Paul Malek SHOKAN-Paul Malek, “Dad”, passed away Saturday Oct. 27, 2012 at his residence. Celebrate! Do not despair! This marks the end of the 90 year accomplishment-filled life of one of the few exemplary souls this family has ever known who spent his entire existence attending to the needs of others, rather than himself ! He was born Dec. 13, 1921 in Little Falls, NY, son of the late Jan and Zuzanna Majtan Malek. In ways none can accurately catalogue, his life as a high school industrial arts, “shop”, teacher at Onteora High School, positively influencing hundreds of students for over 35 years, as a Sokol gymnast, a N.Y. Yankee-scouted catcher, a scratch golf pro, and above all, as a tireless advocate for the basic human spirit and potential, will outlive him. The youngest, and last surviving of five children of Czechoslovak immigrants from the turn of the last century, Dad was the only college graduate in his family, an NYU -certified teacher, Olive volunteer fireman, baseball and golf coach, Boy Scout leader, summertime swimming pool-builder, accomplished fly-fisherman, and natural stone jewelry maker. Dad had a good voice and loved to sing, and he could almost keep up to Mazie on the dance floor. Most of all, he was an endlessly giving human being. Dad was the sweetest, most caring, and the most dedicated human being this family has ever known. He always had a kind of twinkle in his eye, especially on telling one of his dry, OK corny, jokes. But the beam on Dad's face was never brighter than when all his family surrounded him, which is all it took to make him happy. It's hard in the end to calculate what people's lives have amounted to, but our family assures, this world was lucky to have had Dad….. We will miss him beyond words….. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Mazie Thomson Malek, daughter Sandra Malek of North Dartmouth, Mass., and son Paul Malek MD of Miami, Fla. He was predeceased by his siblings John, Steve, Ann, and Sam. A Service to Celebrate the Life of Paul will be held privately. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Olive Library, Olive Rescue Squad, or the Olive Fire Dept. Plans to honor and respect Paul's life are being arranged by the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St., Phoenicia. You may share a condolence with the family on Paul's Memorial Page at www.gormleyfuneralhom e.com
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Published in the Daily Freeman on Nov. 4, 2012