PAUL DUGA Jr.
1950 - 2020
BORN
1950
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street
Northampton, MA
Paul Duga, Jr., 69, passed away suddenly from natural causes on May 14, 2020 at his home in Hatfield, MA.

Paul was born in Hatfield on July 21, 1950 to the late Anna (Adams) Duga and Paul Duga, Sr. He was a life-long resident of the town, graduating from Smith Academy in 1968. Paul went on to college, graduating from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

As a young adult, Paul served his country in the U.S. Army, worked with his Dad as an iron worker, and was a welding instructor for the C.E.T.A. program. In 1978 he began working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the area of adaptive design, first at the former Belchertown State School and eventually retiring from the Northampton branch of the Department of Development's Adaptive Design Services. During this time, he created special wheelchairs and other equipment to improve the quality of life and mobility for disabled clients all over Western Massachusetts.

Paul had a great love for his family. As an only child, he developed deep and enduring connections with his first cousins on both the Duga and Adams sides of the family, many of whom were like brothers and sisters to him. His parents encouraged lots of "family gatherings" and, when they passed, Paul continued the tradition. Over the years there were many Duga cousin projects that were planned and executed; some with the "thrill of victory" and some with the "agony of defeat." All included lots of bonding and lots of laughs.

Paul was also a proud and active participant in his community of Hatfield. He drove wagon loads of friends around town for the Luminariums and created many a feast at his home afterwards. He was often found helping out local farmers and other neighbors, fixing their broken equipment. Paul was a skilled welder and fabricator as well as very creative designer. He had many interests and hobbies from down-hill skiing to water skiing on the Connecticut River; bike races down Killington Hill in Vermont and also was a student pilot of a small plane and was thrilled when he successfully soloed. A motorcycle enthusiast and owner, Paul enjoyed traveling across the country in 1981 to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. During his retirement he developed an interest in electric bicycles and worked for a while with a partner developing Quadrini - USA. Paul was a kind and generous man, always willing to share his friendship, knowledge and skills with whomever was in need.

Paul leaves his devoted partner and sweetheart Donna Moret of Hatfield. He also leaves a long line of first cousins: George Bucala, Jr. (Whately), Martin Zapka (Whately), David Zapka (Hatfield), Cheryl Bucala (South Deerfield), Dorothy Grabowski (Easthampton), Kristine Adams (Holliston), Russell Adams (So. Hadley), Samuel Adams (Northampton), Charles Adams (Springfield), Richard Adams (Florence), Jonathan Adams (Hanover), Donna Urban (Rocky Hill, CT), Deborah Romaniak (Farmington, NH), Cheri Colby (Lantana, FL), Michael Adams (Wethersfield, CT), Anne Whitelaw (Hume, VA), Beth Adams Keene (McLean, VA) and Sandra Yagmin. He was predeceased by Alan Zapka, John Paul Adams, Vincent Viturale, and George Adams. Paul leaves numerous other relatives, close friends and co-workers who will dearly miss his presence in their lives.

CZELUSNIAK FUNERAL HOME has been entrusted with the arrangements. The committal service will be private. There will be a Celebration of Life for Paul later in the summer or fall when Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to STAVROS, P.O. Box 2130, Amherst, MA, 01004 (www.stavros.org/donate) or to Dakin Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101 (www.dakinhumane.org).


Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 26, 2020.
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We are sorry to hear of his passing. His love of family and community will be remembered in the hearts of many.
Jeffrey Blecharczyk
Family
May 30, 2020
I worked side by side with Paul at Adaptive Design Services for 23 years, and witnessed his talents and compassion for others through the work that he was really devoted to, and the many friends and acquaintances that he helped along the way. He could tackle the largest building project or most intricate mechanism with equal enthusiasm and make even the most exhaustive project feel like fun. Paul was a teacher, and taught me how to weld, and get comfortable in the metalworking shop, that enabled my own success in the job. We collaborated on innumerable projects, and proved that two heads could get any job done well, while enjoying every minute of what other people call "work". When I retired and moved away, Paul would call occasionally, to reminisce and discuss new projects we were each working on... Paul was always working on something interesting. We had so many "inside" jokes in our heads, that often only the mention of one word would set us off in uncontrollable laughter. I'll miss him, The memories, the phone calls, the stories... life!
Richard Goldman
Friend
May 29, 2020
Mary Jane Mendyk (Abery). Long time neighbor and amazing man. He was always a very kind, courteous soul. Always helped my mom and dad (Helen and Mike Mendyk) when they needed it. Our parents traveled together as well. He had the kindest heart and Im so very sorry for everyones loss. My deepest sympathies to all who knew him and loved him. He will be missed. Now hes with Anna and Paul.
Mary Jane Mendyk (Abery)
Neighbor
May 28, 2020
So sorry to hear this news. I remember Paul with Linda Moynihan and all the good times we had together. He will surely be missed by all of us.
Donna and Bob Beane
Friend
May 28, 2020
Paul was a nice guy hand a lot of fun with him will miss
samuel adams
Family
May 28, 2020
Paul was one of the most talented and giving people Ive ever known. I grew up a few houses away and he was a great role model. Anything he put his mind to he could do and do well...and big. I learned a lot from him and Im proud to say I was a friend of his and his family.
John Filipek.
John Filipek
Friend
May 27, 2020
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