Walter James “Corky” Sawchuk, age 53, of West Chester, OH and formerly of Colchester, CT, passed away at home unexpectedly after a brief illness on Sunday, March 3, 2019. He was born June 16, 1965 in Middletown, CT, loving son of Dolores (Bengston) Sawchuk of Colchester and the late Walter Henry Sawchuk. Corky grew up in Colchester and graduated in 1983 from Bacon Academy and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN) in 1987. Early on, he acquired a love of travel from his parents. Cork’s life journey found him navigating the country for school, ball games, concerts, visiting friends, and later for work. His lifelong love of baseball began as just a little guy wearing “1/2” as Batboy for the champion Walt’s Country Motors softball team. It continued from little league, through Legion, to the Bacon Academy High School and LMU College teams. Just a few years ago, his White Sox Baseball team captured the city league championship with Cork still playing. He loved to coach, play, watch and talk sports. He also learned the love of horse racing from his dad. During his school years, he honed his writing skills as Editor of both his high school and college newspapers, even writing a weekly article for a Kentucky newspaper titled “That’s Life”. These skills would serve him well throughout the years to the many organizational newsletters, notes and letters to friends and his love of social media. Walt’s career path brought him to many states and positions, where he made a myriad of lifelong connections and friends, culminating in his current position and successful career with Deufol North American, Inc. as Regional Business Development Manager. He was able to find balance in life while traveling for work by exploring each city and what they had to offer. He will be sadly missed but always remembered with love by children, Cameron Sawchuk and Olivia Sawchuk, both of Ohio; brothers, William (Teri) Sawchuk and John Sawchuk, all of Colchester and Charles (Sherrie) Sawchuk of Plainfield; nephews and nieces, Justin, Matthew, Amanda and Madeline; an aunt, Annette Bengston of Florida; and many other extended family members and friends. The family will receive guests starting at 11 am Saturday (March 16th) at the Colchester Federated Church (located at 60 Main Street on the Green) before a Celebration of his Life at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Colchester Federated Church where the funds will be used for the much needed replacement of a tree that was dedicated in honor of his grandfather, Carl A. Bengston and will be rededicated in both their names. An additional service for Mr. Sawchuk will be held in Ohio at a later date.
Colchester Federated Church
60 Main Street, Colchester CT 06415