Alex Gadomski of Southampton died on January 17 after a long illness. He was 89.
Born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1919, he was taken back to his parents’ native Poland when he was a child, remaining there until he was 17. After returning to his homeland he soon met the woman who would become his wife, Genevieve, and the two were married in Brooklyn on February 15, 1942.
Although did not know how to speak English, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and taught himself how to read and write in English while serving his country.
In 1945 he moved to Southampton and worked at various jobs until becoming a union plumber for Robert Cameron and MJ Flood on large construction jobs throughout Long Island. He retired as a journeyman.
A member of the Plumbers Local Union 200 for more than 50 years, he was also a member of the St. Anthony Society and the American Polish Political Association. In addition, he was a member of Our Lady of Poland Church.
Mr. Gadomski was an avid fisherman and boatman. He especially loved the Village of Southampton, survivors said this week, and his most joyous days were spent on the beach and in his boats fishing with his brother, son-in-law, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They added that he was a devoted husband and family man.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Genevieve Gadomski of Southampton, two daughters and their husbands, Eleanor and Stanley Knight of Mattituck and Patricia and Joseph Romanosky Jr. of Southampton; four grandchildren and their spouses, Stanley Knight and Gretchen of Pennsylvania, Michael Knight and Sharon of Connecticut, Kristi and Brad Hilbert of Pennsylvania, and Kara and Brian Williams of Florida; and eight great-grandchildren, Andrew Knight, Julia Knight, Ryan Knight, Cameron Knight, Alex Hilbert, Nicholas Hilbert, Christian Williams and Kayla Williams.
The family received visitors at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton on January 19. A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of Poland Church in Southampton on January 20; interment followed at Sacred Hearts Cemetery, also in Southampton
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Gadomski’s memory to the East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 would be greatly appreciated by the family.