Dr. Eugene W. Grabowski
Dr. Eugene W. Grabowski, 75, of Bennington, passed away on April 7, 2018, surrounded by his seven children, listening to family stories and watching his favorite Boston Red Sox. Gene was born in New Britain, Connecticut on April 11, 1942, to Walter and Helen (Begay) Grabowski. He graduated from Berlin High School in 1960 and was a proud alumni of Holy Cross College and Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, before moving to Bennington and establishing a private practice at the Southwestern Medical Center. For over forty years, he served his patients with compassion and skill. Over the years, his patients and their families have frequently shared their Dr. Grabowski experiences with his family and these stories provided great satisfaction for Gene.
Gene served his community in a variety of leadership positions for many organizations including; the Board of Trustees for Southern Vermont College, Chairman of the New England Society of Vascular Surgery and Chief of Surgery at SVMC. He enjoyed teaching future doctors at Williams College, the University of Vermont, and Albany Medical College. Gene served as the long time Medical Director for the Carthusian Monastery atop Mount Equinox. He greatly admired the monks who lived in seclusion and looked forward to visiting with them. Gene’s kids remember the multiple Emergency Response Simulations he organized for the town of Bennington. He found great joy in coordinating with the local police, fire, rescue and hospital personnel to give the Bennington community the opportunity to practice for a possible future emergency event. Gene frequently recruited his children and friends to act as “victims” in simulated fires, bus accidents and airplane catastrophes.
Despite a busy professional life, Gene found time to cheer for his kids in countless athletic competitions and theater productions as they attended Mount Anthony Union High School. Later in life, he attended events of a growing number of grandchildren. Gene wore the title of Dziadzu, grandfather in Polish, proudly. He was a constant source of amusement for his family with his surprise visits and his curious habit of leaving birthday greetings in Polish on family answering machines. Gene enjoyed traveling, meeting new friends and learning languages. He climbed mountains on three continents including Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Blanc and the Matterhorn. When home, he tended to his birdhouses and watched for his favorite bluebirds. Gene enjoyed learning to drive stock cars and cruising around town in his Model A with grandchildren hanging out of the rumble seat.
He leaves behind his sister, Betsy Koshlap; Margaret Briggs, the mother of his seven children; Jill Takacs and husband Mike of Walpole, MA; Ivan Grabowski and wife Sandy of Westood, MA; Rachel Payne and husband Tim of Bennington, VT; Wally Grabowski and wife Katie of Norwell, MA; Emily Grabowski of Bennington, VT; Sarah Stith and husband Nathan of San Antonio, TX and Ben Grabowski and wife Catherine of Canton, Georgia. He also leaves eighteen grandchildren; Jake, Max and Alex Takacs; Lucy and Ali Grabowski; Noah, Maggie and Finn Payne; Nicholas, Sammy and Toby Grabowski, Lukas, Otto and Edgar Ostler, Zoe and Owen Stith and Taylor and Will Grabowski. He leaves his close companion, Mary Dwyer and her son Matthew, cousins, a niece and a nephew.
The family wishes to thank the Bayada Hospice nursing staff and especially Melissa Morrison, Kay Daignault and Lisa Burnor from At Home Senior Care for their wonderful care during the last months of Gene’s life. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, April 11th from 4-7 pm at Mahar and Sons Funeral Home in Bennington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart St. Francis De Sales Church at 11 am on Thursday, April 12th with a burial and a service of remembrance and stories to follow at 2pm at the Old First Church in Old Bennington.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad in care of E.P. Mahar and Sons Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
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