January 3, 1921 - July 16, 2014
Julian P. Kaczynski, 93, of Hartwick (Cooperstown) and Webster, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday July 16, 2014, with his daughter by his side.
Julian was born on January 3, 1921, in Webster, Massachusetts, a son of Joseph F. and Amelia (Bugno) Kaczynski. When he was just 16, he met the love of his life when he (intentionally) tripped her on the roller rink. Peewee and Rosemarie Neeser were married on August 27, 1946.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
After his military service, he returned to his native Webster, Massachusetts, where he owned and operated Peewee's Barbershop for over 50 years. He cut Jack Kennedy's hair when JFK was running for a senate seat in 1958. He finally retired at the age of 85, and he and Rosemarie moved to Beaver Valley Campground in the Cooperstown area to be near their daughter, Julianne Sharratt, and her family. He and Rosemarie spent a few winters in Davenport, Florida, where he boasted he was "shoveling sunshine". On February 18, 2012, Rosemarie passed away.
After retirement, Peewee became "Beaver Valley's Master Lawn Barber", spending hours on the riding lawn mower. He was also the official "coin roller", keeping track of the campground's quarters, and most recently rolling pennies to be used for the kitchen floor in the new house his granddaughter, Caley, is building. He loved his grandchildren: rolling pennies with Caley, watching Nick's sports events, eating out with Jamie, cruising the Caribbean with Jason, and being open to the art that Nathan created.
Peewee enjoyed baseball and was a true Red Sox fan. When Cooperstown Youth Baseball held all their games at the Beaver Valley Little League field, Peewee enjoyed a front row seat to every game from his front porch. He spent his final hours this past Wednesday eating out -- a favorite pastime -- and watching his grandson, Nick, and the Cooperstown Pony League Baseball Team play and win their league championship game.
He loved making people laugh.
He is survived by his favorite daughter, Julianne (Kaczynski) Sharratt and her husband, Dwaine, of Hartwick (Cooperstown); grandchildren, Nathan Sharratt and Mona Collentine of Marietta, Georgia, Jason Kaczynski and Rachel Chemerynski of Boston, Massachusetts, Michelle Tonken of Webster, Massachusetts, and Caley, Jamie, and Nicholas Sharratt of Hartwick; sister-in-law Theresa Arter of Davenport, Florida; daughter-in-law Patricia and Steven Tonken of Webster, Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his mother and father; his brother and best friend, Louis Kaczynski; sisters Mary Ann Murphy and Cecelia Remillard; and his son, Julian "Buddy" Kaczynski of Webster, Massachusetts.
Friends may call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, July 23, 2014, when Peewee's family will be in attendance.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, officiating.
Burial with Military Honors will be held at a later date in Saint Joseph Garden of Peace Cemetery in Webster, Massachusetts, where Peewee will be laid to rest with his wife, Rosemarie.
Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations may be made to the Hartwick Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 208, Hartwick, NY 13348.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.