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John J. Siwarski

Born: Thu., Jul. 6, 1944
Died: Sun., Oct. 18, 2020

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4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 20, 2020
Location: LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc.

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God called John J. Siwarski home on Sunday, October 18, 2020. He was born in Sarasota, FL on July 6, 1944, son of John and Eileen (Herbster) Siwarski.  He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family; his wife, Pauline, of 54 years, his brother, David (Joyce) Siwarski, and his wonderful daughters Jennifer (John) Chomin, Eileen (Randy) Bates, and Christina (Dustin) Hite.  His greatest pride was in his eight grandchildren, Emma Chomin-Virden (Daniel), Alex and Abigail Chomin, Julia and Karsten Bates, and Chloe, Katie and Ellie Hite.

During his 30-year career as an Honors Biology teacher at Camden High School, he coached JV Football and JV Baseball.  He always thought of “his boys” as part of his family.  As advisor of National Honor Society, he was able to communicate with and advise so many young people who were about to enter adulthood. A few years after retirement, John realized how much he missed teaching, so he accepted a position as a Biology teacher at Notre Dame High School in Utica. There, he taught for another five years and continued coaching JV Baseball.  He touched so many lives with his wisdom and wit.  His legacy will live on with his devoted family, and he will be missed.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 4-7pm at LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., 109 Main Street, Camden, NY. Masks and social distancing requirements shall apply. Funeral services and interment will be private.

Contributions in his name can be made to the Camden Fire Department, Camden Ambulance and the Abraham House of Rome-Hospice Care, all of whom gave him the greatest care.

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Jacky & Jim Hummel
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
It is with great sadness that we learned of John's passing. Such a void this leaves. I have so many good memories of my time working at Camden High School and the wonderful staff there. John was a great mentor and I treasure the memories.

To his adoring family we send our deepest and heartfelt sympathies. May the memories you carry in your heart sustain you in the days ahead. He truly was a great man and we know you will all miss him dearly. Rest in peace, dear friend!

Bill & Patty Pawloski
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Dear Pauline,
We offer our deepest condolences to you and your family.
You and John are our good friends and we so enjoyed spending time with you in the off season.
John was the coolest guy I have ever met. I can't tell you how many times I have overheard students talking about Mr. Siwarski the teacher and coach in a positive way. I have never had a coach who taught the fundamentals of football with such expertise. ( IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING; JOHN COULD TEACH ANYTHING, AND TEACH IT EXPERTLY! ) Coach Siwarski was a gigantic part of the past football success that Camden enjoyed!
John/Coach Siwarski was a real gentleman and professional who will always be missed!
Our Love To You and Your Loved Ones,
Bill (Coach P) & Patty Pawloski
PS May I write in a heartfelt manner that WE so want to be with you and your family. Unfortunately, we our out of state with a family situation that truly needs our dire attention.

Christy Hutchinson
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
To one of the greatest teachers ever in my life, you put the passion for learning in me over 25 years ago and I've never lost that love. You were inspirational to all of us and you believed in us when we had no faith. My favorite memories of your class include a McDonald's cheeseburger test and being "unassigned" to the pig lab. The quote was, "you have the brains to be a surgeon, but stomach to work at the mill! So why don't you write up the lab while Meyers dissects!" We aimed for the starts to make you proud as you set that bar so high! I couldn't wait to come to your class each and every day to hear the stories that stretched our minds and made us question the right answer.
You made a lasting impact on my life. I know these memories don't touch the impact you've had on your players, your children, and your grandchildren. Your dreams and inspiration will live out daily in each of the people you planted your seeds of aspirations into.
I hope the ball fields in heaven are well-groomed and they have your seat awaiting right behind 1st base!

To Pauline, Jen, Eileen, Chrissy, DJ, and the girls-
We send you our love in thoughts, prayers, and long-distance COVID hugs as we are not able to come in person. With death comes the pain of our Earthly hearts and human selfishness, but joyful freedom from the agony of John's recent medical journey. We all possess precious gifts we discover as life unfolds. Some realize their gifts far too late.
But, please know that Ski's talents were placed in the most perfect ways as a teacher in the lives of high school adolescents. It takes a strange sense of humor to manage, inspire, and challenge students at the most critical time in their lives. Your husband, dad, and grandpa was one like no other!! Please know that we love you all and the emotions you feel now are temporary. His freedom and joy are now permanent.
Christy, Ray and the kids

Darrell Van Pelt
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Sad to hear of Coach Siwarski’s passing. He was one of my coaches all 4 years in high school. He sat us down once after a football practice and said, ”the Lord blessed me with 3 daughters. You are all my boys!” I always remembered that. Pelter.

john Sharrino
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Pauline, Jan and I just would like to express our sincere sympathy to you and your family. John was a great teacher, coach, and friend to all. I was very fortunate to be able to coach with him as he was an outstanding person. Our prayers are with you and the family.

