Tony Cizenski

Jun 21, 1995

Anthony J. Cizenski, 76, of 241 LaFayette Road died Wednesday at Community-General Hospital.

He was born in Solvay and lived in the Syracuse area all his life. He graduated from Solvay High School in 1936 where he was an outstanding athlete.

In 1980, he retired from the criminal investigative division of the Syracuse Police Department as a detective sergeant.

He earned many citations during his 34 years with the police department. He was past president of the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and a member of its Holy Name Society and Father's Club.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He served with the 90th Division in France and received a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He served during the Battle of the Bulge and the Normandy invasion. He was a member of the Polish American Veterans Legion.

Surviving are his wife, the former Alfreda Grudzinski; two daughters, Theresa Fornaro of Liverpool and Shirley Galasco of Vestal; a son, Richard of Binghamton; two brothers, Richard of Camillus and Edward of Florida; two sisters, Julia Corey of Binghamton and Ann Allard of California; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Giminski-Wysocki Funeral Home and 9 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Burial is in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home, 1320 W. Genesee St.

Contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church or the Syracuse PBA.

Gruff but lovable Tony C. When I was a rookie detective in the 70's, bowties were "sort of" in style. You might see one on 1 man in 10 rather than 1 in 100 as it is today. Tony looked up from his command post on the desk when I came in sporting a big blue bow tie one day. He assumed his most fierce expression and told me. "This is a place of business and that includes a business tie. If you ever wear that work again I will punch you in the adam's apple." You just had to love Tony!