Thomas P. "Tom Jay" Jaworski1942-2012 GREAT BARRINGTON Thomas P. "Tom Jay" Jaworski, 70, of Cottage Street Great Barrington, died Wednesday December 12, 2012 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield.
He was born in New York City on July 22, 1942, son of the late M. John and Victoria Fremer Jaworski. He was a member of the class of 1956 of Saints Cyril and Methodius Grammar School, Brooklyn, N.Y., a member of the class of 1959 of Eastern District High School, Brooklyn, he also attended American Institute of Banking, New York, N.Y., the United States Naval Communications Training Center, Pensacola, Fla., studying Advanced Communications, and High Speed Telegraphy, and Classified Cryptologic Code Operations, he attended the United States Naval Language Translation Center, training in Russian Cyrillic Code and Chinese Kana-Code, also the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska studying Advanced Naval Communications and Mathematics Training, and the United States Department of State Foreign Service Institute; Washington, DC, studying Diplomatic Cryptologic Communications Training. From 1959-1961 Tom worked for the International Bank of America in New York City as a High Speed Teletype Operator.
He proudly served his country with the United States Navy from 1961-1966. His duty stations included the United States Naval Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill., the United States Naval Communications Training Center, Pensacola, Fla., the United States Naval Security Group Activity, Winter Harbor, Maine and the United States Naval Communications Station Adak Island, Alaska. From April 1966 to September 1966 he worked for the Berkshire Broadcasting Company WSBS Radio, Great Barrington, as a Staff Announcer, from September 1966 to April 1967 he worker for the United States Department of State Foreign Service Section as a Cryptologic Code Communications Operator at the United States Embassy, Tunis Tunisia American Interests Section, Embassy of Switzerland and Algiers, Algeria, then from April 1967 to 2008 Tom worked for Berkshire Broadcasting Company and Vox Communications WSBS Radio, Great Barrington, first as a Staff Announcer, then News Director and finally Chief Engineer, from 1980 until the present Tom was Chief Engineer for Berkshire School Inc, Sheffield, as WBSL-FM Radio.
Tom was a communicant of St. Peter's Church Great Barrington, where he also served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Tom was a member of many organizations, they are the Massachusetts Associated Press Association where he served as President from 1999 to present, a member of the Radio and Television News Directors Association, member of the American Radio Relay League, member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the Boy Scouts of America where he was a Scoutmaster for 30 in Great Barrington, a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, the Society of wireless Pioneers, the Veteran Wireless Operators Association, "the Old-Old Timers-Club", a member of the United States Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association, the American Legion Post #127, Great Barrington, a member of the Knights of Columbus Mount Everett Council, Great Barrington, the Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Association, the Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club and he was also a member of the Bishop Conaty Assembly Fourth Degree. Tom received a state department position as Communications Operator, under his state appointment Tom served as a civilian employee with the Foreign Service, and requested assignment in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Among the many honors and licenses Tom received and held were a First Class Commercial Radio Telephone Operators License, a Second Class Commercial Radio Telegraph Operators License, a Amateur Radio Operators License, Extra Class..call sign WA1MJE.. he was licensed as a Ham Radio Operator since 1960, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers as a Certified Broadcast Technologist, a Certified Communications Technician for the Personal Communications Industry Association, a holder of the Silver Beaver for service to Youth Boy Scouts of America in 1975, a holder of the Vigil Honor, Order of the Arrow Boy Scouts of America in 1972, he was a Certified examiner of Amateur Radio Operator Licenses by the American Radio Relay League, he was currently serving as Council Chancellor of the Knights of Columbus. Tom enjoyed traveling especially to his beloved Walt Disney Vacations.
Tom leaves his wife the former Marilyn Crosier whom he married on December 26, 1987 in St. Agnes Church, Dalton, two step children, Jodie McClay and her partner Dorothy DuPont of Pittsfield, and Douglas McClay and his wife Cherie of Pittsfield, three grandchildren, Laura, Howie and Emily, his twin brothers Brother Simon Jaworski, OSF (John) of Camp Alvernia, Center Port, N.Y., and Peter Jaworski of Ancram, N.Y., and three nephews, Charles, Matthew and Peter Jaworski.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Thomas P. Jaworski who died December 12, will be held on Saturday December 15 with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church with the Reverend William P. Murphy pastor officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday December 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Tom's memory may be made to Howie Dupont McClay's Class at St Agnes Academy in Dalton or to Emily McClay's Class at Stearns School in Pittsfield, both in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street Great Barrington, MA. 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.
[Published in The Berkshire Eagle on December 13, 2012]
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