Komeshok Honored By Association
of the Sons of Poland
NEW JERSEY – On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Royal Manor in Garfield, the Association of the Sons of Poland hosted a gala evening raising funds for scholarships and honoring Gregory Komeshok, who represents the epitome of citizenship and today’s role of a Polish American.
Born in Passaic, New Jersey to John and Emily (Rzepecki) Komeshok, Gregory graduated Holy Rosary grammar school and Passaic High School where he played on the basketball and baseball teams. He earned a B.A. in Industrial Arts and a M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University. He taught at Passaic High School, and then went on to become Principal of the Learning Center Elementary School in Passaic. He was made Supervisor of Art, Music, Gifted & Talented, Career Education, Attendance Officers, Adult Education, Alternate Education, and Student-Teacher Practicums as well as Supervisor of Physical Education and Health. He currently serves as Director of Athletics.
In photo on right: Louis Gill, Vice-President of ASOP; Gregory Komeshok, 2014 Honoree; Dorothy Kostecka-Wieczerzak, ASOP Corporate Secretary; and Frank Knurowski, President of ASOP.
His career in Education was the connection to the Scholarship Fundraiser in that Gregory Komeshok, by way of example, illustrated efforts that reflect the Association’s commitment to the education of our children for the benefit of society and the future.
In addition to serving the children of Passaic, he played an active role in his community and in the political life of Passaic County. The list is almost endless but the most outstanding were his contributions to community life in Holy Rosary and St. John Kanty churches where he organized English classes for immigrants; in the Central of Polish Organizations (CENTRALA) where he was Contingent Marshal for the Pulaski Day Parade; he established the annual outdoor Jimmy Sturr Concert in Passaic – now in its eleventh year; and in the political arena served as a Delegate to the National Convention as well as being party chairman and Freeholder for his county. He has also managed and coached baseball teams.
Many representatives from both Passaic County and the Passaic Board of Education were present that evening to honor Komeshok. Among our special guests who gave an extraordinary presentation to Komeshok were Ed Trawinski, Bergen County Administrator and Alicja Tunk, Vice Consul of the Republic of Poland Consulate located on Madison Avenue in New York City.
In photo above: THE KOMESHOK FAMILY: (l-r) Christopher and Adrianna Komeshok; Gregory Komeshok, wife Susan Komeshok; Kevin and Stephanie Komeshok. Photos by John Kostecki
The Association of the Sons of Poland hosts this annual Scholarship Fundraiser in order to keep our community informed of this benefit for High School Seniors who are insured members of our Society; to give Honor and Acclamation to a deserving individual or organization who has expressed the value of education; and to make the community at large aware of the need for higher education, its costs and how we, as an organization, can help.
– John Kostecki
In photo on left: Rev. Stefan Las, Pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Passaic, NJ; Gregory Komeshok; wife Susan; and Rev. Rafael Zwolenkiewicz, Pastor of St. John Kanty Church, Clifton, NJ.