April 17, 2017

Mr. Richard Allen Egnaczyk, 76, of Reid Street, Amsterdam, N.Y. passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y.

He was born Oct. 11, 1940 in Utica, N.Y., a son of the late Joseph and Helen Story Egnaczyk. As a young boy, he moved to Boonville, N.Y. and completed his education graduating from Boonville High School, Class of 1949.

He first worked for Boonville Oil before moving to this area to work for 25 years at Gas Turbine at the General Electric Company in Schenectady, N.Y.,  retiring due to illness in 1985.

Rich was past assistant fire chief for the Town of Charlton and also served on the Board of Fire Commissioners and was code enforcement for the Town of Charlton.

Mr. Egnaczyk served with the Army National Guard from 1963 through 1969 and was honorably discharged. He was a member and past vice commander of American Legion Post 701 in Amsterdam, member of the Polish-American Veterans, the PAV Color Guard and past captain of the PAV Color Guard, member of the 40 & 8 and the Eagles Club of Vermont.

Rich enjoyed playing softball in his younger years for Tuman’s and helped them win a championship as their pitcher. He bowled in many bowling leagues in Amsterdam, including the Polish League and was proficient at scoring. Rich was a very good cook and made and provided food for the Masonic food kitchen. He lived to help  less fortunate people, especially children and veterans. He loved his family and spending time with them. His favorite phrase was “I rest my case”.

On July 2, 1983, he was united in marriage to Eva Elwood who survives. He is also survived by his children Michelle Davies (Warren Bundy), Cindy Mc Rae, Scott (Amy) Egnaczyk, Colleen (Michael) Kromrey and step-son Chris (Brenda) Haluska; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jacob, Natalie, Christopher, Caleb and Colbi; brothers, Ron (Joyce) Egnaczyk, Gary Egnaczyk, Joe (Colleen) Egnaczyk and David (Chris) Egnaczyk; sisters, Pat (Marty) Karabin and Betty Hughes; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, John Egnaczyk.

A prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, NY followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus church with Rev. O. Robert De Martinis, celebrant. Interment with military honors will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery, Tribes Hill, N.Y. at a later date. The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Please submit on-line condolences at www.jendrzejczakfuneral.com