Joseph Olszewski, an East Hampton commercial fisherman who helped supply fresh fish to the Round Swamp Farm market on Three Mile Harbor Road, died at Southampton Hospital on Aug. 13 of an internal infection and organ failure. He was 63 years old.
Mr. Olszewski’s family said his illness had come unexpectedly, although he had had a severe bout of Lyme disease some time ago. They would remember him, they said, for his loyalty and sense of humor, and as a thoughtful husband, loving father, and kind friend.
He was born in Southampton in 1950 to Joseph Olszewski Sr. and the former Lucy Repenski, who live on Cove Hollow Road in East Hampton. They survive. In 1968, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific Fleet aboard the U.S.S. Bennington. He was cited for quality work “under constant threat and frequent attacks by enemy rockets and demolition squads” during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Olszewski became what the family said was “a true Bonacker” after he returned home. He is among the fishermen in photographs at the Town Marine Museum. He also had been a member of Danny King’s haulseining crew, whose familiar red, white, and blue flag dory was taken through the surf at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett in 1992 in protest of state striped bass regulations. Billy Joel was among those arrested.
He and Claire Lester of Round Swamp Farm were married for 37 years, having tied the knot on Oct. 23, 1976. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr Olszewski is survived by two daughters, Katie Olszewski of East Hampton and Tricia Olszewski, who resigned from a job in Alaska after her father’s death in order to be at home with her mother. He also is survived by a brother, Roy Olzsewski of Cove Hollow Road, and a sister, Ellen Kenny of Saratoga, N.Y.
A memorial service will take place at the Round Swamp Farm family cemetery on Three Mile Harbor Road at noon on Sept. 3. The family will welcome all who wish to attend.
Donations in Mr. Olszewski’s memory have been suggested to the East Hampton Baymen’s Association Medical Fund, P.O. Box 498, Amagansett 11930.