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Paul H. Bjork

January 18th, 2021

Paul H. Bjork, age 78, of Atkinson, NH and a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away on December 23, 2020.

Paul was born in Winchester, MA on June 11, 1942; he was the cherished son of the late David and Edith (Bellman) Bjork. Paul grew up in Arlington, MA, where he and his brothers – his lifelong best friends – had many adventures that they would recount in detail to their own children during family get-togethers and during the cherished father-and-sons golf weekends. Paul lived in Arlington until he married Kathryn.

At 19 years old, Paul began working as a mechanic’s helper for Payne Elevator company. He rose into management and became one of the top executives in the northeast division of Thyssen Elevator, an international firm based in Germany.

In the 1960’s and early 70’s, Paul was a fixture in the New England drag racing community. He won many trophies racing his ’63 Ford and his ’32 Roadster.

He married Kathryn (Ward) on January 15, 1966. Not only did he and Kathryn love each other with all their hearts every day they had together; they were truly best friends. Paul and Kathryn moved to Wilmington, MA in early 1975 and worked together to provide a safe, supportive, and loving home for their two children. They provided the perfect example of what an ideal marriage should look like.

Nothing was more important to Paul than his family. Despite the rigors of a demanding job, he never missed any of his children’s sporting events, dance recitals, etc. He coached his son’s hockey team for many years. On weekends, neighbors could often see him out in the yard with his children playing catch, building go-karts, enjoying the pool, etc. In 2001, Paul and Kathryn “downsized” to Atkinson, NH.

He played hockey in an adult league based out of Concord, MA for many years and was a longtime member, as was Kathryn, of Andover Country Club. Paul and Kathryn enjoyed many wonderful memories boating, golfing, traveling, and enjoying their many friends and family.

He adored his grandchildren who are left with a lifetime of countless fun and loving memories of their Pappa-Dad.

He was exceedingly smart, witty, gregarious, and selfless. It seemed that wherever he went, he would run into someone he knew, and he was loved by all. He provided an impeccable example of what an adult male should aspire to be. And for this, his children are eternally grateful.

Paul was the cherished husband of 55 years of Kathryn (Ward) Bjork, loving father of Karin Manchaca & her husband Keith McMahon of Salisbury and Stephen Bjork of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Jesse Manchaca, Cheyenne Bjork, Blake Bjork, Isaiah Bjork, and Kari Bjork, dear brother of David Bjork & his late wife Marcia of Natick and the late William Bjork and his surviving wife Margaret. Paul is survived by his sister-in-law Sheila (Ward) Chayes, as well as his beloved nieces and nephews – the late William Bjork, Donald Bjork, Helena Bjork, Barry Jacobs, David Jacobs, Steven Jacobs, and the late Benjamin Chayes.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 23rd from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. A Graveside Service will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.

In addition to scheduled services, Paul’s family will hold a memorial service to celebrate his life as soon as it is safe to gather in large groups.

Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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10 Entries in Guest Book for “Paul H. Bjork”

  1. Christine Kroken says:

    Stephen,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Christine Kroken

  2. Paul and Joan Camell says:

    We are so sorry that our dear friend Paul has passed away. We have many good memories of the times we spent with Paul and Kathi and will always remember Paul’s broad smile and devilish twinkle in his eyes. Golfing will never be quite the same without Paul in our foursome. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Peter Shaheen says:

    So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I got to know Paul at Andover Country Club and he was a true gentle man and great fun to be around.

    My deepest condolences to his family.

  4. Lorraine Butler says:

    He is resting in peace

  5. Frank West says:

    Steve- Karen and I offer our deepest sympathies on the passing of your dad. May God bless your family now and always! Karen and Frank West

  6. John Christopher says:

    Glad to say I had the pleasure of meeting Paul and playing golf with him at ACC. Always smiling and a happy person to be around. He made all of us better by his personality, outlook. and good nature. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

  7. Helen Corrigan, Michael Corrigan, says:

    Sorry for the your loss of your hero. Our condolences to your family.
    Thinking of you all with love and affection.

  8. Joan Phillips says:

    Steve. I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing!

  9. Mike Alcott says:

    STEVE
    My condolences, its never easy to lose a parent. My prayers are with you and your family.

  10. The Potter Family says:

    Paul was a very good friend of my fathers from back in the drag racing days. I remember him as a super friendly genuinely nice man. My condolences to the family at this difficult time.

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