Salem — Mr. Anthony “Tony” Iwanicki Jr., 85, lifelong resident of Salem, died April 1, 2013, at Salem hospital following a short illness.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Anthony and Katarina (Iwanicki) Iwanicki. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School.
An honorably discharged veteran, Tony served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WW II.
He was a painter by trade and was always available to help anyone in need. He was a lifelong dedicated member of the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. His faith and church family were paramount in his life. Tony was loved by all who met him and he touched many lives old and young.
Well known for his compassion to others, Tony took great pride in always taking care of his neighbors and members of the Ukrainian Church community.
He was an avid gardener and had a true passion for flowers. His dedication, smile and friendly nature were trademarks of Tony’s life and he will be deeply missed.
Tony is survived by his nieces Katherine Casey and her husband Robert of Lynn, and Mary Anne DiAnno and her partner Brent Ashmore of Beverly, his nephew John Iwanicki and his wife Sally of Amesbury, his grandniece Stephanie Casey. He was predeceased by his dear sister Mary DiAnno, his brother John Iwanicki and his niece Tracey. He is also survived by many more dear family members including Nancy and Raymond Wamsley of Rhode Island, and his Ukrainian church family.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from The O’Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Saturday, April 6 at 9:15 a.m., followed by his Funeral Mass in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, Bridge St. Salem, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours are Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a Panakhyda Service to be held at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Tony’s memory to the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 124 Bridge St., Salem, MA, 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.