Theodore Zagaeski

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Theodore Francis Zagaeski of Lexington MA., April 6, 2014. He was 94. Born Tadeusz Franciszek Zagajewski, Quincy MA. Son of Wladyslaw Zagajewski (Walter Zagaeski) and Klementyna Olszewska of Okopy, Ukraine and Allston MA. Brother of the late Benjamin Zagaeski of Bridgewater MA and Louise (Polselli) Zagaeski of Allston MA. Husband to the late Victoria Mattera of Swampscott MA. Survived by his children Paul Zagaeski of Newton MA, Mark Zagaeski of Lexington MA, Peter Zagaeski of Rock Valley IA and Sterling MA, and Susan (Carroll) Zagaeski of Salem MA, by his ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and his long-time companion Elizabeth Murray. Ted grew up in Quincy, Dorchester, and Allston MA. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1937. Ted enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1942, was assigned to a field artillery unit, and served with distinction in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart in 1944, and received a field commission as Second Lieutenant in 1945 after the Battle of the Bulge. Ted remained in Germany with the Occupation Forces until October 1945. He was honorably discharged and attended Boston College, graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1950. Ted worked as an engineer for Baird Atomic of Cambridge MA, and for the Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center (later Materials Technology Lab) at the Watertown Arsenal in Watertown MA. Ted retired in 1982. Ted had aptitude for mathematics and for mechanical drawing, and was a diligent collector of facts, trivia, and potentially useful items. He enjoyed discoursing on a wide range of topics. He was a dedicated woodworker and carpenter, and always had a do-it-yourself project keeping him busy. Ted enjoyed sailing and made several Caribbean-to-Cape Cod voyages with friends. Ted enjoyed skiing and was an enthusiastic golfer well into his 80s. He was an avid bridge player, and also bowled in the Materials Technology Lab league until he was 93. He was devoted to classical music and attended many Boston Symphony and Pops concerts. He spent time tending to conservation of land he owned in Thetford and Strafford, VT. Ted was also a dedicated New England Patriots fan, and attended their first games when they were the Boston Patriots in 1960. Ted was adored by his aunt, uncle, and cousins, the Kenjeski family of Newton MA, and remained close to them all his life. Ted was curious, inquisitive, and charming, and had a sly sense of humor that delighted everyone he met. A memorial gathering to celebrate Ted's life will be held at a future date. Burial at Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy MA will be private. The family requests donations in Ted's memory to Homes for Our Troops, Taunton MA, www.hfotusa.org.

Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 8 to Apr. 15, 2014
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