Obituaries

Paul G. Godzyk

March 30th, 2013

Paul G. Godzyk, age 94, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died March 29, 2013, after a lengthy period of declining health.  Paul was the beloved husband of the late Ruth M. (Evans) Godzyk, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage prior to her death in 2005.   Paul was the dear son of the late Harry and Julia (Klebasz) Godzyk of Wilmington.

Paul was born on February 22, 1919, in the family home in which he still resided; he was educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School.

In 1942, Paul enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater on a LC 1 (L) – 465 as a machinist in the engine room.  He was very involved in the attack on Guam and received several bronze stars for his service.  In 1944 he was transferred to the USS LST-220 until his honorable discharge in November of 1945.  Paul received many commendations for his service and he returned home to Wilmington.

Paul was a hard worker, he owned and operated Godzyk Trucking in Wilmington until his retirement.

Paul was the father of Paul Godzyk II, Pamela Lecesse, and Elizabeth Godzyk all of Wilmington, Paula Moisan and her husband Paul of Lowell, and the late Arthur Godzyk of Wilmington.  Grandfather of Casey and Nicholas Godzyk, Derek Moisan and his wife Becky, Jennifer Fredette and her husband Dan, Matthew Moisan, Cheryl and Jessica Lecesse, and great-grandfather of Emma, Jack, and Jayden.  Paul was predeceased by his two sisters Amelia Booth and Anna Clinton.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  In lieu of flowers donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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12 Entries in Guest Book for “Paul G. Godzyk”

  1. June says:

    I often had a cup of coffee and a stale donut ( after a zap in the microwave ) at the SC in the late afternoon with Paul …….. A happy man , full of stories who Loved Wilmngton……. It was a pleasure to know Paul…………..

  2. Charlie Williams, Jr. says:

    A neighbor of 70 years will be surely be missed.

  3. Joan Phillips says:

    Liz i am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Jean Caples says:

    So sorry for your loss Godzyk family. Thinking of you!!!

  5. The Nolette Family says:

    Paul may you rest in peace You were a great neighbor Now you are with your lovely wife again

  6. Richard Allen says:

    One of the nicest men I ever met…to Liz & the Godzyk family, my condolences.

  7. Phil Fenton says:

    Paul was one of the nicest guys in Wilmington. Always friendly and a genuine humane being. My deepest condolences to the Godzyk family. Your passing leaves a deep void.

  8. Larry Gallagher says:

    I grew up living next to the Godzyk’s and had the good fortune of growing up with the Godzyk children. I spent countless hours as a guest in the Godzyk home, sharing many, many meals including Paul’s famous end-of-week clean out the refrigerator “garbage soup”, which was anything but, and I’ve had the pleasure of hearing many of Paul’s stories. Paul Godzyk remains one of the hardest working and strongest men I have ever met. A war hero, independent businessman, a kind neighbor. In my eyes he was larger than life…a big barrel chest covering an equally huge heart. We should all be so fortunate to live such a full life.

  9. Jamie & Liane Caples says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Godzyk family! May he rest in peace!!

  10. Bob Zwahlen says:

    I remember Paul from back in the 60’s. My condolenses to Liz and the Godzyk Family.

  11. Cathy Hughson Norton says:

    My experience and fond memories of Mr. Godzyk are much like Larry Gallagher’s. Growing up in the neighborhood, I spent a lot of time with Liz in the family kitchen. Mr. Godzyk’s garbage soup was a little sophosicated at first for my very picky young palate, but I gave it a try and liked it…I think I’d really love a bowl of it now. Saturday night supper at my house always consisted of hot dogs and beans…I thought it was neat that Liz and her family had keilbasa and beans. I remember how highly my grandfather spoke of Mr. Godzyk, calling him a very honest and decent man. He always had a smile and a kind word to offer. My condolences to Liz, Paul, Pam, Paula and all the family. I think happily of Mr. Godzyk reuninted with his lovely wife and Artie. May they all rest in peace.

  12. Larz (Fred) Neilson says:

    Paul was one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve known He always had the best interests of the town at heart, and ran for selectman back in the 50’s . He often came up with innovative solutions for managing town affairs, although too many of his ideas were just cast aside. He ran a trash collection business for years, only to be almost put out of business when the town contracted the services to an out-of-town firm. Until just a few years ago, I never realized he had been awarded a Bronze Star (is it plural?) for valor in WWII. This puts him in an elite category of men who served their country bravely in wartime, and then came home to a modest life in their home town. A good friend, a great guy.

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