Matthew Rybinski, 100, of Minoa, a World War II veteran and Carrier Corp. employee, died Thursday, April 13, 2023.
He grew up on the family farm in Pompey and was a 1941 graduate of Manlius High School.
He apprenticed as a tool and die maker until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served as a gunner on the USS Minneapolis (CA-36) in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946.
According to his obituary, he received the Bronze Star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Asian Pacific Medal.
After returning from the war, Rybinski married, and he and his wife Margaret started a family. While working at Prestolite, he attended night school to become an engineer. He completed his career as a manufacturing engineer at Carrier Corp.
He was a parishioner and volunteer at St. Mary’s Church in Minoa.
Rybinski was a skilled woodworker, furniture refinisher, builder and gardener, according to his obituary. He used his skills helping friends, family and his church. He volunteered his time at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum constructing a replica canal boat.
In retirement, Rybinski and his wife enjoyed golf and bowling. They would travel around the country in their motor home and attend annual Navy reunions.
The couple was married for 73 years and still lived in the home they built in 1953, according to his obituary.
In February, Rybinski celebrated his 100th birthday with the aid of Honor Flight Syracuse. He was on Honor Flight Syracuse to Washington D.C. in 2019.
We honor you, Matthew Rybinski.
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