John M. Szymanski

Died: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

A Mass of Thanksgiving

10:00 AM Sun., Dec. 22, 2019
Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 235 North Front St. New Bedford

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John M. Szymanski, 79, beloved husband and loyal friend died November 19, 2019.  John leaves his wife, Eileen McCook Szymanski, brothers, Stanley and Thomas (wife Nancy), their families and many wonderful cousins.  
     Son of Matthew and Sophie (Groblicka), John grew up in North Dartmouth, attained a degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnical Institute and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.  
     John worked at USM and IBM before becoming owner and president of Paradise
Travel Service (1969 -1999).  He also worked at Action 6 (a travel consortium) as Manager of Business Development.
     During his career, John served as president and a director with the Allston Board of Trade, vice president and president of the N.E. Chapter of American Society of Travel Agents, National Director of Asta, and member of the board of directors of the Society of Polish-American Travel Agents.  He has been an active member of Friends of Poland and a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.
     A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held for John on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 10 A.M. at OLPH Church, 235 N. Front St, New Bedford.  Family and friends are welcome to attend a service at any church to remember John and their own loved ones.  In lieu of any donation, friends are asked to remember him by a small act of kindness, such as reading to a child, visiting a widow (er), giving a ride to a friend.  
     Thank you each and everyone for being part of John’s life.
     Arrangements are with Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.  For condolences, visit

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Lisa Cabral
   Posted Sat November 23, 2019
My sincere sympathy to Eileen and members of John’s family. Eileen, if there is anything I can help with, please, don’t hesitate.

Dick DiBuono
   Posted Sun November 24, 2019
Eileen, you have my deep sympathy for your loss of John. A friend since college days, John was a special one to me. I feel the loss, too. I know that he treasured and loved you; I always told him that he was lucky to have chosen you as his wife. He agreed.

Bunny O'Connor
   Posted Sun November 24, 2019
Eileen, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers right now. Although John told me once that the Szymanskis owed the Hamblys, I think it was the other way around. He had a heart of gold. You both there for us more than we ever were for him and we will always be grateful. God bless you.

Ann and Bob Koczera
   Posted Sun November 24, 2019
Eileen, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Frank Verprauskus
   Posted Fri December 06, 2019
Eileen - Karen and I send our love and condolences. We know how much John appreciated your tremendous support for him during the past few years. He mentioned it to us during our visit to you two in October.

Best wishes - Frank Verprauskus

   Posted Wed December 18, 2019
My sincere condolence's to the family of John. John and I grew up on Costa Street together. We were class mates all through school starting at the Gidley Elementary School all the way through Dartmouth High School. My family used the land next to his house for a family garden. If I remember correctly, John graduated from Worcester Polytech. He was a good friend. His classmates will miss him.

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