John B. Kwak
1942 - 2021
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John B. Kwak, 78, passed away at Albany Medical Center on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. He was born in Schenectady and lived there for all of his life. In his younger days he enjoyed softball and bowling. John loved to golf with his relatives and friends when he could. He also was a very active volunteer in the community and enjoyed his nights as an usher at Proctors Theatre and assisting at the "Things of my very own" charity. He would always have a very upbeat attitude and wanted to make people laugh. John was a warehouse operator at Calarco Foods Co. out of school and then became a deputy sheriff with Schenectady County. Lieutenant Kwak spent over 25 years in service to the county before retiring. John was predeceased by his brothers, James and Richard Kwak. John was the beloved husband of the late Patricia (Pyszkowski) Kwak who he wed on September 21, 1963. He was the devoted father to Bruce (Jean Allen) Kwak and Michael (Eileen) Kwak. John is the loving brother of Cassandra (Nicholas) Kopchick, Susan (Vincent) Loffredo, David (Robin) Kwak, Eugene (Anita) Kwak, Celeste Kwak, Alice Gilroy and Tracy (Russell) Oppelt. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday at 12 noon from the Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home, 501 Union St, Schenectady, followed by a Mass at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Luke's Church, State Street, Schenectady. Interment will be in the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. Calling hours will be Thurs from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the "Things of my very own" charity, 249 Green St, Schenectady, NY 12305 in memory of John B. Kwak.


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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Feb. 8, 2021.
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February 15, 2021
John, I just found out that you left us.. I'm so sorry... My Blessings are with you forever. I remember we met in The Scotia Diner on Rt 50 near Target. We had a great conversation.. I also miss Ritchie. Many Blessings My Friend
Mike Eplite
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February 11, 2021
We met John working as volunteers at TOMVO but our friendship continued beyond our tenure there. We enjoyed our monthly lunch meetings at the Queen's Diner. John would always share funny stories and have us laughing the entire time. We will miss his big heart, sense of humor and friendship and will always think of him whenever we see a golf cart! Rest in Peace John
Don and Joanne Capone
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February 10, 2021
Lieutenant Kwak signing off... sleep well my friend you will be missed but always remembered!!!!!
Danielle Torain
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February 10, 2021
Sorry to hear about John's passing. He was a great guy who put others welfare above himself during his long-time service as a deputy sheriff. I remember the days when we used to unload thousands of 6-10 cases from railroad cars and onto to our trucks for deliveries.
Tom Calarco
February 9, 2021
He was a big part in Henry’s and my life.I will miss our laughters together, our calls, his advice and him trying to teach me to speak a better english.He was a very good friend amd he will be deeply missed.
Henry and Nicole Heinz
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February 9, 2021
Nicole and Henry
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February 9, 2021
John was the kindest person I've ever met had a lot of laughs with him at the glenville queen he will be missed rest in peace john
Lynn Zenner
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February 8, 2021
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February 8, 2021
Gene, Anita, and Celeste. I am sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Sending healing prayers to the family. Rest in peace John.
Paul Osborne
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February 8, 2021
I knew him well John was my Lt. At the sheriff's department for over 20 years and he always treated people with respect and dignity I will never forget him R.I.P and GOD BLESS his family
O.j carlos
February 7, 2021
I remember drinking coffee most mornings when we volunteered together i miss the mornings like that and will keep them in my heart always rest in peace John
John P Burton
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