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Paul P. Migacz, 88, passed away in his home in Green Valley, AZ on Saturday, April 12, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Esther; his sister, Arlene Heberlein; his four children: Rich (Nancy) Migacz, Paul Migacz Jr., Carol Migacz, and Barb (Paul) Riley; and six grandchildren: Brandon, Leah, Keith, Erik, Sarah and Danny. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Art Migacz, Joseph "Bud" Megacz; and sisters: Eleanor Hansen and Sylvia Siewert.

Born in Chicago; retired to Arizona, Paul was passionate about baseball and print journalism. He was able to pursue both loves through his career as a printer at The Polish Daily Zgoda, and as a freelance sports reporter (focusing primarily on baseball). He received an AA in journalism in 1984. His lifelong love of baseball included being a manager of North Elm Boys Baseball, a catcher for the Chicago Union Printer's Baseball League, and a catcher for the Arizona Rattlers "" where he played hardball into his 80s.

His nickname was "Blackie" due to his jet-black hair. Family gatherings were a highlight for him. When asked what the title of his autobiography would be, he always joked: "There Is Much to be Done." In later years it changed to "There Is Much More to be Done." His daily life was an example of this as he was always working on a task. He was also a superb Scrabble player and never met a crossword puzzle that he could not solve.

The family would like to thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.

Cremation has been held at Green Valley Mortuary & Cemetery. In keeping with Paul's wishes, there will be no memorial service or funeral.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Apr. 23, 2014
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