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Henry J. "Nick" Runowicz

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Henry J. 'Nick' Runowicz
of Dracut, WWll Vet; 87

DRACUT, MA -- Henry J. "Nick" Runowicz, 87, died with his family at his side, Sunday, December 23rd, 2012, after a long, heroic battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Henry was the beloved husband of the late Lillian S. (Cuipa) Runowicz, to whom he was married for 56 years. Together, they raised their family in Dracut and attended St. Casimir's Church in Lowell.

He was born in Lowell on October 14, 1925, a son of Anelia and Joseph Runowicz. He received his education in Lowell schools and after graduating from Lowell High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Henry proudly served in the South Pacific theater during WWII where he came to love the sea. The family spent summer vacations at "the beach" and often enjoyed deep sea fishing with his brother Louis and his daughters.

For his over 35 year career, Henry worked as a butcher for First National Stores in Centralville and Wood Street where he relished providing delectable cuts of meat to his admiring regular customers. "Uncle Nicky" was famous for preparing his delicious meats for family and friends. His unique specialty were Easter roasts enjoyed especially by Doc John, Uncle Teddie and Auntie Zennie. Dad always loved preparing his incredible Polish holiday feasts for friends and family.

He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who loved his family more than anything. His tough exterior was always tempered by a warm smile and caring nature. He will be greatly missed.

Henry is survived by his two daughters, Beverly Runowicz of Dracut, and Susan Runowicz-Smith and her husband, JW Smith of Los Altos, CA; two grandchildren, Alexandra Smith of Los Altos, CA, and Nicholas Runowicz of Dracut; a brother, Edmond Runowicz and his wife, Laura of Southington, CT; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lillian, daughter, Shirley Runowicz, and his siblings, Zennie and Louis Runowicz, Angie Mason and her husband, the late Reginald Mason.

RUNOWICZ -- At Henry's request, there are no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at St. Casmir's Church in Lowell, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5th, then burial will follow at St. Casimir's Cemetery in Pelham, NH. Arrangements are under the direction of the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME 2159 Lakeview Ave, Dracut, MA. To leave an online condolence, story or message please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com
Published in Lowell Sun on Jan. 3, 2013
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