Waclaw Bidas
Waclaw Bidas
  • April 15, 1924 - May 27, 2013
  • Palm Harbor, Florida

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Waclaw was born in Msciow, Poland. He swept his wife, Kazimiera, off her feet
when she was 19 and he was 28. When he and his family came from Poland to America in
1965 he tried to work in the garment industry in northern NJ but there
was no need for his hand stitching and custom work skills; they only
needed routine machine sewing. Waclaw was a tailor part time in
upscale men's clothing shops and enjoyed the alteration work and
meeting the people.

He spent most of his working life as a "color matcher". He made the
paint colors that were used to print wall papers and linoleum. It was
a very critical skill because the colors had to be the same from one
run to the next. Just imagine getting two rolls of wallpaper with
different lot numbers in the same box and they are off slightly but
enough to ruin your wall. As the industrial work declined in the 1970's
he was sought out by smaller factories doing custom short runs.
Eventually computer technology caught up to his skill level but he
retired before this.

Waclaw and his wife retired to Florida in 1994 and have lived in the same house in
East Lake. Initially they were snowbirds traveling back to their home in
Garfield, NJ during the summer months.

His son Bob his daughter-in-law Gail and their children Adam and Austin would
visit during spring break or Easter. His son Andy would come with his wife Terry
and their kids Alex and Ben. They always enjoyed the beach in Clearwater and St.
Pete plus the parks and attractions in the Tampa area.

Waclaw loved to be out in his garden. He loved flowers, the three
fruit trees in the back and his constant battle with the deer eating
his herbs and vegetables. He was always out watering, weeding and
pruning. Besides the gardening he loved working on the house. He put
in tile floors in the sun room, bath rooms and covered the front
sidewalk also. His son showed up one year and found all the carpet in the
house was replaced with laminate; a lot of work but he said his friend
Charley and Jean helped.

Waclaw and Kazimiera made many friends and enjoyed going out and socializing at
home. They played a lot of cards and dominos. It seemed like they were
always busy with parties at one place or another.