Kenneth L. Szablewski September 11, 1939 - August 2, 2008 GRISWOLD - Kenneth L. Szablewski, 68, husband of Victoria (Wawrzynowicz) Szablewski of 69 Burdick Lane, Griswold, died at his home Saturday morning. Born in Norwich on September 11, 1939, he was the son of the late Louis and Staffie (Misiaszek) Szablewski. A retired U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War, he served from 1957 through 1977 and was honorably discharged with the rank of MS-1. He also retired from General Dynamics Electric Boat as a Plumber-Pipe fitter. Ken served as Assistant District Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, and was also a past Scout Master in both Montville and Voluntown. He was also a Life member of the Sub Vets of Groton, the Mystic Rod & Gun Club, and the N.R.A., and was a member of the National Field Archery Assoc., and National Archery Assoc. On December 23, 1977 in Montville, he was united in marriage to Victoria (Wawrzynowicz) Szablewski who survives along with two daughters, Megan Szablewski of Ballouville and Shelly Consolini of Torrington, one son Stuart Balestracci of Pine Mountain, GA, five grandchildren, a brother Richard Szablewski of N.J., a sister Nancy Scrapchansky of Montville, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside Services with Military Honors will take place on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Pachaug Cemetery, Route 138, Griswold. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made in his memory to Friends of Webster B.S.A., c/o John Haskell, 100 Lake Rd., Jewett City, CT 06351. Arrangements by Labenski Funeral Home.
Ski found my Sea Robin page, not too long after I first put it on-line, back in 1997.
As it turns out, he must have transferred off Sea Robin days after I reported and we did not know each other, but shared many shipmates that I ended up serving with.
I ran into him at the 97 USSVI Convention in Hagarstown, where he was hosting the GW reunion. He put the bug in my ear about doing a similar thing for the Sea Robin. I was a little hesitant, but decided to put a 'local' gathering together in March of 1998 which turned out to better attended than I expected. Ski was there with his memorabilia, pictures, sea-stories, etc. It was a grand day.
From that humble beginning, the RENO REUNION of 1999 was formulated. I'll never forget when Buttons walked into the 'ROOM 1509' hospitality suite at the Peppermill. I had not seen him since about 68 or so. Ski was busy behind the bar, and for some time they did not recognize one another. Great moment.
I'm glad I got a chance to talk to him a couple of weeks ago. He knew he didn't have much longer. We had a lot of good times together. A lot of good sea stories came out of the trips to Jackman. You couldn't ask for a better shipmate than Ski. He was unique. He will be missed. I will never forget him.