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Obituary: Andrew J. Pocica

Andrew J. Plocica, formerly of Tiverton, died last week at 85.

Andrew J. Plocica, 85, formerly of Tiverton, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

He was the husband of Carlene (White) Plocica.

Born in Fall River, Andrew was the son of the late Josef and Dorota (Fronczek) Plocica, but lived in Tiverton since 1968.

He was a daily communicant and very active with the Holy Ghost Church, also in Tiverton.

Mr. Plocica served in the U.S. Navy for four years during WWII where he attended Signal School in Michigan and was assigned to the U.S.S. Stribling. After he was in the Navy, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years and attained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. While in the Coast Guard he served on the Legare and the Bibb among many others. He also was stationed at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, NJ and at the Coast Guard Life Saving Station #10 in Louisville, KY. Following his career in the Coast Guard, Mr. Plocica worked as a carpenter with Wardwell Lumber in Bristol, RI for 19 years.

Mr. Plocica was a member of the Rhythm Box Buddies of Fall River and enjoyed painting, singing with the Light Opera, classical music, and woodworking.

Survivors include his widow, two daughters; Jean Bua and her husband Joseph of Franklin, MA, and Susan Duva and her husband Anthony of North Attleboro; two  sons, James Plocica of Dedham, MA and Joseph Plocica and his fiancé Gina Sevigny of Tiverton; two sisters, Jane Bis of Kalamazoo, MI and Janice Ferreira of New Bedford; a brother Tadeusz Plocica of Fall River, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Mary Dziecynski, Julia Plocica, Casmir Plocica, and John Plocica.

A funeral, to which relatives and friends are invited, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 9 a.m. from the Boyko Memorial Funeral Home, 709 Broadway, Fall River, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Church, 311 Hooper St., Tiverton. Calling hours will be on Wednesday Jan. 30 from 4 – 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tiverton Fire Department and Rescue Association, 85 Main Rd., Tiverton, RI 02878. 

Joseph E. Donovan April 19, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Master Chief Plocica was my boot camp company commander (Golf-53) from September to December 1963. I know that company commanders were supposed to be gruff and impersonal towards the recruits, but even as a 17 year old homesick kid,I could see the kindness behind the stern facade. I Iiked Master Chief Plocica very much as did most if not all of the 100 or so recruits in G-53. I retired from the Coast Guard 20 years ago after 26 years of service and I can say with complete sincerity that Master Chief Plocica had a strong positive impact on my life and Coast Guard career as I'm sure he had on all the recruits he led while stationed at Coast Guard Receiving Center, Cape May, New Jersey. My sincere condolences on his passing. LCDR Joseph E. Donovan USCG (RET)

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