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Jan Waszkiewicz Co-Founder of Randolph Engineering Passed Away

by John M. White |

Jan Waszkiewicz was born in Poland 96 years ago and was raised and educated in Poland. When World War II came to Poland his family fled to the West to avoid the German occupation. After some harrowing escapes Jan Waskieweicz reached the Allied lines, served in the Polish Army and the British Royal Air Force as a navigator. He arrived in the United States in 1951 and was a resident of Dorchester until 8 years ago when he moved to Salem, N.H. After his arrival to Boston he completed his engineering studies and began his career working for the American Optical Company in Southbridge, MA. He decided that he could make a better spectacle product with some of the machines he had invented and started the Randolph Engineering Company with a partner, Stanley Zaleski. Jan was the owner and co-founder of Randolph Engineering Co. He loved his family and business and was an avid vegetable gardener. He was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Ashwin); father of Christine J. Barriere and her husband Larry of Manchester, N.H., Teresa A. Callahan and her husband Michael of Quincy, Peter M. Waszkiewicz and his wife Linda of Quincy, Robert A. Waszkiewicz and his wife Donna of Alton, N.H., and the late Richard J.; father-in-law of Maura Waszkiewicz of Dorchester. Also survived by 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gregory Church, Dorchester, on Saturday morning at 10am with burial at the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

Randolph Engineering Today

Today Randolph Engineering is run by his son, Peter Waskiewicz, and the company remains committed to manufacturing Made in America spectacle frames, shooting glasses and sunglasses. In 1982 the U.S. Department of Defense chose Randolph Engineering to supply U.S. military pilots with aviator sunglasses, and the company remains the prime contractor for aviator sunglasses for the U.S. Department of Defense. Randolph Engineering manufactures three distinct product lines - handcrafted sunglasses, optical frames and performance sporting eyewear. It has a global prescence with sales in more than 40 countries worldwide, and consumers purchase the product not just for the quality and design, but also for the story that goes behind the product. Check out all of Randolph Engineering's products on the Randolph Engineering Catalog Page. ]]> Jan Waszkiewicz was born in Poland 96 years ago and was raised and educated in Poland. When World War II came to Poland his family fled to the West to avoid the German occupation. After some harrowing escapes Jan Waskieweicz reached the Allied lines, served in the Polish Army and the British Royal Air Force as a navigator. He arrived in the United States in 1951 and was a resident of Dorchester until 8 years ago when he moved to Salem, N.H. After his arrival to Boston he completed his engineering studies and began his career working for the American Optical Company in Southbridge, MA. He decided that he could make a better spectacle product with some of the machines he had invented and started the Randolph Engineering Company with a partner, Stanley Zaleski. Jan was the owner and co-founder of Randolph Engineering Co. He loved his family and business and was an avid vegetable gardener. He was the beloved husband of Jean M. (Ashwin); father of Christine J. Barriere and her husband Larry of Manchester, N.H., Teresa A. Callahan and her husband Michael of Quincy, Peter M. Waszkiewicz and his wife Linda of Quincy, Robert A. Waszkiewicz and his wife Donna of Alton, N.H., and the late Richard J.; father-in-law of Maura Waszkiewicz of Dorchester. Also survived by 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gregory Church, Dorchester, on Saturday morning at 10am with burial at the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

Randolph Engineering Today

Today Randolph Engineering is run by his son, Peter Waskiewicz, and the company remains committed to manufacturing Made in America spectacle frames, shooting glasses and sunglasses. In 1982 the U.S. Department of Defense chose Randolph Engineering to supply U.S. military pilots with aviator sunglasses, and the company remains the prime contractor for aviator sunglasses for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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