|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1959|
|Death: ||Jul. 9, 2012|
Paul Died From ALS.... Lou Gehrig's Disease
BRISTOL — Mr. Paul T. Szantyr, age 53, of Thomaston, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Village Green of Bristol Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of Angela (Zanett) Szantyr.
Mr. Szantyr was born on April 12, 1959, in Waterbury, son of Anthony and the late Jean (Parks) Szantyr. He was a graduate of Kaynor Technical High School and attended Central Connecticut State University. He worked as the department chairman of the Plumbing Department at Kaynor Technical School for 15 years. Prior to the onset of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), Paul was an avid sportsman. He worked for many years as a high school/college basketball referee and was the coach of the Kaynor Tech Tennis Team as well as the Kaynor Tech Cross-Country Team which won several vo-tech state championships. He was a 4th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and held several black belts in other forms of martial arts. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Washington Redskins fan.
In addition to his love of sports, he played guitar and had his pastel drawings exhibited locally. After his diagnosis in June 2000, he wrote a book based on his situation called "How Does a Red Sox Fan Get Lou Gehrig's Disease?"
In addition to his father, and his wife, Angela, of 30 years, Paul is survived by his brothers, M. David Szantyr and his wife Mary of Waterbury, Dennis Szantyr, Sr. of Prospect, and Michael Szantyr and his wife Bonnie of Greenbush, Maine. He also leaves his aunt, Terri Gratton of Waterbury, and his uncle, Fr. John Szantyr of Waterbury, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Szantyr.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012, at Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a service beginning at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Paul's name may be made to Animals for Life, 502 Heritage Village, #B, Southbury, CT 06488; or to Rose Hope Animal Refuge, c/o Petsmart, 475 Bank St., Waterbury, CT 06708.
For more information and online condolences, visit www.maioranofuneralhome.com.
Created by: Bettie
Record added: Jul 15, 2012
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