SOUTHBURY — Charles Paul Salwierz, 84, was born on May 18, 1936, in Bridgeport to Sophie Katherine (Guzek) Salwierz and William Michael Salwierz. He died at home on Sunday, August 23, surrounded by family. He was a Southbury resident for 48 years.
He grew up in Bridgeport where he attended St. Michael Archangel School and Warren Harding High School. He apprenticed at Scinto Village Drug and later attended the University of Connecticut, graduating with a degree in pharmacy. He was the first in his Polish working-class lineage to graduate from university.
He married Frances Simpson whom he met at UConn in 1961. They settled in Stratford and he eventually became the owner of Village Drug.
In 1971 he followed his mentor, John Scinto, to Southbury where they partnered to run Southbury Pharmacy. Soon after Charles became owner and manager once Mr. Scinto retired. His family relocated to Southbury in 1972.
He moved the store from Main Street to the larger, then newly built location at Southbury Plaza in 1979. The store remained there until 1993 when a downturn in the economy plus the arrival of CVS forced it to close.
His customers loved to see Charlie since he knew each one by their ailment. When they asked him, “how are you doing?” he would reply, “60-40.” He worked for CVS in Southbury, Naugatuck and Waterbury until he retired in 2012.
Charles was active member of the Sacred Heart Church folk group and later in life the choir. As a business owner, he was a member of Tribury Rotary and served one year as president. He loved the New York Yankees, UConn basketball, crossword puzzles, chocolate donuts and polka music.
Charles is survived by his wife of 59 years, his daughter, Mary Beth; his sons, Charles, Jr., Jerome and Timothy, and his sister, Mary Salwierz. His grandchildren include Abigail and Noelle from his son Jerome.
Charles’ family would like to thank the staff at Seasons Hospice, especially Marion and his nurse, Caitlyn, for their excellent care of Charles and his family during his illness.
His memorial service took place on Saturday, September 12, at St. Michael the Archangel Church with a reception. Messages of condolence can be left to Frances Salwierz via Facebook.