Al was born on October 17, 1924 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Benjamin and Apolonia “Pauline” (Baginski) Staniewicz. Al was raised in a large, loving family in East Cambridge and graduated from Ringe High School with the Class of 1942.
Following his graduation from high school, Al went on to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy. He was tutored for most of his college education and earned his degree from Mass. College of Pharmacy. Al went to work as a Pharmaceutical sales rep for Massingil/Beecham for many years.
In 1975, Al opened Silver Lake Pharmacy where he owned and operated the store for more than 25 years. Al enjoyed owning the business; the store was a very busy place and a famous Wilmington landmark. Al went above and beyond as the “town pharmacist”; he treated everyone like family and went out of his way to help others. Al greeted everyone with a big smile and a friendly “hello” as soon as you walked into the store. Al loved his very busy work schedule, building friendships with his regular customers and serving the Wilmington community with all their pharmaceutical needs. In 1999, was ready to retire and sold the pharmacy.
In his spare time, Al enjoyed taking driving trips all over. He loved to go sightseeing; one of his favorite trips was to Franconia Notch, as well as his special trips to Foxwoods. Al was very interested in history and spent time reading about anything to do with the subject. He loved to watch most Boston sports; he would watch the Celtics and Red Sox, but the Patriots were by far his favorite. Luckily, Al was able to watch this year’s Super Bowl game before his passing.
Al is the dear companion of the late Mary Ratchford, former husband of the late Lorraine M. (Shackford) Staniewicz, devoted father of Gail Trask & her husband Steve of Nashua, NH, Brian Staniewicz of Burlington, the late Paul Staniewicz of Methuen and the late Sandy “Vic” Staniewicz of Jupiter, FL, loving “Grampy” of Derek Buzzotta, Jesse Buzzotta, Douglas Staniewicz and Jillian Garborino & her husband Michael, great-grandfather of Douglas Caden, cherished son of the late Benjamin and Apolonia “Pauline” (Baginski) Staniewicz, dear brother of Alfred Staniewicz of Belmont, the late Stanley Staniewicz, Frank Staniewicz, Josephine Staniewicz and Stephanie Clark. Al is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, February 11th from 10:30-12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorial donations in Al’s name may be made to TILL, Inc., 20 Eastbrook Road, Dedham, MA 02026.