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PAUL GOTZY Paul L. Gotzy, 88, of Lansdale, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at his residence after a long illness. Born June 19, 1923, in Gyor, Hungary, he was the son of the late Gyula and Maria Gotzy. Mr. Gotzy had lived in the Lansdale area since April, 1957. In Hungary, he attended high school at the Czuczor Gergely Benedictine Catholic Academy. As a graduate of the vitez Nagybanyai Horthy Istvan Magyar Kiralyi Repulo Akademia (Royal Hungarian Air Force Academy), he fought in the Second World War as a Second Lieutenant. He was wounded and spent three years as a prisoner of war in Sverdlovsk, Siberia and returned to Hungary in late 1947. He was imprisoned by the Communist regime, and subsequently left Hungary with his wife and daughter after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, settling in Lansdale. He established Palco Precision Machine and Tool Co., Inc. in 1961 in Lansdale. He owned and operated it over 40 years. In the years that the shop was in operation, Mr. Gotzy never turned away those separated from their Hungarian homeland and mentored them so they were able to realize the American dream. He was one of the founding members of the Philadelphia and Vicinity Hungarian Sports Club (Magyar Tanya) established in Hereford, in 1961. Mr. Gotzy was one of a core group of private pilots in the Lansdale area for decades. He flew out of Montgomeryville Airport and later at Turner Airfield, ending his flying days at Perkiomen Field. In 1995 he received a knighthood and the rank of Lt. Colonel (Ret.) for his services during WWII from the Hungarian government. Mr. Gotzy was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lansdale. He is survived by his wife of over twenty years, Valeria Hajek Gotzy, his former wife and the mother of his children, Maria Gotzy, and his sister, Maria Szodfridt. He is also survived by his three children, Katalin Abraham and her husband, Paul, Tom Gotzy and his wife, Elizabeth Meszaros, and Krisztina Mack and her husband, Stanley E.; and his nine grandchildren, Nora, Katalin and Klara Abraham, Matthew and Melinda Gotzy, Tommy and Zach O'Neil, and Anthony and Ian Mack. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Irma Gotzy, Margit Muhl and Gyula Gotzy, and his granddaughter, Marta Abraham. Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday morning, May 5, between 9 and 11AM, at the Simcox-McIlvaine Funeral Home, 532 E. Main Street, Lansdale and to attend his Funeral Mass at 11:30AM the same day at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 428 S. Main Street in North Wales. Interment will be private. For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to the following: Bank of America, Hungarian Memorial Fund, 1234 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87501 for PEK, Politikai Eliteltek Kozossege (the Hungarian Organization of Political Prisoners).

Published in The Reporter on May 1, 2012
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