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84, Former U.S. Defense Dept., Intelligence Analyst Walter E. Boryczewski died on November 9, 2013, as a result of too much kielbasa, sauerkraut, beer, bourbon, vodka and tobacco products (smoking and chewing varieties). He died peacefully surrounded by family just shy of his 85th birthday. Walter was born in Worcester, Massachusetts December 2, 1928 the son of John V. and Mary (Nee: Miloszewski) Boryczewski. In 1946, he volunteered and joined the U.S. Army at age 17. He served in tank units attached as part of the 88th Infantry Division in Italy (1946-1947), and the 82nd Airborne Division and 3rd Infantry Division in the U.S.A. (1948-1949). Walter graduated from Clark University, Worcester, Mass. in 1953 with a B.A. in Geography. In 1954, he entered U.S. Government Service in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1957, he started his career with the U.S. Army Map Service as a civilian Intelligence Research Analyst in Logistics covering troop movements and supply on highways, railroads and inland waterways of foreign countries. In 1961, his unit became part of the newly-formed Defense Intelligence Agency. In 1975, he volunteered for a three year assignment to an Intelligence Unit of the U.S. Army Europe VII Corps stationed near Stuttgart, Germany. In 1978, he returned to the Defense Intelligence Agency in the U.S.A. and retired in 1983 as a GS-13. Walter was an avid traveler and visited many countries and parts of the U.S. He traveled to Mexico, Peru, Porto Rico, Uruguay, England, Copenhagen, Denmark, France, Austria, Italy, Monaco on the French Riviera, Germany and Argentina. He motored from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean three times. He was an avid hiker and spent many days hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland and Virginia; and the Mt. Katahdin area in Maine as well as the Black Forest of Germany. He also visited Hawaii. In 1990, he moved to Santa Rosa, California of which he had read about and wanted to explore the area before he "cashed in his chips." He loved living in Santa Rosa because of the trees, hills, and mild climate. He worked two crossword puzzles a day in two daily newspapers, enjoyed listening to Russian and Polish music, and read books extensively on history, biographies, autobiographies, travel and philosophy. Mostly he enjoyed his numerous relationships with his family and friends. He helped them in any way possible whenever needed. Many strangers in need of help were also recipients of his compassion and generosity. He loved animals, especially cats and in his retirement years adopted a striped, female "alley cat" named Hippie. Walter is survived by his sister Helen A. Sohigian of Worcester, MA.; nieces Candace Jaegle of Worcester, MA. and Lauren Knoff of Los Banos, CA.; nephews Timothy Jaegle of Shrewsbury, MA.; Gary Jaegle of Auburn, MA.; Brian McNally of Newtown Square, PA., and Kevin McNally of Ocala, FL. Walter was preceded in death by his two sisters, Florence B. Meyer (nee Boryczewski); and Teresa McNally (nee Boryczewski). Walter gives his sincere thanks to all the people who loved him; for making his journey through life a happy one; and, in the words of a 1940s Woody Guthrie song he heard and liked "So long, it's been good to know ya." The family thanks his compassionate caregiver, Mary, who contributed to his quality of life to the very end, and the incredible doctors, nurses and staff at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. A Memorial Mass was said at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Worcester, Ma. on January 18. Mr. Boryczewski requested that his ashes be inurned at San Joaquin National Cemetery.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2014
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