Obituary of Eugene Walter Polanski
Eugene W. Polanski “Peanuts” 86 formerly of Berlin, NJ and then Sat. Bch., FL passed on Saturday October 6, 2018. Husband of Arlene Polanski (Krygiel) for 62 years. Father to Tina Cuffari (Richard) of Philadelphia, Cynthia Corle (Don) of Haddon Heights, Eugene Polanski Jr. of Berlin, the late Renee Polanski of Sat. Bch., and the late Christian Polanski of Sat. Bch. Grandfather to Ian (Chelsea), Alyse and Aurelia Corle. Great grandfather Cohen and Jackson. Son of the late Pauline and Walter Polanski. Brother to Henry, Carl and Barney Polanski, Laura Jablonski and Helen Nichols.
After graduating Camden H.S. class of 1952 our father enlisted in the army. He served in the Korean conflict 1952-1954. Honorable discharge at rank of corporal, acting sergeant for the last 2 months. He returned stateside and worked as laborer at Campbell Soup, Radio Condenser and Johnny Welding Co from 1955-1956. Hired as a clerk for USPS in 1956 where he worked through 1972. During this time he was President of Camden Local (1968-1971), president of the 4 merged unions (1971), vice president NJ St. Southern Division (1966-1971) and secretary-treasurer NJ Postal Union (1971-1972). He helped lead the Camden Local in the great postal strike of 1970.
Peanuts worked his way through union ranks to become national business agent from 1972-1990. He represented postal clerks in PA, NJ and DE with regional offices in Philadelphia, PA and NYC.
Congressman James Florio appointed our father an employee labor consultant from 1975-1988. Additional appointments included Camden County park commissioner 1980-1988 and committeeman for the Borough of Berlin from 1986-1988.
Our father loved his family, all his children and grandchildren. Especially his wife of 62 years. A devoted father to all.
Some of his fondest memories were living on Edwards Ave. and Homestead Ave. in Pennsauken. Playing touch football, crabbing and many shore vacations with family and friends.
After retiring full time to Florida in 1998, our dad was involved with the Moose, VFW and American Legion Post 200. He became finance officer and then commander for Post 200, where he served for 11 years. A position he loved and served making numerous improvements throughout his terms.
The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his “prime”.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Thursday evening 6-8PM and Friday morning 8:30-9:30AM at the COSTANTINO FUNERAL HOME 231 W. WHITE HORSE PIKE BERLIN, NJ 08009. Funeral Mass Friday 10AM at St. Simon Stock Parish Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church 178 W. White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009. Entombment at St. Joseph's Cemetery Mausoleum Chews Landing, NJ. For additional information or to email lasting condolences: COSTANTINOFH.COM.