Condolence & Memory Journal

I have two vivid memories of Mr. Stawarky! The first was the evening of Ann Marie & Jim's rehearsal dinner. Mr. & Mrs. Stawarky hosted this dinner at their home in Newington and Mr. Stawarky made the toast, welcoming Mary Kerrigan and her family to their family. He was so gracious and welcoming....it made such an impression on me! The second memory was at the wedding of Courtney (Ann-Marie's niece) & Mike. I was touched by the fact that Mr. Stawarky was snapping pictures not of the bride but of his daugher in law, Ann-Marie! My dear friend is so fortunate to be a part of this loving family and to have had this good and gracious man as her Father in law! God's blessings and comfort for all of you!

Posted by Catherine Benoit - Westerly, RI   December 06, 2017

We will miss Jim and his friendly hello's, he always made everything look more beautiful and wonderful at the beach.

Posted by Eleanor Melley - Westbrook, CT - Neighbor   December 06, 2017

I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Stawarky's passing. I have been friends with Jim since high school and want to pass along my deepest condolences and support for the family.

Posted by Jim Smith - Carrollton, TX - Family Friend   December 05, 2017

I was saddened to hear about Jim's passing but happy that I got to see him while I was there in September. You all meant so much to me growing up and still hold a special place in my heart. Be strong and know that you are not alone in grieving over his loss.

Posted by Rich Siniscalchi - Key West, FL   December 05, 2017

Jim,Jane,Joanne and Mrs. Stawarky I'M sorry for your loss so many memories when we were kids at the beach rest in peace Mr. Stawarky.

Posted by Randall Porter - Westbrook - Friend   December 05, 2017

Jim Jane Joanne

Posted by Randall Porter - Westbrook, CT - Friend   December 05, 2017

I was so sad to hear mr stawarky passed away. He was a great man who will be greatly missed. I will always remember his smile as he watered the grass and plants on west beach. Prayers to all his family during this difficult time. Xoxo

Posted by Stacy Zajack (Cerwin) - Libertyville, IL - Family Friend   December 04, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you- deepest condolences. Tina Martire

Posted by tina martire - trumbull, CT   December 04, 2017

My deepest condolences to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Michael Hannon - Milford, NH - Friend   December 04, 2017

Dear Jim and family -

My condolences to the family. I didn't know Mr. Stawarky but worked with Jim and he spoke so highly of his father, it was easy to tell he was a wonderful father and husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Maureen Gaffney

Posted by A friend   December 04, 2017

Dear Dottie, JoAnn, Jane and Jim,
We have so many happy memories of Jim and his dynamic personality. Although we only knew Jim for 4 years - he touched our lives deeply with his charm and witt. If it were not for Jim, we wouldn't have landed in Westbrook. He was the first person in the neighborhood we spoke to when looking for a house. He was so positive and kind, we took the plunge- bought, and have loved every minute of our time in Westbrook. We are so lucky to have developed a great friendship with Jim and Dottie. We love them both dearly. All our love is extended to those who were touched by him.

Posted by Jack & Janet Zamary - Newtown, CT - Friend   December 04, 2017

Dear Dottie and family,
My late husband, Tom, often shared many warm and humorous stories of his friendship with Jim and of their time as colleagues at King Philip.
Jim was a kind and talented man; I still have one of his paintings hanging in my living room, and I treasure it. I pray that you find comfort in loving memories of happier days.
With my sincere sympathy,
Melanie Yalanis

Posted by Melanie Yalanis - West Hartford, CT   December 03, 2017

Dear Jane , So sorry to hear about your Dad. I have such fond memories of the times we got to spend down at the beach! He always had a smile on his face and was kind to all of us ! My condolences to you and your entire family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love Diane (Summa) Savage

Posted by Diane Savage - Rocky Hill, CT - Family Friend   December 03, 2017

So sorry to hear of Mr. Stawarky's passing. He was my beloved art teacher at KP, and although that was a long time ago, I still remember him well and the encouragement he showed me. He did a lot of good in his life. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Mimi Greenberg - Simsbury, CT   December 03, 2017

Mr Stawarky was my art teacher at KP. I live down the shoreline in westbrook and walk by his beautiful house regularly. A few times I spoke to him while he was outside gardening outside. It brought back very fond memories. My condolences.

Posted by Jeffrey Katz MD - Westbrook, CT - Student   December 03, 2017

Dear Dottie, JoAnn, Jane and Jim,
I have So many memories of growing up on Westbeach with Jim on the corner. He did love being in Westbrook! It showed everyday.
We'll miss him.
Patty and Randy Hubbard

Posted by A friend   December 03, 2017

Mr. Stawarky was a favorite teacher of mine in the early 1960's at King Philip Jr.High. He had an amazing gift for bringing out the creative side of his students, including my two,siblings and exciting their love to create. His energy and love of life was infectious. My sincerest condolences to all of you.
Geraldine (Gerry) Weisinger Stien

Posted by Geraldine Stien - Lake Worth, FL   December 03, 2017

Dear Dot, JoAnn and all the family,
My heart goes out to you. Jim was a a stand-out dad. As college teens, many parents seemed like adults in Charlie Brown films - back ground noise saying whah whah whah- not Jim and Dot! They were parents that were in the picture. I loved seeing them whether stopping by in the way to Holy Cross, on campus or, better, at the beach house. I started a beach glass collection because of them.
My thoughts and prayers are with you so I'll go light a candle for him today. He brought much light, love and joy to life. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Posted by Ela Sulimirski Landegger - Clearwater, FL - Friend   December 03, 2017

Dear Dot, JoAnn and all the family,
My heart goes out to you. Jim was a a stand-out dad. As college teens, many parents seemed like adults in Charlie Brown films - back ground noise saying whah whah whah- not Jim and Dot! They were parents that were in the picture. I loved seeing them whether stopping by in the way to Holy Cross, on campus or, better, at the beach house. I started a beach glass collection because of them.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'll go light a candle for him today. He brought much light, love and joy to life. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Posted by Ela Sulimirski Landegger - Clearwater, FL - Friend   December 03, 2017

Dear Dottie and all of the Stawarky Family, Our hearts go out to all of you. Jim was a very special man and we will miss him dearly. We will always cherish the memory of his smiling face and of our times shared together.
All our love, Brian and Rose

Posted by Brian and Rose Wolfe - Westbrook, CT - Family Friend   December 02, 2017

Stan and I send our heartfelt condolences. Mr. S., always had a big smile and cheery words whenever we saw him. He loved life and we know his family was at the center of his life! May the good memories comfort you in the days ahead.We will keep him and you in our thoughts and prayers. xo

Posted by Laura Mylott - Family Friend   December 02, 2017

It's with a heavy heart that I write this on behalf of my Mother, Carmella, and Husband, Tom. Jim and the Stawarky Family have been such dear friends for so many years. Always there in times of happiness and sorrow. So many wonderful times spent together. Jim, you will be missed. West Beach has lost its Mayor! Godspeed on your journey.

Posted by Ele Mosca-Peczynski - Westbrook, CT - Family Friend   December 01, 2017