Richard Boyanski
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Thinking of the Siwarski family at this time of their loss. Remember John and the wonderful family he had. He was a great science teacher and individual. Thoughts and prayers.

Carol mcgowan
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
So sorry to hear of johns passing. My prayers are with the family.

Mary (Smith-Class of’74) Phillips
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Dear Mrs. Siwarski and family,
I remember Mr. Siwarski very well as my biology teacher in high school. His was one of my favorite classes, and especially important to me as I was planning to go into medicine. Later you honored me by asking me to babysit your only child (at the time). My heartfelt sympathies are with you all. Mr. Siwarski was a gifted teacher, and a caring and kind man. I was blessed to have met him.

Joe Barrett
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
My most sincere condolences to the Siwarski family. What a great man, teacher and coach. I will never forget playing football for Coach 'Ski. Rest easy Sir.

Audrey Spencer Plumley
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Mr. Saworski was such a wonderful teacher; he helped me through learning disabilities that we didn't even have names for back then! He extended his time beyond the classroom to help me be successful despite not "getting it" the first time. I went on to become a teacher, too and it was his influence that prompted me to be patient with those who learn differently. He was always happy and made a difference in my life. Thanks, "Ski" for all that you did for all the students you taught.

Matt Smith
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Pauline, Jennifer, Eileen, and Christina -

I was blessed to have had a friend, teacher, mentor, and coach like Ski. As a teacher he made Biology a great learning experience, as a NHS mentor he taught us what it means to balance our lives, as a coach he demonstrated the pillars of his life: faith, family, and to give it our best in all that we do.
When I was home a couple of years ago I stopped by for a quick 15 minute conversation with him. When I left his house, almost 3 hours later, I had the most beautiful time catching up with him - what a wonderful man! We literally laughed until we cried!
Our blessings to all of you at this difficult time. Please know that your husband/dad was deeply respected, admired, and loved.


Raymond Poynter
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
My heart is broken. All the best to the family.

I think often of my one year on JV Football with him as my coach. As well as the two years with him on the Fresh Baseball team. Great memories.

I was also lucky enough to have him as a teacher. He is, and was an absolute beautiful human being, teacher, mentor, and coach.

I was and will always be proud to be considered one of his "boys".

Coach Ski will be with me always, giving me the nickname, that I am still called today by some, Raybo. One of the many "boys" who had "bo" added to their names when Coach Ski liked you.

Rest in Peace Coach.

Kevin Buckland
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Siwarski family. Mr. Siwarski was my biology teacher at Camden High almost 30 years ago and provided me a love of biology that was a foundation to my career today as a PE teacher. He was a great teacher and the love for his profession and of students was undeniable.
RIP ‘ski. You were one of the good ones.

Terri Spellicy
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Mr. Siwarski was certainly one of my FAVORITE teachers! He was always kind and easy-going. He helped me love science and going to his class. I am certain that his wonderful personality was a great influence not only on his students but all the school staff! Mr. Siwarki was one of the great ones and will be missed. My sincere condolences for your loss.

Norb Mayrhofer
   Posted Wed October 21, 2020
John Siwarski was both an excellent teacher and a wonderful role model. He was smart, determined, giving of himself and focused on their success. He was one of my favorites. Rest In Peace, Mr. Siwarski. You made a tremendous impact on a lot of grateful people.

Trixie Deeley-Mitchell
   Posted Wed October 21, 2020
To the Ski girls and their families,
I send you warm thoughts, BIG air-hugs, peace, comfort and prayers to heal your broken hearts. Your husband, dad and grandpa was a good man and touched so many lives. Cherish your memories!

RIP Ski!


Tony Perkins
   Posted Thu October 22, 2020
I am proud to have been one of the “Boys” Coach Ski took under his wing. My only regret is that I did not have the opportunity to share with him the impact that he had on my life. As a teacher & coach he taught us to always give your best effort. “Don’t worry about the results. If you give 100%, positive results will follow.” He coached, mentored and groomed many, many of us to become better Men, Husbands, Fathers and productive citizens. I will never forget the four years I had the opportunity to be by molded by John Siwarski. Coach you will be forever missed!

Shirley King
   Posted Thu October 22, 2020
Dear Pauline and girls, Curtis just calledd me telling me about the loss of John.I am so sorry ,words cannot tell you how bad I feel. My heart goes out to you and your family.Goa Bless Shirley and family

Esther J. Duerr
   Posted Tue October 27, 2020
My dear Pauline, We both bid farewell to our John this year. Sad and lonesome without our mate but I have faith in the Resurrection hope at John 5:28,29: "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out---"
Your John was a smiling, confident father, husband and educator. I am so happy to have known him. Is.41:10 "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes I will help you. I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness." It is comforting to know our God in heaven feels this way. I think of you and hope you will take rest and peace knowing how many of us are with you, if not in person, in thought. May Jehovah God comfort you my friend, Esther

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