Adam P. Nowik, Sr.
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Hyde Park - Adam P. Nowik, Sr. entered into rest 91 years to the day of his birth and 67 years to the day of his marriage.
Born in Scranton, PA, on August 10, 1923 to Adam Nowik and Adella Kobeska. Adam was the middle child of eleven children. His family relocated to Poughkeepsie when Adam was three. He grew up on Gate and Laurel Street. He would regale us with stories of his youth about skiing down Church St. hill in the winter, rowing a boat to Kingston to get railroad ties to bring home and burn for heat, watching the WPA build the stone wall across from Stitzel Field where he used to play football. He had many tales of missing school for occasions such as target practice, hunting, sneaking into the movies or working at the circus when it came into town. If was not always the carefree life of a child, but a learning experience as well.
Family was very important to Adam. His father died when Adam was 14 years old, and he had 5 younger siblings at home. He took on all sorts of jobs to help bring income to the family. Adam attended St. Joseph's Polish School as a child, then Poughkeepsie High School, and from there to trade school to become a machinist.
He entered the US Army Air Corps at the age of 18 and was stationed in Denthorpe, England, as part of the 401st Bomb Group, 613th Squadron, 8th Army Air Force. He attained the rank of Sergeant, and had many tales of exploits from his Army days. He kept in touch with some of his Army buddies, through the years, and attended several of the 401st Bomb group reunions in Denthorpe, England. He took numerous photos while in the service and had donated them to the WW II Memorial Museum in Denthorpe, for display.
He returned to Poughkeepsie after the service and worked at Trussell Manufacturing where he met the love of his life, Emma R. Bocchino. They courted for 2 years and were married at Holy Trinity Church in Arlington on August 10, 1947. Adam, along with his father-in-law, Thomas G, Bocchino, built he and Emma's home on Lawrence Road in the City of Poughkeepsie. He and Emma had almost 50 happy, eventful years and memories in that home. Almost 10 years after their marriage, they were blessed with their first born child, Adam Jr., and much to their surprise, twin daughters, Janice Maria and Adela Joy, 16 months later.
During this time, Adam went to work for Daystrom, sailing out to sea from Woodshole, MA, for 6-8 weeks at a time. He still talked of riding out a hurricane onboard ship and what a ride that was.
In 1961, Adam went to work for IBM Corp and had a fulfilling career running a machine shop as a Senior Administrator. He made many lifelong friends from his days at IBM. He retired in 1986, after 25 years of service, and belonged to the Quarter Century Club. Adam was a past president and life member of the Dutchess County Sportsman 's Association. He was a member of the Hyde Park AARP. He was also a life member of the former Polish American Citizens Club. Adam was very active in politics in the City of Poughkeepsie, He was Alderman of the 7th Ward for many years, Democratic City Chair and Democratic County Chair. he worked tirelessly for his constituents, and members of the police and fire departments. One of his proudest accomplishments was the implementation of Maple Wood Senior Housing and Library annex. Adam had many loyal and devoted friends from his political career.
Adam leaves behind his cherished wife, the former Emma R. Bocchino, son Adam P. Nowik, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, of Town of Poughkeepsie; daughters: Janice M. Walz, and husband, Carl, of Conway, SC; Adela Nowik-Ronsani, and husband, Angelo of Hyde Park, NY; his grandchildren, the light of his life: Rachel L. Ronsani and her intended, John Knighton, of Colonie, NY; Anthony Ronsani of Hyde Park, NY, and Rory Nowik of the Town of Poughkeepsie; step grandchildren: Scott Holmes and fiancée Djamilia Iagia of Wappinger's Falls, Leah Holmes and fiance Lee Hall of West Virginia; Meaghan Holmes of Tennessee; Gregory Walz and wife, Lisa, of Town of Poughkeepsie; Christopher Walz and wife, Andrea, of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind great grandchildren: Jude and Charlotte Rathbun, Vanille Hall, Daniel, Christopher Jr., Alexius, Kaylee, Benjamin, Olivia and Issac Walz. He is survived by his brother, Walter, of Town of Poughkeepsie; sister-in-law Yolanda Grebos, of Linwood, NJ, and brother-in-law, Ray Hall,of Lexington, KY. He was predeceased by his sisters: Madeline Kocot Markowski, Helen Plotnick, Jean Trebby, Florence Burns and Irene Conn: brothers John, Chet and Leo, He was also predeceased by special sisters-in-law, Helen Goldstein and Ronald, Louise Beneway and Roy; brother-in-law Ernest Bocchino and Caroline. Adam leaves behind many lifelong friends whom he called daily; James and Claire Coombs, Julian Blasi and judith Clemente, John Miglis, Michael Laffey, Ed McGurty and Joseph Ruggiero.
At the age of 90, Adam decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of living on a lake and purchased a home in Conway, SC , where he made special friends: Ken and Janise Volpe, Jennifer, Greg and Savanna Owen; Regina and Al Lane; Rich Fisch, and Victor Hardin. Even though their friendships were short, it felt as if they'd known each other for years.
Adam was a man amongst men, a caring son, a loyal brother, a wonderful husband, a devoted father and grandfather. a great uncle and as best a friend you could ever wish for. His stories and memories will last all who knew him a lifetime.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Dutchess County SPCA 636 Violet Ave. Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Calling hours will be Friday, August 15, 2014, 4-8PM at Timothy P, Doyle Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY. A mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday at 10am at Holy Trinity Church Poughkeepsie, NY. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery Poughkeepsie, NY.
Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home
371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15, 2014