| Stanislaw R.J. Suchecki Memorial Overpass forming part of Columbia Road as it passes over the Southeast Expressway.
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From: Paul M. J. Suchecki (son of Stanislaw)
Re: Overview: Stanislaw R.J. Suchecki Memorial Overpass
Stanislaw Raymond Jan Suchecki was born on August 29, 1925 on Preble Street in South Boston. The son of Polish immigrants, he grew up poor in the Southie tenements during the Depression. He had to look out for his younger brother and sister as his mother ailed. A bright child, he made it into Boston Latin School. He studied hard, joined the glee club and cultivated a life long love of opera. He was admitted to Harvard where he majored in government. Halfway through he joined the army and fought in World War II, engaging in fierce combat during the Battle of the Bulge. Since he was bilingual in Polish and English, he was frequently called upon to act as a translator when U.S. troops liberated German prison camps. Mr. Suchecki was honorably discharged, graduated cum laude from Harvard and from Boston College Law School. He married Radcliffe graduate Evelyn Wysocki and began a family in Dorchester. He entered private law practice with an abiding interest in helping refugees settle in the U.S. who had been displaced by the war.
As an attorney for the Boston Housing Authority he was instrumental in establishing low income housing throughout the city. During the 1960 election campaign he supported Senator John F. Kennedy for President. He was appointed a federal prosecutor to the Justice Department by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. As Assistant U. S. Attorney he handled many high profile mail, tax, food and drug cases, including the $1.5 million Plymouth mail robbery, then the biggest robbery in the world. He won the government's Distinguished Service Award for his efforts. While working full time he earned a Master of Laws at Suffolk Law School
Although never an ardent supporter of the Vietnam War, during the height of the conflict he was responsible for enforcing the selective service laws throughout Massachusetts. When the commonwealth passed a law prohibiting its citizens from serving in Vietnam, Mr. Suchecki?s arguments in support of Article Six of the Constitution, the supremacy clause, carried the day in federal court.
He was active in the Polish American Congress, the Boston Council of the Boy Scouts of America, was President of the St. Brendan?s Holy Name Society and sang in the church choir. Stan Suchecki was cut down in the prime of life in 1970 at the age of 44 while at work. He was survived by his wife and a family of five children, Paul 15, Mark 13, Andrew 8, Marilyn 5, and Karl 5. Inspired by her husband, his widow, Evelyn, graduated from Suffolk Law School and became an attorney with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.
The Stanislaw R. J. Suchecki Memorial?s location is particularly appropriate serving as a bridge between South Boston where he was born and Dorchester where he made his mark.
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Created: October 6, 2005 Modified: August 17, 2006