John Peter Sawicki
Hambly Funeral Home
30 Red Cross Avenue
Newport, RI
John Peter Sawicki
A man about town, bon vivant, artist and interior designer, gourmet cook and friend to many Newporters, John Peter Sawicki passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 after a long battle with leukemia. Born in Bronx, NY and raised in Whitestone, NY, he was a graduate of Parson School of Design where he majored in Fashion Design. John's life was fully lived and influenced by living in New York, Paris and his chosen, Newport. Always gracious and kind, a gentle soul, he was always ready for fun and adventure. John possessed a cheerful wit and elegant flair which graced many jazz performances at Greenvale Vineyards and Newport Charity fund-raising events. He is known for wearing only white shirts, his beautiful white hair, and his elaborate Halloween costumes, which included Captain Morgan and the Devil himself.
In his last employment as Concierge of the private club at the Newport Marriott Hotel, he won Employee of the Year for his charm savior faire and dedication. Over the years John has been an integral part of the Island Moving Company, lending his time and artistic talents, creating scenery and costumes to enhance its beauty and presentation. For many years he served as flower arranger and designer for Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist in Newport creating beautiful altar designs and elegant vignettes, and served as an acolyte and subdeacon for the church as well.
He leaves many friends he considered dear in Newport and New York and is survived by his sisters, Stephanie Sawicki of Newport and Eileen Arena and her husband, Floyd of Cumming, GA.
Visiting Hours will be held on Friday, June 4 from 4:00-7:00pm at Hambly Funeral Home, 30 Red Cross Ave, Newport. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday, June 5 at 11:00am in the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Poplar and Washington St, Newport. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Church or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Leukemia Society Online tribute at
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Published by Newport Daily News from Jun. 2 to Jun. 4, 2021.
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Hambly Funeral Home
30 Red Cross Avenue, Newport, RI
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Church of St. John the Evangelist
Poplar and Washington St, Newport, RI
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John had been on my mind for sometime, especially the last couple of weeks. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. John was such a wonderful friend and I can echo every word of his tribute. Miss you John and will always think of you as a one in a million...
Terrye Bauer
July 9, 2021
John was unique! His wit was sharp, andhis kindness genuine. I'll miss not seeing him in Newport. Condolences to both his family and other friends. Remembering him will always make me smile.
JT Medeiros
June 7, 2021
You are an original, bright shining star dearest John. Never again will there ever be someone like you. Everyone lucky enough to know you, loved you. I loved you.
Ruth Kiker
June 4, 2021
John was loved by so many and kind to all. It was my honor to care for him. His spirit will never be forgotten.
Jennifer Gaudette
June 4, 2021
He had such a kind heart and soul. One of the nicest people I have ever met. I remember when I took care of him, he would listen to music in the morning and watch the sunrise, it was so peaceful. He will be deeply missed, my condolences to his family.
Ashley Gallante
June 3, 2021
He was a gentle soul who was giving of his heart! He was a pleasure to take care of! Will be deeply missed
Linda Hill
June 3, 2021
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