Walter Joseph Czechowicz, 94, of Elkton, passed away on Sept. 5, 2013, at the Bailey Family Center for Caring, surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Camden, N.J., Walter served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. After being in the service, he started out his career as a pastry chef, and later on became a chauffeur before his final job as a personal assistant to Harry Huizenga. Walter was well known for his love of the harmonica, which he started playing as a 5-year-old, and as an adult he was a member of a group that was appropriately named The Harmonicats. Above all, "Wally," as his friends and co-workers called him, was a joy to be around, as well as being a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen, and by a great-granddaughter, Kourtney Danielle Harmon. He is survived by his daughters, Diane Fogle, and her husband, Thomas, of Elkton, and Sandra Tentarelli of Pompano Beach; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Johns Family Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gary Hutcheson officiating. A visitation, beginning at 4 p.m., will precede the service. Graveside services will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Bailey Family Center for Caring, c/o Community Hospice of NE Fla., 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.