CONTOOCOOK – Ralph A. Golec Sr., 89, of Contoocook, died at his home Wednesday, August 6, 2014, with his devoted wife of 66 years Patricia (Sabins) Golec by his side. He was born in Bellows Falls, Vt. on November 1, 1924, to Polish immigrants Stanley and Mattie (Pietras) Golec . He was predeceased by his four brothers, Joseph, Peter, Bernard and Frank and his three sisters, Lillian Golec, Agnes Zielinski and Sophia McKenney.
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Ralph proudly served as a member of the 12th Armored Infantry Division of the U.S. Army and fought actively in France during World War II, as a Machine Gunner then driving an ambulance to and from the front lines. He was a recipient of The Bronze Star and the Vermont Distinguished Service medal among other service honors. He was an active member of the Contoocook American Legion Post 81 and the Contoocook VFW Post 11490 until illness curtailed his involvement.
Mr. Golec was an accomplished Master Craftsman as a Union Carpenter and, like most Vermonter's, excelled at many other trades in the interest of making a living to support his wife and five children. He leaves two daughters, Angela Carter of Concord, and her children, Jeremy, Tracy and Stephanie and Michele Crathern of North Conway, and her children, Justin, Brett and Cheryl as well as sons "Alex" Golec of Henniker, John S. Golec of Marco Island, Fla., his wife, Brenda and their children, Jake, Joseph and Jenna, and Michael L. Golec of Webster, and his children, Alivia, Mariah, Brandon and Camden. He also leaves six great-grandchildren. Mr. Golec had a well deserved reputation for being firm and fair. In his later years, his loving kindness was greatly appreciated by all of his family, many nieces, nephews and close friends whose company he thoroughly enjoyed.
Ralph's career was mainly spent working for The Army Corp of Engineers in Vermont and New Hampshire and he was the Flood Control Dam Operator of the Hopkinton Everett Reservoir until his retirement. Following his retirement, he remained occupied with many projects but was greatly involved in the research and development of designs to better harness water power from rivers and streams to efficiently and inexpensively generate electricity.
The family is extremely grateful for the exceptional care and consideration provided Ralph in his last years, but are especially grateful to his Cemetery in Boscawen, long time physician Dr. Lawrence and his staff, the Concord Hospital, the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, the Hopkinton Rescue Squad, and the Hopkinton Police Department.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to any of these organizations.
Services will be held Thursday, August 14, at 1 p.m. in The NH Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Boscawen.
Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Henniker is in charge of arrangements. For more log on to holtwoodburyfh.com.
Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home
3 Hall Avenue
Henniker, NH 03242
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 12, 2014