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Walter John Fidrocki

Walter John Fidrocki, 97, died January 11, 2023 at home on Great Neck, Ipswich, following a brief illness, and a long and productive life. He was the husband of the late Lucille B. (Dewey) Fidrocki, who passed away in February of 2007.

Walter was born on December 17, 1925, in Boston, the son of William and Marie (Wojtasinski) Fidrocki, both born in Poland.  During his early years he lived in Boston (where his parents met), attending Boston English High School and Brown University. He trained as an airplane pilot, but before obtaining his license he was called to service as a Medic in the U.S. Army, serving with the rank of Corporal, during WWII from 1944 to 1946.  He was stationed in New Guinea, the Philippines, Leyte, Mindanao, Zamboanga, and spent 6 months in Japan.   While stationed in Japan he performed duties in Hiroshima, 2 months after the famed bombing. Walter was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, and the Victory Medal.  He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Walter met the love of his life, Lucille Dewey, in March of 1950 and was engaged by that October.  He was recalled into the Army, in November of 1950, during the Korean War.  He was sent to Fort Campbell, as they had a need for Medics, as a Corporal. He was given leave to get married in January of 1951, and he married Lucille in Reading, MA during one of the biggest snowstorms of the year.  He was again honorably discharged, in 1951.

He worked for Simplex Wire and Cable Company in Boston and Cambridge. While working, he attended night classes at Northeastern University, where he graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree in 1963. He worked for Simplex Wire and Cable for almost 18 years as a draftsman and mechanical engineer.  Walter then worked as a Cable Splicer and Tester / Engineer with A.H. Shepherd & Associates / Cable Splicing and Testing in Reading for 40 years.

Walter inherited his fatherís artistic talent which he put to use as a draftsman, and also his violin-playing fatherís love of classical music, especially Scheherazade and the Thieving Magpie, and learning to play Moonlight Sonata on piano. He exhibited his athletic skills as Boston-area YMCA freestyle champion, and sailing.  He enjoyed watching Boston sports, especially the Patriots games. Walter was proud of his childrenís accomplishments, and proud of the house he built in 2008 with geothermal heating and solar electricity.

Walter was a member of Ipswich VFW Post #1093 and a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Hope Church.

Walter is survived by three daughters, Mary Tennant and husband Paul, Laura Lindsay and husband Phil, Linda Fidrocki and spouse Deborah Corbin; two sons, Walter Jon Fidrocki of Texas, and Robert Fidrocki. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Sarah, Anne, Christopher, and Emilee; and many loving nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.  Walter was the brother of the late Henry, Alfred, and Eugenia.

His funeral will be held 9 am Thursday, January 19 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in the Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Rd., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be offered Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project     https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org

 

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