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William "Bill" Luczynski

1926-2014 BENNINGTON William "Bill" Luczynski, 87, of Kennewick, Wash., formerly of Bennington, Fairlee, Norwich, Vt. and Naples, Fla., passed away on November 21, 2014 in Kennewick, Wash. He was born December 18, 1926, in Stamford, Vt., the son of Antoni Luczynski Sr. and Mary (Sheppeta) Luczynski. The son of a Vermont farmer he was proud to be a 1st generation U.S. Citizen and a true Vermonter -"born on Vermont soil, without a doctor present". He attended Drury High School, North Adams, Mass. and enlisted in the U.S. Maritime Service (U.S. Coast Guard) immediately following his 18th birthday, serving from January 1945 to July 1949 as a Boatswain and receiving an honorable discharge. His name was added later, with others, into the U.S. Merchant Mariners World War II Veterans Official Crew List at the American Merchant Marine Museum as honoree for sailings in the: N. Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean Sea, and Straits of Magellan. He had been an active member of the American Legion Post 8 for 26 years. After the war he returned to Stamford and North Adams and was employed by A. Mativia Co. and Strong Hewitt. He was a member of the Stamford Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the Vermont State Police May 1957, retiring as Sergeant after 22 years November 1978. His first assignment was White River Junction, then to the Fairlee Outpost, and finally to Shaftsbury Barracks. He served on special assignments with the Mountain Rescue Team and many undercover investigations. During this time he was Deacon of the Fairlee Federated Church and in 1963 served as President of the Windsor County Law Enforcement Association. He was appointed Chief of Police of Norwich, VT December 1978 retiring after 13 years January 1992. During that time he served as: President of the VT Chiefs of Police Association, Trustee of the VT Police Association for 20 years, Representative for VT Chiefs of Police Association to the States Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP), International Association of Chiefs of Police, and New England Chiefs of Police Association. He was a member of the University Grange #335, Director and Life member Norwich Lions Club, Delegate to VT League of Cities and Towns, and Publicity Chairman VT Special Olympics. In 1993 he received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal from the VT Society Sons of the American Revolution. He moved his family five times in his 35 years in law enforcement, which was difficult, but he enjoyed being a police officer and in a position to help others. He always enjoyed conversations and story telling, and seemed to have a smile for everyone. He worked hard from birth to death, becoming a jack of all trades while building, remodeling, or repairing six different homes. He used his service leave to cut timber with a crosscut saw and haul it to the mill with his father's horse. Later, he used this seasoned timber for lumber to build his first home with the help of others. He loved their resort home on Lake Morey in Fairlee, Vt. and all the fun times hunting, fishing and visiting with family and the many guests who stayed there during their 43 years of ownership. He is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Elizabeth "Betty" (Sartori) Luczynski, of Kennewick, Wash., whom he married on September 17, 1949; his brother, Antoni (Jacqueline) Luczynski, Boynton Beach, Fla.; sister, Florence Greenlaw of Clarksburg, Mass.; sons, Gene (Beth) Luczynski and Guy Luczynski, of Kennewick, Wash.; grandchildren, Sarah (Derrick) Hatke, of Kennewick, Wash. and Dr. Paul (Stephanie) Luczynski, of San Diego, Calif.; and great-grand children, Eden, Halle, and Emerson Hatke of Kennewick, Wash. He was predeceased by his parents and half-brothers , Matthew, and Zigmond (aka Jack Lane) Luczynski; half-sisters, Jennie "Ben" Pierce, and Emilia "Millie" LePak; brothers, John, Leo (Evelyn) and Chester Luczynski, and sister, Laura Luczynski. At a later date his cremated remains will be buried in his family plot at the Village Cemetery, Readsboro, Vt. For those who wish, memorial contributions in Bill's memory may be made to a or the Vermont Retired Troopers Association, P.O. Box 1136, Milton, Vermont 05468.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2014
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