Obituary: Tewksbury Native John Maliszewski Killed In Helicopter Crash
Sep 27, 2014 05:38PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Born in Lowell, he was the son of the late Thaddeus and Irene (Stets) Maliszewski. He was raised and educated in Tewksbury and was a graduate of Tewksbury High School. He earned his Graduate degree in Education from Fitchburg State University.
An entrepreneur, John began his professional career manufacturing fitness equipment under the name of Adonis. In 1991, he created and designed a vandal resistant mailbox called Pony Express which was sold through consumer catalogs. For the past 20 years, John was self employed in construction and in historical cast iron restoration. John was awarded many state contracts from MassPort in Boston. In 2008, he received Contractor of the Year Award for outstanding work after completing the Emergency Generator Stack Extension project. His cast iron projects, to name a few, included: the Cooke Cemetery, Brookline, MA, the Pingree House owned by the Peabody Essex Museum, and The Daniel Webster gravesite, Marshfield, MA.
He enjoyed flying airplanes and helicopters. John travelled extensively and visited many parts of the world, including Europe, Egypt, Kenya, Australia and the Fiji islands. He loved driving cross country, stopping to see every National Park. He had an avid interest in collecting and driving classic cars. John lived life to its fullest and was an inspiration to everyone whose lives he touched. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.
John is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra (Schall) Maliszewski of Ipswich, his brother Michael Maliszewski and Carmen Valla of Windham, N.H., his aunt Dorothy Kobylarz and her husband Frederick of Farmington, Connecticut, his in-laws, June and William Schall of Litchfield, N.H. and many cousins extended family and friends.
His funeral service will be held in the All Saints Episcopal Church, Cherry St., Danvers, Monday at 11 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Danvers. Visiting hours at the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers Sunday from 2 to 4 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, 4742 N. 24th Street, Suite 400 Phoenix, AZ 85016-4862. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lowellsun/obituary.aspx?pid=172598806#sthash.OOtSDSg7.dpuf