2023 Memorial Day Parade Dedications
Stanley E. Cwirko
June 23, 1931 - November 17, 2022
Stanley E. Cwirko was born and raised in Staten Island, he moved to Camillus in 1966. Stan graduated from Port Richmond High School and then migrated upstate where he graduated from SUNY Brockport. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was also stationed in Germany. An anchor in the Camillus community, Stan was a member of the Camillus Optimist Club, Camillus Elks, American Legion Post 1540, Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity, member of the Camillus Chapter of the Jaycees, and founding member of the Camillus Ski Hill Assn.
He was also well known for being the flag bearer for the Camillus Memorial Day parade. He proudly marched with many of the organizations over the years, until the walking became too much, then he would watch from the balcony of the Bush funeral home with his children and grandchildren.
A communicant of St. Joseph's Church for over 50 years, Stan was a participant and former president of the Holy Name Society and will be remembered for his warm greetings as an usher at church. He was an avid sports fan, especially for the NY Yankees, NY Giants, and SU, and truly enjoyed golfing and cooking. Above all, Stan loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a larger-than-life type of guy!
Stan was predeceased by his parents, John and Stella; and siblings, Anthony, Mary, and Edward. Stan’s wife of 67 years, the former Lois King recently passed away on January 21, 2023. Surviving are their children, Anne Marie (Joseph) Conroy of Beaufort, SC, Kathleen (Gary) Cwirko of Green Pond, NJ, Michael (Brenda) of E. Syracuse, and Mark of Novato, CA; grandchildren, Matthew, Meghan, Daniel, Cooper, Chloe, Kristen, Jon, Jeff, and Alex; and six great-grandchildren. Stanley passed away on November 17, 2022 at the age of 91, after a long and fulfilling life, and is laid to rest in Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Syracuse.
Harry A. Holmes, Sr.
June 29, 1931-June 24, 2022
Harry A. Holmes, Sr. was born June 29, 1931 in Fulton, NY he attended Fulton High School and served in US Navy during Korea. He worked for Camillus Cutlery for 30 years and later for St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation for 12 years. He was member of Camillus VFW Post # 8664 as well as a life member of the American Legion Knifetown Post # 1540 and former member of the Camillus Vol. Fire Department.
Harry was predeceased by father Clifford “Tippy” in 1990 and his mother Nora (McDougall) Holmes in 1985; his brothers Clifford and Robert; his sisters Jane, Emma and two grandsons Spencer in 2000 and Matthew in 2020. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Anna; his children Jacqueline West, Jean (Gary) Stellato, Mary Hahn, Harry Holmes, Jr., Gerald “Homer” Holmes and Clifford Holmes; three stepchildren Jeffery (Catherine) Small, Cheryl Small and Richard (Mary) Small; a brother Gerald; two sisters Judith Bresee; Sally Stoughtenger; numerous grandchildren; many great grandchildren; countless nieces, nephews and other relatives. Harry passed away June 24, 2022 at the age of 90, and is laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery with military honors.