Retired Firefighter Edward F. Nemchek Passed Away On July 10, 2021

Our apologies to the Nemchek family on not getting this posted earlier. I was just made aware of his his death today.

Captain Philip Hayes

It is with deep regret that the Stamford Fire Department announces the passing of Edward F. Nemchek, Sr. 90, who passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Eddie was born March 20, 1931 in Stamford, CT to Bridget and Joseph Nemchek. He grew up the youngest of 9 siblings in the Cove and is a lifelong Stamford resident.

He graduated from Stamford High School in 1949 then served his country in the US Air Force from 1949 to 1953 and is a veteran of the Korean War. He joined the Stamford Fire Department in 1957 where he spent his 31-year career serving his community as a firefighter. He also held numerous other occupations over the years to support his family.

In 1956, Ed married the love of his life, the former Reonilda (Renee) Abbazia and they enjoyed a wonderful and loving 42-year marriage. The marriage produced 6 children, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, all of whom he considered to be his greatest legacy.

A religious man, Ed always put his faith and family first. He was a longtime, active parishioner of St. Bridget of Ireland Parish and later the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist Parish. One of his favorite activities each year was the annual Nemchek Family Reunion (AKA “Nemstock”) where he and his brothers were known to lead the large gathering in song by playing and singing many oldies on the ukulele.

Later in life, Ed became an avid US and world traveler visiting all 50 US states as well as Italy, Israel, India, and his ancestral home of Slovakia to name a few. He was a voracious reader with a huge appetite for American and world history. A big baseball fan, he visited many of the major league stadiums including the home of his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates.

Eddie is survived by his 6 children, Edward, Jr, Peter (Margaret), Renee Byrne (Kevin), Christopher (Sally), Joseph and Patricia Mullins (Patrick), his grandchildren, Sara, Daniel, Kevin, Connor, Patrick, Shannon, Lucille, Judith and Reene and his great grandchildren, Ozzy, Millie and Nora. He is also survived by his countless nieces and nephews and large and loving extended Nemchek Clan.

He is predeceased by his wife Renee, his parents, Bridget and Joseph, his 8 siblings, his daughter-in-law, Lisa and his granddaughter, Kelly Byrne.

Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Springdale.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org

About the Author

Captain Hayes is a 31-year veteran of the Stamford Fire Department. He is currently assigned to the East Side Fire Station #4 on Shippan Avenue. In addition to his regular Fire Officer duties, he is a Public Relations Officer, the developer of the StamfordFire.com website and serves on the Departments' IT Team. He is also an avid fan of Fire Department history.

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