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Donald Arthur "Don" Dymski, age 87, of Erie, who resided at Sunrise Assisted Living, formerly of 254 East 5th St., passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Millcreek Community Hospital. Born June 27, 1926 in Erie, he was a son of the late Theodore E. and Louise Plucinski Dymski.
Don attended Strong Vincent High School, for one year, and then completed Tech High School in 1944. After serving in the US Navy
for two years, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1950, with a degree in electrical engineering. After various contract assignments in New York, Indiana and Ohio, Don worked as an aerospace engineer for Bell Aircraft, in Buffalo, from 1958-1964, and for General Electric, in Philadelphia, from 1965-1972. He then held various systems analyst positions before moving back to Erie in the early 1980s. He held several patents in the field of aerospace and medical technology, and played a key role in the Snap-27 project, which provided electrical power for the Apollo program's lunar surface experiments.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Therese Olszewski Dymski in 2005; an infant brother, Norbert; and his sister, Doris Kacprowicz.
Survivors include his children Diane Dymski of Erie, Gary Dymski and wife Silvana De Paula of Leeds, England and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mary Lou Dymski and husband David Boyce of Cambridge, Mass., and Theodore Dymski of Erie; grandchildren Jamaal Sawyer-Dymski, Naima Sawyer-Dymski, Tanya Dymski, and DeAndre Dymski; great-grandson Leon Dymski-David; brothers Robert Dymski of Erie and Terry Dymski of Baltimore, Md.; and sisters Christine "Sis" Brzozowski and husband Casey of Erie, and Anne Marie "Dolly" Pherigo and husband Lyn of Oceanside, Calif.
Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St., at Greengarden Boulevard, and are invited to attend a service there on Saturday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Michael DeMartinis officiating . Private interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank, 1507 Grimm Drive, Erie, PA 16501. Condolences and photos may be posted at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory
1595 West 38TH St.
Erie, PA 16508
Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 5, 2014