ET1 Eric J. Sawenko

ET1 Eric J. Sawenko

Jul 16th, 2016

Biography:  ET1 ERIC J. SAWENKO
MUNNSVILLE- ET1 Eric J. Sawenko, 39, of Norfolk, formerly of Munnsville, NY, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on July 16, 2016.
Eric was born August 25, 1976 in Syracuse to Cynthia Bennett (Horton) and Victor Sawenko. He joined the Navy in 1997 and made it his career. Over the years he had received many accommodations and awards, just recently making Chief, but decided to retire after 20 years next January instead. The Navy allowed him to see a lot of the world, but most most of all, he gained a huge extended family with his Navy brothers and sisters giving him all their friendship, love and support. Besides the Navy, his other passions were racing and showing his corvette, playing his many computer games, going to concerts but the top of the list was the Yankees.
Eric is survived by his mother, Cindy Bennett and Phil Schwebe of Canastota; father, Victor and Lucy Sawenko of Syracuse; sister, Lisa Sawenko and Nate Kessler of Virginia; half-brother, Brian Bennett of Virginia; grandmother, Lucy Greco of Syracuse and his love, Sarah Leis and her girls Stephanie, Kimmy and Tina, all of Virginia.
Calling hours will be held from 3-7 PM Friday July 29, 2016 at Campbell- Dean Funeral Home, Inc. 260 Main St., Oneida, NY. Funeral services will be 9 AM Saturday at the funeral home with burial immediately following at Woodlawn Cemetery, 800 Grant Blvd, Syracuse, NY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association in Canastota, NY.
There will be an informal gathering for family and friends at the Munnsville American Legion Post 54, 6311 E. Hill Rd., Munnsville, NY from 1-4 p.m. Saturday July 30th following the funeral. To leave a message of condolence, please visit 

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Jessica Bellino
Jul 24th, 2016 9:05 pm
I am so very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts, may he rest in peace.
Al & Billie
Jul 24th, 2016 9:23 pm
Although it's been a while, I will always remember Eric's wonderful smile and his readiness to laugh. May he rest in peace. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie, Johnerickson and little Erin
Jul 24th, 2016 11:10 pm
We going to miss him a lot.. He such a great guy,very thoughtfull and easy to be around.. He became a father figure to us and we are very thankful he became part of our lives specially my mom... Im sorry we couldn't be there but i know you understand... You are always be in our thought and prayer.. May you rest in peace...

Our deepest condolonces to Eric's family...
Linda and Gary
Jul 25th, 2016 6:18 am
Are prayers are with you and your family. He was special for the Lord to call him home so young.
Bob Murfitt
Jul 25th, 2016 9:41 am
So very sorry for your loss. He was much too young to be taken from you, but he lands in Good Hands
Jackie Anderson
Jul 25th, 2016 12:51 pm
May your pain be lessened knowing so many people are wishing you peace knowing what a wonderful person Eric had become. Lisa My thoughts are with you as we had another connection as well. The memories you all have will bring smiles to your face as you remember them just out of the blue. I will ask God to ease your pain through those memories. I empathize with you all. God bless your hearts.
Grandma Bea Gobee
Jul 25th, 2016 4:31 pm
Lucy and Vic, I am so very very sorry for your loss. May God engulf you in his arms and ease your pain. Please feel my hugs as well.
Debbie and Mike Krupa and family
Jul 26th, 2016 6:28 am
Cindy and family,
I hate that you are enduring the loss of your son Eric. We cannot imagine. I pray for your strength to get through these coming days and that all your wonderful memories of your beautiful son are right there with you now. My thoughts and prayers are with you my dear friend.
Debbie, Mike and Family
A fellow Shipmate
Jul 27th, 2016 7:19 pm
I am standing on the sea shore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object
of beauty and I stand
and watch her until at last she
fades on the horizon.

Then someone at my side says
"There she has gone" -
gone where?
Gone from my sight - that is all.
She is just as large in the mast,
hull and spars as she was
when she left my side. The
diminished size and total loss
of sight is in me and not in her,
and just at that moment when
someone by my side says
"She's gone" others on a distant
shore take up
the glad shout -
"There she comes!"

Bishop Brent
Bishop of the Philippines
1862 - 1929

Fair winds and following seas, Swank. May you find peace and happiness in your new distant shore.
Marty Connelly
Jul 28th, 2016 6:47 am
VICTOR AND LUCY I'm sorry for your sadness Marty
Millette Burns
Jul 28th, 2016 7:09 am
I pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
My most sincerest condolences and I am send you thoughts of comfort.
Jul 28th, 2016 4:03 pm
I offer my most heartfelt condolences to the family. There are no words sufficient enough to cover over the grief of losing your beloved son, grandson, or brother. In difficult times like this family and friends can offer much needed support. May their love and comfort be a constant at your door now in the the days to come. Most important is our relationship with God (Psalm 83:18) I pray that he gives you peace and that you find strength in him, his word and his promise of a resurrection in Isaiah 26:19.
Sharon Wagner
Aug 1st, 2016 12:05 pm
Please accept my sincere condolences in the passing of one of our nation's finest.

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