John P. Kraszewski
John P. Kraszewski of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Southampton, died on May 18. He was 83.
Mr. Kraszewski, known as “Big John,” was born on December 16, 1929, in Southampton and raised on the family farm. Upon completion of school, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in numerous locations on the East Coast. He was a member of the VX3 Squadron and worked on various experimental planes.
After honorable discharge from the Navy, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and was hired as a Southampton Village Police officer, earning many commendations. He retired after 18 years due to injuries sustained in the line of duty.
After retirement from the police department, Mr. Kraszewski remained an active member of the Southampton Fire Department and joined many other organizations, including the American Legion, the Polish League of American Veterans, the Combined Veterans Organization and Southampton Polish Hall. He enjoyed helping organize many Fourth of July parades. After retiring to Florida, Mr. Kraszewski remained active and enjoyed visits to Southampton over the years, survivors said.
Mr. Kraszewski was predeceased by Polly, his wife of 49 years and by a brother, Henry Kraszewski Sr. He is survived by four children, Theodore, Kathleen, Barbara and Paul, eight grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Betty), and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held in Southampton in the fall.
Memorial donations may be made to The Legacy House (Hospice of Marion County), 9505 SW 110th Street, Ocala, FL 34481.