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Kaczowka, Tomasz


Webster: Tomasz Marian Kaczowka, at the age of 19, passed away in the line of duty with his mentor and close friend, Lt. Michael "Chip" Chiapperini on December 24, 2012.

Tomasz was born May 16, 1993 in Rochester, NY to Janina and Marian Kaczowka. He attended Webster Thomas High School, graduating in 2011.

After high school, Tomasz committed his life to Civil Service through several avenues. Whether it was through working the overnight shift as an emergency dispatch operator for the City of Rochester, or waking up all hours of the night to attend various emergencies, this selfless young man devoted every spare ounce of his effort and courage to help those who needed it, right to the end. Everyone's "little brother" died doing what he loved.

He is survived by his mother and father, Janina and Marian; along with his older twin brothers, Dariusz and Greg; grandparents, Mieczyslaw and Stanislawa Lysik; aunts, Alicia (Wladek) Wojtowicz and Teresa Lysik; uncle, Stefan (Jolanta) Lysik; and loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Rochester and Poland, and the extended family at West Webster Fire Department.

The public may call 6-9 PM Friday, 12-3 & 6-9 PM Saturday at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road, Webster. Tomasz's Funeral Mass will be held on Monday at St. Stanislaus Church (Hudson Ave. at Norton St., Rochester) at 10 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to West Webster Fire Dept. or St. Stanislaus Church in Tomasz's memory.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2012.
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December 24, 2019
7 years have come and gone and I rewrite this message of love and concern for you, Tomasz' family because I know first hand that your broken hearts will need God's divine mercy and strength for the coming days, weeks, months and years. My brother, Lt. Joseph Leavey, FDNY, was killed on September 11th 2001 and I and my family were changed forever. Time has healed us along the way but the thoughts, prayers and kindness shown by friends, family, the fire department and strangers around the world was so important and reinforcing to us on our saddest days that I encourage you to take in and cherish all this love and concern that is coming your way to keep you functioning and uplifted. My family and I can relate to in the most intimate of ways to your loss. Tomasz will live on in your memories and in others memories for the example of unselfishness and bravery that he set in the way he lived his life. I pray that others will follow in his footsteps; his love for humanity showed through in the way he lived his short but impactful life. Our family will pray for yours from this day forward. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. God give you strength and I pray that your precious faith carries all of you through all your days to come. Just this past year my husband and I attended a Sunday liturgy at St. Stanislaus and we saw the beautiful stained glass tribute to your son. It is your precious faith that sustains you. With love and understanding beyond words...
Nora Coco
December 22, 2019
We remember
Judy Palma
December 21, 2019
We will never forget, Blessings to his family this Christmas season.
Paul & Chris McCartney
December 20, 2019
Thinking and praying for all of you as you go past another yr. Without Tomasz. May Jesus Bless you all with his Love and Peace that only he can give.
Kathleen Dalheim
December 20, 2019
Still praying for Tomasz (repose of his soul) and his family everyday.. I met him a few days prior to his departing (at St Stanislaus Church) and taught a few of his friends.. What a wonderful young Catholic man...
Kathryn Majumdar
January 26, 2013
January 25, 2013
It is healing for people to share their losses and grief. My family lost a 35 year old mother of three young children six years ago, and we set up a foundation for her and her kids, which raises money to help the less fortunate children in a local, poorer community. There was a lot of publicity and outpouring of support regarding the circumstances of your son's passing, but I also know that his life and loss is a very personal and private affair which his brother eloquently and courageously expressed during his eulogy. I thank his family for their courage, strength and kindness and for letting people share their own stories about Tomasz. Chief Seattle wisely said, "There is no death, only a change of worlds."
January 24, 2013
I did not know your son, but my prayers are with you and your family..I too lost a son and I know the pain is deep.he will always be with in peace Tomasz.
January 23, 2013
Dear Mr & Mrs. Kaczowka,
I don't have the words right now to tell you just how very sad I am about your son, Tomasz's passing. I worked with him at the 911 Center and we would always joke back and forth who cooked the better Polish Food. His mom or my wife. I will so very dearly miss him as well as "Chip" and I hope the angels up above know just what a special young man they have now flying with them and looking down on us...Rich - 911 Center
Rich Kirby
January 4, 2013
Dear Janina and Marian, please accept my sincere condolences. The loss of your heroic son is surely a terrible burden for you, and his death in this horrific situation, especially at such a young age, must be truly devastating. I want to assure you of my prayers in his behalf, and for your entire family. May you be consoled in faith that his soul has been lifted by angels and is speeding its way toward the holy presence of God, where he will remember you and bless your lives.
Yakov Phillips
January 4, 2013
My sincerest condolences to Tomasz's family and friends. Tomasz, thank you for your dedication and service to our community. You touched the lives of so many. God Speed.
Dawn Malcolm
January 4, 2013
January 4, 2013
Just want to say that I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Everytime I see his smiling face, I know in my heart he was a special young man. May the love of Jesus Christ surround you daily.
nancy mcfarland
January 3, 2013
My sincere condolences for the loss of your son. The amount of concern, affection, love and respect for him and your family shown by the many on line posts from all over the world- and during his funeral Mass, I hope can be a comfort to you all. Tomasz' spirit and remarkable life will continue to light the way for so many people in this world.

