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Richard Czyzewski

January 18, 1953 ~ March 7, 2017 (age 64)

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Richard G. Czyzewski

01/18/1953 - 03/07/2017

Richard G. Czyzewski, age 64, passed away peacefully in his home on Fox Island on March 7, 2017. Richard was born on January 18, 1953 in Cordoba, Argentina to Ludwig and Genevieve (Jaguszczak) Czyzewski. He was married to Debra (Upton) Czyzewski on November 24th, 1972 in Fife, and together they had 3 children - Elena, Valerie and Genevieve.

Richard worked as Foreman of the Meter Dept. at Peninsula Light Company in Gig Harbor for the past 20 years, and as an electrician at Seattle City Light before that. His favorite past times included boating, fishing, working in the yard, fixing/upcycling things - especially motorized and electrical items, and above all spending time with his cherished family. He was most known for his kindness, generosity, love of family, sense of humor and eagerness to help others. Richard, you will be sorely missed by us all. Run pain-free and go fishing!!

Richard is predeceased by Parents Ludwig and Genevieve Czyzewski, and survived by Siblings Taduesz, Eleonora, Cristina and Alicia, Wife Debra, Daughters Elena, Valerie and Genevieve and Grandchildren Chloe, Ethan, Elias, Kaden, Jakson and BayLynn.

Services for Richard will be held at Fox Island United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 25th 2017 at 1:00 p.m.



Dear Father of Mine,

We Love and Admire you Forever and Always. And here’s why…..

Excerpts from a little book dedicated to the Spirit of the remarkable Man that we have the honor of calling our Dad.

by, Elena, Valerie and Genevieve


Parts of me were made by you

and planets keep their distance too... 

the moons got a grip on the sea,

but you’re going to live forever in me.

I guarantee.

It’s your destiny. - John Mayer


These words make me think of you…

“We aren’t lost, we just don’t know where we are.”

“You bet!”



“Hot Diggity Dog!”

“What’s wrong witchoo?”

How you pronounced words like: salmon (salamon), fruit (froot), digging for warms instead of worms for fishing.

“I made a mistake once, I thought that I was wrong, but I was right.”



“The creature was feeble”

Triple Short Americano and an Almond Croissant

“When you run in front of the bus, you will get tired. If you’re behind the bus, you will just get exhausted.”

“You never know, you may need this someday.”

My Dad could run faster than anybody and could fix anything!

Dad, you would always come to the rescue when we needed you. You would do the same for others as well. You were such a selfless man! You always gave to those in need of a helping hand. I imagine that is what you will continue to do as our protector from above. - Val

You always made sure we were safe in our home and tucked safely in our beds at night when we were kids. You worked extremely hard every day to provide for us, but I don’t remember you complaining about it; you seemed to enjoy your work- from working out in the yard to commuting over an hour to work every day! - Elena

I’m grateful that you were always there! You always put us first and had such great advice! I followed you around Everywhere! asking questions about how things worked. You were always patient and willing to show me everything that you were doing. I was so intrigued! - Genevieve

Dad, you took such good care of your family. You poured your heart into this piece of property on this little Puget Sound island that is such a paradise filled with memories

that have been cultivated because of your determination and your vision and your hard

work and your dedication to us. Everyone who had the privilege to experience what it is to be here on your property understands what was important to you and can feel that

energy and it resonates with each spirit that you’ve touched. Your legacy has inspired hearts and souls. You made this place a sanctuary! Thank you. We are so grateful.

You always shared a special bond with each of your Grandchildren. We are so blessed!

They will all be better people because of you. They are so lucky to have had you as their Grandpa. You always made sure to be there for all of us. Always! You live forever

in our hearts. Your dedication to your family has been so special to all of us. It’s just so rare and we are so grateful! We thank you for your commitment to your marriage, your children, your grandchildren, your work, your home, your pets and everything that has provided us a safe and secure place to live and love and expand from that.

What a ripple you have caused in the fabric of time and space! You are Amazing!

You always had a parade of dogs and I’m imagining the same where your spirit exists now! What a greeting you must of had!! I’m thinking you must have endless supplies of treats in your pocket along with your keys and your pocket knife. Pictures of us in your wallet.

You knew the important things to carry with you.

Your loved your Peninsula Light family!! Oh my gracious Lord, what an incredible group of people!  My Dad had so much pride when it came to his work with you all. He felt so

much loyalty and solidarity and was just so grateful to be a part of what was going on at Peninsula Light! What an honor it was to witness the coming together and the love and support during my Dad’s time of need. I know the biggest lesson for my Dad during his battle with cancer was learning how to surrender and you all helped assist in such a remarkable fashion and with such grace. Oh my Lord, we are so so grateful!

To my Father’s siblings…

You all have a special bond. I have seen this throughout all the years of my life and heard stories from the years before. You all were here in his time of need as he would have undoubtedly been for you.  The loyal and united Czyzewski siblings were here tenderly loving and caring for their baby Brother and spending those precious moments. 

It breaks my heart into a thousand pieces and fills it right back up and helps to heal it simultaneously. It was beautiful to witness the absolute love and adoration that you all shared with my Dad. We are so blessed and so grateful!

Dad, your legacy lives on in the hearts of so many. To all the cousins and their children….The memories will always remain imprinted forever here on Fox Island.

To all of those unmentioned here who knew and loved my Dad, how lucky that you all crossed those paths to sharing those moments with each other.

Dear Father of mine, You were so wise. So clever. So funny, helpful, gentle, compassionate, creative, giving, strong, capable, selfless, stubborn, talented and such a hard worker. You were so peaceful until the very end. You never complained. Even while you were so tired and so so sick. Mom cared for you with so much love and honor.

Thank you Mom. You are amazing and we love you!

We are so forever grateful!


So, this isn’t an end, it’s another beginning and there will be a time when we are all together again and it’ll be as if no time has passed at all. I imagine that the grass on the other side will be neatly mowed and you’ll be peacefully awaiting our arrival. I can picture it now. 

Until we see each other again, peace be with all of us in that knowing.

Blessed be Dear Father of Mine.

 Service Information

Memorial Service
March 25, 2017

1:00 PM
Fox Island United Church of Christ
726 6th Ave
Fox Island, WA 98333

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