Vincent C. Zavorskas of North Falmouth, who taught a woodcarving class at Falmouth Senior Center for more than two decades, died Tuesday, February 11, at Falmouth Hospital after a long illness. He was 83.
He was the husband of Carla (Scribner) Zavorskas.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, his family moved to Hamden when he was in the 3rd grade. During high school he played baseball for the Hamden Medics Team; the team won the championship of the Greater New Haven League in 1954. He graduated from Hamden High School in 1956.
He worked at Dictaphone Tape Recording Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut, until joining the US Coast Guard in 1958. At boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey, he was elected group company commander. His duties were at lifeboat station Santa Rosa in Pensacola, Florida, and then in New Orleans. In 1961, he was sent to the Philippine Islands on isolated duty at a LORAN station for one year. During that time the men lost their station due to typhoon Ellen. He was honorably discharged in 1962 from USCG Base New London.
Mr. Zavorskas studied at the Paier School of Art in Hamden with the intention of becoming an illustrator. He discovered woodcarving after he moved to Falmouth; here he became a member of the New England Woodcarvers and sold his art at many shows on Cape Cod and off-Cape.
He started painting in the 1980s and many of his works were made into cards sold by Marion Heath and Heritage Plantation (now Heritage Museums & Gardens) in Sandwich. In his later years, he crafted shadow boxes from scratch with wildlife and whimsical touches. These were displayed in the cases of libraries in Dennis, Falmouth and Bourne.
An Enterprise reporter writing about the artwork on display at Falmouth Public Library in May 1994 interviewed Mr. Zavorskas while he was arranging pieces for the woodcarving exhibit. She found out that he had been teaching woodcarving at Falmouth Senior Center for 20 years “with no reward other than the love of the art and his wish to share it.” One of his students, who was helping with the display, had been with the class for 15 years.
In addition to the countless hours he volunteered as an instructor, Mr. Zavorskas spent many other hours visiting residents at various nursing homes.
He was an accomplished cook and was proud of his Lithuanian heritage.
After suffering with obsessive-compulsive disorder for many years, Mr. Zavorskas found a doctor in Falmouth who cured him. Out of gratitude, he wrote stories and poems that would help to cure others and attended group meetings for years to lend support to those coping with the disorder.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his first cousins Bob Zavorskas of Orleans, Tom Zavorskas of Brooklyn, Connecticut, Donald Zavorskas of Clinton, and Barbara Kalbach of Harwich; several nieces and nephews, Julie Mollica of East Sandwich, Casey Scribner of Hull, John Scribner of Norwell, Elliot and Nicole Scribner of Boulder, Colorado; and additional family members.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, February 23, from 1 to 4 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Highway.
A private burial will be on Monday, February 24, at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.