Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00
Stanley Michalowski, age 85, was born in a garage on Devine Avenue in Syosset on May 3, 1924 and would go on to live his entire life here in the hamlet. His father, a Polish immigrant, would later build Stanley’s childhood home on that same plot of land. In the course of Stanley’s life, he would see many major changes in his community and participate in important world events, all as a Syosset resident.
Stanley served in the U.S. Army during World War II, including assignments in Central Europe and the Rhineland and received several decorations. Stanley was proud of his service to his country and was a member of the Syosset American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.
After the war, Stanley returned to Syosset and married his beloved Evelyn in 1946 - a marriage that would span six decades until Evelyn’s passing in 2006. He worked in the aeronautics industry here on Long Island, first at Republic and then for almost 40 years at Grumman - all at the height of the Island’s age of flight, which included Grumman’s participation in the birth and growth of the nation’s space program. Stanley was also a devout Yankees fan and would watch his favorite team win many World Series championships over the years, as well.
Stanley and Evelyn were blessed with three daughters - Evelyn, Sandra and Sharon and their son, the late Frank Michalowski. His daughters say that family was always very important to Stanley. His daughter Evelyn recalls that every year, Stanley would pack up the entire family and go on vacation. Whether it be a trip to the Catskill Game Farm or to visit with relatives, the family vacation was an annual ritual. Stanley would proudly go on to have seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sophie Czajkowski.
Although he was generally a very private man, his daughters tell of him sharing various stories of his life with his grandchildren over the years - some the girls themselves had never heard before.
In 1949, Stanley joined the Syosset Fire Department, and like everything else in his life, he made it a family affair, with Evelyn eventually joining the Ladies Auxiliary, as well. His daughters have fond memories of their Dad going out to fight fires and their Mom and Dad both participating in a wide range of social and family functions through the fire department. “The fire department was just an extension of our family life, and we loved it,” said his daughter Evelyn.
At the firehouse, Stanley was active in several important roles, including serving as a Trustee of his fire company, a member of the fund drive committee and a member of the board of the department’s Benevolent Association. Later in his career, he traded in his turnout gear for a Fire Policeman’s tools to help protect his fellow firefighters operating at the scenes of fires and emergencies.
For all his decades of service to the community and his fellow firefighters, the Department bestowed the rank of Honorary Chief on Stanley. Last year, his Company also honored him with a party for his 60th anniversary in the fire department.
The Officers and members of Emergency Co. No 4 and the entire Syosset Fire Department are saddened at the loss of one of the department’s most senior members.