John Francis Nosek, ‘Pops,’ ‘Pe Pa’ and ‘Gramps’ of Newburgh, died on August 19, 2016, at 81. Nosek retired as Supervisor of Grounds at the United States Military Academy at West Point and lifelong resident of the area, entered into rest on Friday, August 19, 2016, at home. He was 81. He is survived by his wife Benita Ann Nosek. 

An active member of the community, he was a longtime basketball official for IAABO and OCIAA, life member of Winona Lake Fire Engine Company, longtime member of the Orange County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, longtime member of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, former member of the Royal Order of Red Vests and the Royal Order of Blue Vests Nutbusters, the founding member of the Hog Hill ATV Club and the Hog Hill Salmon Fishing Club, and a lifelong parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church. He was an avid sports fan and fisherman, a dedicated fan of the Duke Blue Devils (Coach K) and the West Point Army Black Knight football and basketball (he never missed an Army home football game), and an avid Jimmy Sturr Polka fan.

In addition to his wife Benita, he is survived by his daughters, Eleanor and husband Dr. Andrei Munzer of Wallkill; and Jennifer Pizzuto and husband Dave of South River, NJ; sons John Victor Nosek and Richard Nosek and wife Tammy, all of Newburgh; stepdaughter Diana Kazolias of Pelham; and stepson John Kazolias of Newburgh; nieces and nephews Arthur Szeli and wife Cathy; Thomas Szeli and wife Gale; Maria Szeli; and Theresa Beinwald and husband Karl, all of Newburgh; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Newburgh Zion Lions, PO Box 1526, Newburgh, NY 12551.

– Fire News photos by Vinnie Dominick