"Where there is darkness, he will give light."
January 3, 2013
Kaczowka thank you for your dedication in the fire service. You will never be forgotten in the brother hood that you belong to my god bless you and your will be missed in the bothers of all the departments around the country thank you
William and Lori Gergely
January 2, 2013
Tammy Perrine
January 2, 2013
My heartfelt sympathy to Tomasz's family and brother/sister firefighters. I have a 19 year old grandson who is a volunteer firefighter in Clarendon. N.Y.and my heart just aches for the Kaczowka's family for I could not bear what has happened to Tomasz could happen to my grandson. May God bless you and your family Tomasz, Rest in peace dear good and faithful servant.
Patricia Rask
January 2, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. He was so brave to answer the call to help.
My husband Joseph DeMars worked with your son at 911 and said of him "He was a sweet kid" and a "hard worker", and he will be sorely missed. God bless you and your family through these trying times.
Anne Tonery-DeMars
January 2, 2013
Thank you to the family for allowing us to watch the most beautiful funeral service for a very special young man. Thank you for your service, Tomasz.
January 2, 2013
my prayers are with your family at this very sad time. I did not know Tomasz, but I do feel your pain. You should be so proud of him...a true hero.
January 1, 2013
Your spirit and infectious personality will continue to infect the rest of us that have been left behind. For such a young person, you have left big boots to fill. Now, you enjoy the embrace in the arms of the Lord.
Douglas Kulp
January 1, 2013
So sorry for such a great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish the memories and may God give you strength and be with you during this difficult journey.
He was a true HERO. God be with you!

