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Arthur Wilk


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Arthur Wilk

1927 - 2015 WILLIAMSTOWN Arthur Edward Wilk, 88, died Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Sugar Hill Assisted Living Facility in Dalton, Mass. He was born in Adams, Mass. on April 4, 1927, son of Justyn J. and Aniela (Kosierowska) Wilk. He attended Adams schools and Fitchburg State College. Art was employed for many years as the head of the automotive department at McCann Technical High School, where he was also the driver's education instructor. He was an avid fan of antique autos, and was the proud owner of a series of special vehicles that he painstak-ingly restored himself -- including a Model T Ford, a Model A Ford, a 1934 Packard, and a 1964 and 1/2 Mustang convertible. He accumulated dozens of trophies, plaques, bowls and platters awarded to his cars at shows throughout the region, and always enjoyed polishing up a vehicle for a local parade. Art was elected to the North Adams City Council for his first term in 1966, serving on most of the committees during his seven terms. He has always been interested in local history, and was strongly opposed to urban renewal; he fought against the decision to allow one side of the North Adams Main Street to be demolished to make room for new construction. During his retirement, he worked as a volunteer reader for Recording for the Blind, helped to guide tourists at the Williamstown Information Booth, and participated in the Hospital Auxiliary Wreath Project. He was a longtime communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church, and later, Saints Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown. Art was an avid handyman who spent many happy hours in his workshop. He was a self-trained carpenter, plumber, electrician, and mason, as well as being a master mechanic. Every house in the family boasts some signs of Art's craftsmanship. His wife was the former Angela M. (Lora) Wilk, who died on September 16, 2013. They were married on May 20, 1950. Survivors include his daughter, Dr. Patricia Lora Wilk of Williamstown, and his son, Dr. Arthur E. Wilk Jr., and his wife, Nancy Beal Wilk of Guilford, Conn. He also leaves four grandchildren, Ellen M. Ginman and Nancy L. Wilk of Boston, Mass., Matthew A. Flachsenhaar of New York City and Katherine L. Flachsenhaar of Morristown, N.J,; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was the last of his immediate family; three sisters and six brothers are deceased: Doree Marceau, Sophie George, Mildred Dean and Henry, John, Justyn, Stanley, Frank, and Theodore Wilk. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Arthur Wilk will be celebrated Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Sts. Patrick and Raphael Church. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Patrick's Food Pantry or the in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA 01247. To send a card or a message, please visit : www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 9, 2015
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