CANASTOTA >> Joseph M. Slivinski, 70, Will New Boulevard, died Sunday afternoon, in the comfort of his home and family, after fighting a courageous four year battle with cancer.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on April 13, 1944, he was the son of Edward A. and Sophie T. Winski Slivinski. A resident of Canastota for the past 33 years, Joe was a graduate of North Syracuse High School and Mohawk Valley Community College and continued his education at Syracuse and Cornell Universities. He married Andrea Andrews in St. Thomas Church, North Syracuse, on May 17, 1969.
Prior to his retirement in 2007, with 32 years of service, Mr. Slivinski was employed with the Madison County Highway Department, first as the Deputy Highway Superintendent, and in 1980 was appointed as the County Highway Superintendent and Coordinator of Solid Waste. He was also appointed supervisor of the Solid Waste Landfill for the county and was a licensed land surveyor.
Joe was a veteran of the Viet Nam War, serving with the United States Army, where he was recipient of several medals, and always remained a very proud American.
He was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, Oneida and a member of the New York State Association of Land Surveyors, the Central New York Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, Madison County Planning Board, where he served as president, the Madison County Environmental Management Council, New York Association of County Highway Superintendents, where he served as first vice-president and president, National Association of County Engineers, Association of Road and Transportation Builders of America, Madison County Association of Town Highway Superintendents, where he served as vice-president, Transportation Committee for the New York State Association of Counties, New York State Route 8 Improvement Committee, Madison County Traffic Safety Board, where he served as chairman, Canastota Rotary Club, having served as president and the Madison County Business Development Corporation, serving as president.
Surviving besides his wife of 45 years, Andrea, are his daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Lonnie Mc Laughlin of Landenberg, Pa.; two grandchildren, Abby and Kyle Mc Laughlin, who fondly remember referred to him as ""Giggy;"" his beloved dog and loyal companion, Molly; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Sonya Orso in 1990.
Funeral services, to celebrate and commemorate the life of Joe, will be held 10 a.m., Saturday from St. John's Episcopal Church, where the Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated by the Rev. James Heidt. Interment will be made in St. Patrick's Cemetery. There are no hours of visitation prior to the funeral service. Contributions, in his memory, may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675, St. Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38015 or St. John's Episcopal Church, 341 Main St., Oneida, N.Y. 13421. Arrangements are under the direction of the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida.
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Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on July 3, 2014
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