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POQUOSON - Paul R. Begansky, 78, died Monday, February 16, 2015 at Warwick Forest of Alzheimer's Disease. He is survived by his wife, Catharine; four children, Thresa Cochran, Jennifer Petot (deceased), Peter Begansky, and Paul Begansky II; and seven grandchildren, Catrina, Conner, Kelsie, Christopher, Caitlin, Sarah, and Travis. Paul grew up in Long Island, NY, one of nine foster children to the late Thresa and Peter Descov. After graduating High School Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 average, he attended the University of Maryland under an Ice Hockey and Academic Scholarship. Following graduation, and marriage to Kay, he joined the U. S. Air Force, serving 26 years with distinction, and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Paul is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and a Civil Action Unit Citation. Not finished with serving his country, he continued to support the Air Force for another 20 years in the Civil Service. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Air Force never left him, as friends and family will attest. He was a foundling of Cardinal Spellman's Orphanage in New York, NY. After retirement Paul continued to help his community, working with the Kiwanis Club of Poquoson, and tutoring 2nd and 3rd grade children in English and Mathematics. Services will be held Tuesday, March 3, 1:00 PM, at Saint Jerome Catholic Church, Newport News, by Father John Bayta. Interment will follow in the church columbarium, with Air Force honors. Catharine asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Society in lieu of flowers. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements. "Paul will be dearly missed by his family and friends."
Published in Daily Press on Feb. 21, 2015
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