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Benjamin I. Wyeroski

Benjamin I. Wyeroski

October 6, 1918 - August 25, 2018     Age: 99

Mr. Benjamin Ignatius Wyeroski, age 99 of Amelia Island, FL passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

He was born on October 6, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Ignatius and Victoria (Zolmieski) Wyeroski who immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1902.

When he was a young teenager, he met his childhood sweetheart, Mary Competelli in the neighborhood and was so smitten with her that he gave her a cross necklace.  After 78 years of marriage, she still wears that cross.  Growing up during the depression, he was a member of the “Greatest Generation” which carried him through his long and illustrious life.  His family tells stories of him at twelve years old walking the train tracks in Brooklyn with his brother, picking up coal that the trains would drop to heat his family’s cold-water flat.  He loved to build model airplanes, making each piece by hand.  He would also sell the balsa wood to other children in the neighborhood to make money for his family.

Mr. Wyeroski  was attending school to train as an aviation mechanic before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 where he served honorably and with distinction as a photographer in World War II.  While stationed in the Philippines, his unit was scheduled to invade Japan but were called back because President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bombs.  As part of the occupying forces after the war, he documented the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombs fell. Amazingly, he was not affected by the radiation!  He and his fellow soldiers were so moved by the suffering, starving children, they offered them part of their rations.

After returning home from the war, he worked as the manager for a graphic arts supply company for 47 years.

Mr. Wyeroski was known as an honest man; a man who would help anyone and quite a good singer, breaking into a rousing rendition of “Let me call you sweetheart” at the birthday parties in Osprey Village.  He was a man who could build anything, including the electric and plumbing, which is evident in the finished basement of his house.  He enjoyed attending Air Shows and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is preceded in death by his siblings, Sophia Wyeroski, Marion Wyeroski, Sigfried Wyeroski and Stanley Wyeroski.

He leaves behind his wife of 78 years, Mary Wyeroski of Amelia Island, Florida; his children, Carolyn Strunk and her husband Brian, Richard Wyeroski and his wife Elba; granddaughters, Karen Riley and her husband Mike, Lisa Quig and her husband Joseph; and great-grandsons, Aidan and Austin Quig.

 A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Jose Kallukalam, Celebrant.

He will be laid to rest at 11:30 am on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Jacksonville National Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

5 Condolences

  • Michael Natoli Posted August 27, 2018 3:16 pm

    Aunt Mary, Carolynn, Richie. my deepest sympathy. I will never forget my Godfather. There will never be a generation like them again. Your Godson.

  • Jeanne (Natoli) Gross Posted August 29, 2018 7:41 pm

    My dear Aunt Mary, Caroline, Richie and families, sharing in your sadness; my sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you. We were so blessed to have the many wonderful times together and memories to hold onto. Love you and miss you, Love Always, Jeanne and family

  • Richard Wyeroski Posted August 29, 2018 9:02 pm


    I will miss you and I know you are in peace now and in a good place.Thank you for being my father and bring me up and teaching me right and wrong. I will always love you and miss you…….till we meet again …..your Son Richie

  • Jean Morris Burd Posted September 21, 2018 11:16 am

    Condolence to Mary and the Family! Ben will turly be missed. May he RIP!! I met Ben and Mary at Osprey Villige in the dinning room. They are the loveliest couple, I have every met. They were always together⚘⚘true Love!

  • Chris & Jackie Johnson Posted March 31, 2019 2:19 pm

    We met Ben and Mary when we purchased our home across the lake from theirs in Lofton Point. We quickly became good friends! We and our dog, Maxx, would go over in the evening for wine/beer and goodies on the screened in patio. We could listen for hours the stories Ben would tell about how he courted Mary, the old days in Brooklyn, his time in the service and all his travels. We also loved going out to dinner at their favorite places for Chinese and seafood. So many good times were spent with them in the years we lived there and they were our biggest regret when we had to move back to New York. They treated us like family and that’s how we onsidered them… dearest family. Rest In Peace Benny, we love you…

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