WEBSTER – Bernard J. Knych, 87, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at his home with family at his side. His first wife of 17 years, Catherine (Vear) Knych, died in 1974. His second wife of 35 years, Illona B. (Bacon) Knych, died in 2014.
He leaves 2 daughters, Linda J. Cyr-Bibeau and her fiancé Paul Kubik of Webster, and Barbara K. Jeneral and her husband Jeffrey of Dudley; 3 grandchildren, Christopher Cyr of Pomfret, CT, Kelly Menghi of East Putnam, CT and Erica Spears of Webster; 4 great-granddaughters, Natalia, Savannah, Amelia and Star; a sister, Joan Comeau of Webster; an aunt, Gladys Przystas of Webster; several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Knych. He was looking forward to the birth of his 5th great-granddaughter in November.
He was born in Webster, the son of Albert J. and Agnes (Czechowski) Knych and lived here all his life. He graduated from Bartlett Trade School .
He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Polish American Veterans.
Mr. Knych was a battery specialist at Norton Company in Worcester for many years, retiring in 1992.
He was a communicant of Saint Joseph Basilica. He belonged to the Booster Athletic Club. He had also been a member and past president of the Kosciuszko Club. He enjoyed golfing at the Roseland Golf Course in Woodstock, CT. He was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
The funeral will be held Friday, June 16, from the Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School St., with a Mass at 10:00 AM in Saint Joseph Basilica, 53 Whitcomb Street. Burial will be in St. Joseph Garden of Peace. The Webster-Dudley Veterans Council will render the military honors at the cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, June 15, in the funeral home. Donations in his name may be made to St. Joseph Basilica, 53 Whitcomb St., Webster, MA 01570.