Hrycyna Family
Janina Hrycyna
January 1, 2013
To the Kaczowka - I am sure you always knew what a wonderful son you have. And through his passing, I hope you can see that he touched so many lives in ways you will never know. I am forever changed by his passing as are so many. I pray that your family will always be surrounded by the love and caring that he created for others.
January 1, 2013
Though I did not know Tomasz I admire what he stood for and all he had achieved in his short time with us.I too am a Vol. with Morton,NY.My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.Brother Fire Fighter past Capt. Shane A. Porter & Family
January 1, 2013
January 1, 2013
Andrzej Wódkiewicz
January 1, 2013
Wczesnie osiagnawszy doskonalosc, przezyl czasów wiele.
Dusza jego podobala sie Bogu,
dlatego pospiesznie wyszedl sposród nieprawosci.
A ludzie patrzyli i nie pojmowali
Ks. Mdr 4.13 nn
Nikt nie jest w stanie pojac tragedi jakiej doswiadczacie, przyjmijcie wyrazy pamieci i serdeczna modlitwa
Jacek Wojcieszko svd
December 31, 2012
We pray for your family during this tragedy. He and our son have both followed the same passion in life to become a firefighter and serve others. From being a jr. firefighter, to going to MCC to follow their dreams, to being a 911 operator in our county, a volunteer fireman in our town. We understand his determination to help others. You should be very, very proud. These young men should never be targeted in the line of duty. God Bless You All. He's a special angel. Our sympathy to you all. Losing Tomasz is a tremendous loss to all.
Vicky & Harmon Spencer
December 31, 2012
We are praying for your family as God welcomes His newest angel. My 10 year old daughter sobbed almost uncontrollably as we saluted your son. Then she turned to me and whispered, "Maybe the children from SandyHook will feel safer with him there. " I think they will. God bless you. And God bless Tomasz, a true hero.
kathleen lebowski
December 31, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your son is in our hearts and his service is appreciated deeply. May God be with all of you to comfort and keep you. May your memories keep you close.
The Pattersons
December 31, 2012
Wiadomosc o smierci Tomasza wstrzasnela nami doglebnie.
Trudno jest pogodzic sie z tak wielka strata.
Prosze przyjmijcie wyrazy najszczerszego wspólczucia i zalu.
M. K. T. R. Sokolowscy
December 31, 2012
Wiadomosc o smierci Tomasza wstrzasnela nami doglebnie.
Trudno jest pogodzic sie z tak wielka strata.
Prosze przyjmijcie wyrazy najszczerszego wspólczucia i zalu.
M.K.T.R. Sokolowscy
December 31, 2012
An angel in the book of life wrote down your baby's birth,
Then whispered as she closed the book,"He's too beautiful for this Earth"
Candy Man
December 31, 2012
An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth,
Then whispered as she closed the book,"He's too beautiful for this Earth"
Beryl Bonis
December 31, 2012
Zyles, byles z nami a teraz zawsze bedziesz w naszej pamieci.Tomaszek, zawsze zostaniesz w naszych sercach i modlitwie.Spoczywaj w Pokoju Wiecznym.
Wyrazy glebokiego wspolczucia dla Rodzicow,Braci i Calej Rodziny
Rodzina Guzierowiczow Rochester NY
December 31, 2012
To Tomasz Kaczowka's family, I send my deepest and heartfelt condolences. He will leave behind a beautiful and powerful legacy as a man who was a hero to the very end; servicing his community and doing what he loved to do. God bless you Tomasz, you are loved always.
Tyrone Watson
December 31, 2012
Fly with the angels, my dear sweet boy. God bless you, your family and all who dedicate their lives in the service of others.
Mary Miller
December 31, 2012
We did not know Tomasz but felt compelled to extend our deepest sympathy to his family in their loss of such a fine young man. His dedication and compassion for the people he served will forever remain in our hearts as well as our prayers for his family at this very difficult time. He will be missed by so many whose lives he touched. Heaven has a new ANGEL looking down on us. Rest in peace Tomasz!
Jack and Theresa Ange
December 31, 2012
Do rodzicow Tomsaza - nie wiedzielismy, ale Tomasza Pan Marian zrobiles doskonala prace na naszym domu i wiemy ze jestes uczciwy pracowity czlowiek wiec niw dziwi, ze syn Tomasz byl tak oddany i wspanialy jak byl. Bardzo przepraszam za strate syna.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Simmons
December 31, 2012
Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to you all. We did not know your son, but from the words spoken at his service today, he was a wonderful young man who will be missed more then words can say. You should be proud of the impression your young son has left on this world.
Lora and Eric Rothfuss
December 31, 2012
Tomasz is Always & Forever in God's care..........
He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand
The world has lost an incredible young man and heaven has gained an angel.
Margaret DeBellis
December 31, 2012
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Kaczowka,and Tomasz extended family and friends. I did not know your son but what a fine young man you raised. He was a blessing to you and to the entire community. As I watched his funeral, my heart was breaking for you. You have your very own special angel watching over you. I am so sorry for your loss.

Maureen Flannigan
December 31, 2012
I'am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with your family
Tonya matthews
December 31, 2012
An inspirational young man that has made West Webster proud and served his community with every part of his mind and soul. Although taken from his family and friends too soon, God has embraced him into heaven....If you can help the memory of Tomasz, give yourself to help others and make this world a better place. God be with you Tomasz and everyone you have touched....
December 31, 2012
Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to Tomasz family. What a great Hero at 19 yrs old. Your family should be very proud, as we are of your son. God Bless Tomasz and your beautiful Family.... We Thank U from the bottom of our hearts...
Laura and Bob Baker
December 31, 2012
Your spirit will remain in the hearts of all. RIP Tomasz
Joann & Bill Marianetti
December 31, 2012
Janina and Marian and family-----We are watching the live broadcast of the mass and wanted to extended our deepest condolences to you--we are so , so sorry and you are all in our prayers.
Theresa & Joe Zbick
December 31, 2012
We hope and pray that the pain will ease someday for the loss of a son, brother, friend and fellow firefighter. He is a true hero and is with God now. He and Chip will be the angels looking over everyone from heaven.
Bill & Sharon Beeke
December 31, 2012
Spoczywaj w spokoju
piotr prochera
December 31, 2012
I am so sorry for the loss of such a dedicated young man. I didn't know your son, however I feel compelled to write my sympathy for the family. As a mother, I can only imagine how difficult it is to lose a child. He has inspired and left a beautiful mark in the world. I will continue to pray for strength for the family.
Judy Browne
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