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In Memoriam: Bill Tyszka

Bill Tyszka and Congressman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5)at a press conference on protecting Social Security.


William "Bill" Tyszka, a long-time board member of the Council 4 Retiree Chapter and a dedicated progressive activist, died Aug. 22 at age 81.

Along with his wife Marilyn, a retired AFSCME/CSEA member, Bill lent his time and energy to numerous causes, from advancing workers' rights and expanding health care access to protecting Social Security and Medicare. He was a steady presence at rallies and legislative hearings, as well as Council 4 lobby days, PEOPLE Committee meetings, the Council 4 Veterans Picnic and much more.

Bill was always there when needed. At the end of the 2016 legislative session, when the public retirement security bill championed by Council 4 and other organizations, was in danger, Bill answered the call to lobby legislators and helped the bill get passed and then signed into law by Gov. Malloy.

He also served on the board of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alliance for Retired American's, the AFL-CIO's retiree constituent organization, which recognized Bill with a special award earlier this year.

"Bill never said 'no' to any ask or to any task," said Connecticut ARA President Bette Marafino. "In fact, Bill was always one to volunteer. If you needed him to attend a meeting or make a visit to the legislature, you could rely on Bill. What a dear friend and what a tremendous loss."

Bill's activism extended well beyond the labor movement to areas like environmental and consumer protection, and voting rights. That's why the Connecticut Citizen Action Group bestowed their Nancy Benedict Award to Bill and Marilyn in 2014.

"Bill was a champion of our union and one of those people who made the world a better place for everyone," said Council 4 Retiree Chapter President Tom Ledoux. "He will be sorely missed. It's up to all of us to carry on his amazing legacy."

Council 4 extends our deepest condolences to Bill's family and friends, starting with his beloved wife of 61 years, Marilyn Tyszka. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Simsbury or Granby Public Library.

Bill and Marilyn Tyszka.

There will be a memorial service/celebration of Bill Tyzska's life on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Barn, 17 East Granby Rd., Granby,CT. Click here to read Bill's obituary.

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