World War II Veteran and Proud Member of The Greatest Generation
Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Friday, June 4 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere for William W. Tomczyk who died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 29 at the Katzman Family Center for Living in Chelsea. He was 97 years old. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home followed by Interment with Military Honors at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 1 p.m.
Bill was born and raised in Boston’s “Old West End” and educated in Boston Public Schools. He enlisted in the United States Navy on December 14,1942 so he could serve his country during World War II. He served aboard the USS Colorado BB45, which he was most proud of. During his service, he earned the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, Asiatic – Pacific Campaign Ribbon with six stars and the Philippine Liberation with One Star. Bill was aboard the USS Colorado in Tokyo Harbor during the signing of the surrender of the War and was honorably discharged after three years of service as a Seaman First Class.
He returned home after the war to his beloved West End. In the late 1980’s, Bill moved to Revere where he remained close to his family. He did not have any children of his own, however, he adored all of his nieces and nephews and treated them as if they were his own. Bill was a regular at Wonderland Dog Track in Revere where he would go to socialize, bet on the races and simply make new friends. He could be
seen sporting his USS Colorado attire. Bill was a member of the “Greatest Generation,” he lived it and he demonstrated it every day of his life.
The beloved son of the late Stanley and Victoria Tomczyk, he was the cherished brother of Virginia V. Joltki and her husband, Paul of Malden and the late Stella Moroz, Laura Caccia, Walter Tomczyk, Joseph Tomczyk and Alexander Tomczyk; loving uncle of Michael Joltki, Michelle Scorzella and the late Susan Joltki, Richard Tomczyk, Patti Barberio, Linda Tomczyk, Michelle Gustafson, Kris Nazzaro, Stanley Tomczyk and the late Joseph Tomczyk, Stephen Caccia, Lois Collins, John Caccia, Anita Harmon and Larry Caccia. He is also lovingly survived by many loving grandnieces and grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St. Boston, MA, 02108.
To send online condolences or for more information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com . Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.
Leon Duval Jr.
Operated Duval Industries in Winthrop
Leon A. Duval Jr. of Strafford, NH died May 23 after a brief illness.
Born June 29, 1926 in East Boston to Blanche and Leon Duval Sr., he graduated from Winthrop High School and served in the US Army during WWII. As an entrepreneur
he ran Duval Industries in Winthrop and later built and ran a small mobile home park in Raymond, NH. He loved wooden boats and spending time with family.
He is survived by his wife, Rilma, his four children: Diane Minahan, Nancy Duval, Leon Duval III and Melanie Buell, six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held for immediate family.