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Richard John "Cadillac Jack" Pawelski

Richard John "Cadillac Jack" Pawelski
  • November 16, 1939 - March 20, 2017
  • Pine Island & Florida, New York

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“Rich (Jack) and my brother Ed were classmates at Seward and that they both are deceased. Belated condolences to Chris and family. Wishing your...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Ted Walsh - Florida, NY - Friend

2 of 13 | Posted by: Barbara Van Wieren Vander VELDENLBVANDERVELDE - WA

“The family came into my life for were I worked. From that point forward we grew a great friendship. I'm going to miss my hugs from Richard so I told...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Deborah Ugrovics - Slate Hill, NY

“We are so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He always had a smile and an onion or fishing story for us! He was so kind to us and Milton's dad. We...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Milton and April Kapusta ie Cabbage - NC

“Dear Clare and family,We were very sorry to read of your brother Richard's passing.Our thoughts and sympathy are with all of your family for our loss. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Salvatore and Theresa Patella - NY

“Dear Grace and Family, We were so sorry we couldn't be with you to give our condolences in person but were out of the area this week. WE ae so...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Wendy and DAve Paffenroth - NY

“We want to send our love and prayers to all of you. Your family has a very special place in our hearts....we remember the love and appreciation...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Roger and Maureen Bates - CT

“Sorry for your loss, he was a great guy. We were very young when we met. He was in his last year of High School. You had a wonderful Dad and your mom...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Radulski Collins - NY

“Richard, we didn't have occasion to meet you personally but we knew you through your son Brian, who is for us a special friend, a brother. A big hug...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Maria Luisa Vecchio - Friend

“Chris, Sorry for your loss. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Kenneth Lifshitz - Glen Wild.

“Our condolences to the Pawelski family. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Liliana and Bill Green - CA

“My condolences to the family. Cherish all the memories. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Biastre - Bound Brook, NJ

“My deepest sympathy to the Pawelski family and especially my dear friend, Brian. May your hearts find peace during this most difficult time. I was...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Heather Long - Denver, CO

Richard John "Cadillac Jack" Pawelski, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 20. He was 77 years old.
Richard was born November 16, 1939 in Goshen. He was the son of John Pawelski and Elenora Madura Pawelski. He is survived by his loving wife Grace at home; his son Christopher and his wife Eve of Florida, NY; his son Brian of Montgomery; his daughter Jennifer Van Fleet of Goshen; grandsons Ryan Van Fleet, Caleb Pawelski and Jonah Pawelski all of Florida, NY; his sister Clare Popiel and her husband, John of Wallkill; and several nieces and nephews.

Richard was an active man his entire life. He was raised on the black dirt farm in the Pine Island region started in 1903 by his grandparents Franciszek Pawelski and Julianna Pawelski, Polish emigres to the U.S. As a young man he enjoyed being outdoors, trapping, hunting and fishing with his cousins and friends in the swamps and streams of Florida and Pine Island. He especially enjoyed ice fishing and made many friends over the years out on the ice of Wawayanda State Park Lake in N.J. And he always had "Just one more story" about the many fish he caught and the few big ones that got away.

Richard was also known to be a very hard working man farming right to the end. He was happiest on his farm working, whether it was fixing machinery, plowing fields, or just one more "tam e nazad" (Polish for there and back) pulling weeds in the fields on his hands and knees. He would work from sun up to sun down as he would always say, "There is always something to do on the farm."

Richard graduated from S.S. Seward Institute in Florida, N.Y. in 1958. In 1961 he joined the US Army and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany in the 24th Infantry Division. While there he took time to travel throughout Europe while on leave meeting people and making friends along the way. Upon his return home he went back to work with his father on the family farm. Then in 1964 at the Landmark Inn in Warwick he met the love of his life Grace Elaine Kurtz. They were married on October 16, 1965 and would faithfully remain together for the next 51 years, raising a family together on the little island off of Pulaski Highway.

Richard was a very spiritual man who was fond of sharing biblical passages and thoughts with his neighbors and friends. Richard firmly held the belief in a resurrection hope and a paradise earth where he would be reunited with family and friends.

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Visitation will be held from 4-8 on Friday March 24th at T.S. Purta Funeral Home in Florida, N.Y. 10921. A Memorial Service will be given 2:00PM Saturday March 25th at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 17 Ryerson Road, Warwick, N.Y. 10990.

The family would like to thank all the members of the community as well as congregation members and friends who provided so much support and care as Richard was in hospice care at home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or The Florida Fire Department, P.O. Box 600, Florida, N.Y. 10921.
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