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree and received a masters degree in the same from New York University. Mr. Nowicki enjoyed a long career as a chemical engineer, and served as head of the Bulk Manufacturing Department of Pharmaceuticals for Burroughs Wellcome Company, as domestic vice president of Quaker Chemical Corp., as president of Selby-Battersby Company, and as managing director of the European branch of Quaker Chemical.

He enjoyed travel, music, reading, photography and stamp collecting, as well as hiking with his dog, camping and playing with his grandchildren.

He was committed to actively serving the communities where he lived and served as a school board member and board president, as a member of a hospital board, in United Way campaigns, and as a member of Vermont Common Cause. He was especially committed to helping the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, Vt., achieve its goals of construction and expansion, aiding in fund raising, and serving on its board. Throughout his life he remained a loving and attentive father and husband.

Son of the late Justin Nowicki and Mary Czeslawa Wojciechowski, he leaves his wife, Mary B. Nowicki, to whom he was married for 59 years; as well as a daughter, Barbara Nowicki Swift, and her husband, Elijah, of Exeter, R.I.; three sons, Peter G. Nowicki, of South Windsor, Conn.; Paul L. Nowicki, of Cary, N.C., James, W. Nowicki and his wife, Kathleen, of Hopewell, N.J,, one brother, Joseph F. Nowicki and his wife, Ina, of Houston, Texas, and eight grandchildren.

There will be a memorial celebration of his life at Sweetwood, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, on Friday, Sept. 29. at 2 p.m., to which all are welcome. Burial will be private. Gifts in his memory may be made to Hospice of Northern Berkshire, Inc., 535 Curran Memorial Highway, North Adams, MA 01247 or to the Martha Canfield Free Library, P.O. Box 267, Arlington, VT 05250.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 West Main St., Bennington, Vt.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 19, 2006
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