NORTHAMPTON - Paul John Krawczynski, 85, of Dickinson Street, Northampton, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born Sept. 18, 1928, in Northampton, he was the son of the late Konstanty and Anna (Marcinowski) Krawczynski. Paul was a lifetime resident and attended public schools in Northampton.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. After returning from the military, he drove for the LaFrance Trucking Company and then worked as a parts manager for more than 35 years at the Blyda Ford dealership in Northampton.
In his retirement, Paul took up his last profession as a newspaper carrier for the Daily Hampshire Gazette for many years. Paul was a self-taught "handyman extraordinaire" and was passionate about the many wood working, home, and automotive repair projects he completed over the years. He was known to be able to repair anything that was broken and assisted many family, friends and neighbors with his versatile skills.
He also enjoyed bingo and bowling and was a member of the Northampton Lodge of Elks.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley Ann (Dygon) Krawczynski; his son James Krawczynski and his wife LouAnn of Northampton, and his son John Krawczynski and his wife Tammy of Ellington, Conn., as well as his five grandchildren, Michael, Brian, Michelle, Mason and Noelle. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sisters Agnes (Cichaski), Cecilia, Alice (Saltis) and Wanda, and his brother Charlie.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Valentine Church, 127 King St., Northampton. Burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery will be in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Valentine Polish National Catholic Church, 127 King St., Northampton, MA 01060.
Czelusniak funeral home of Northampton is in charge.
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Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 1, 2014