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July 6, 1934 - June 8, 2015
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Joseph Henry Sawyers Jr., 80, of Marlborough and formerly Dix Hills, NY passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Freeport, NY, he was the son of the late Emma (McGough) and Joseph H. Sawyers. He was the husband of Carol L. Bullock Sawyers of Marlborough and formerly Dix Hills, NY.
An Army Veteran, Joe played amateur baseball in the prestigious Riley League in Fort Riley, KS while serving his country. Playing for the 28th Infantry Black Lions, he was named to the 1957 Army All-Star team as both a pitcher and power-hitting first baseman. Upon his honorable discharge, he continued his career on the softball field back home on Long Island where he would distinguish himself there as well with an induction into the Metro- NY Softball Hall of Fame (Class of ’85). An astute businessman, he worked for PPG industries as a Branch Manager (’73-’86) before he went off on his own and created Sawyers Glass Corp., a commercial glass construction company, he ran for almost 20 years.
Besides his wife, Carol, he is survived by two sons, Joseph E. Sawyers and his wife Andrea of Stony Brook, NY, Kenneth A. Sawyers and his wife Shay of Holliston; 2 sisters, Janet D’Amico of Hilton Head, SC and Gail Colby of Monroe, CT. He also leaves behind 3 granddaughters, Olivia (19), Emma (14) and Lily (11). He is predeceased by his older brother, Donald J. Sawyers.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 11th at 3:00 p.m. the First Congregational Church of Holliston, 725 Washington St. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to, The Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741 or www.michaeljfox.org