Peter Paul Gojuk, Sr. 97, died of natural causes Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham after having lived a long and fruitful life.
He leaves his son and daughter in-law, John and Florence Gojuk of Wallingford, CT and his son, Father Peter Paul Gojuk, OMV of Milton, MA; his grandson, Jay Gojuk and his wife, Mary; great granddaughters, Jessica Gojuk and Caitlyn Gojuk; and his sisters, Pauline Romano, Caroline Rossi. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Frances (Avitabile), his siblings, Nick Gojuk, Mary Taft, and Anna O’Keefe.
Born and raised in New Haven, CT. of Polish, Ukranian immigrants, Ivan (John) Gojuk and Katrina (Katherine) Rybicka, he was a lifelong resident of New Haven and East Haven, CT.
His siblings tell the story of Peter, as a young boy during the Great Depression, going to the railway station early in the morning, before school. He would collect loose coals that had fallen from the trains, bringing them home to help keep his family warm. As a young man he was employed by the A.C. Gilbert Company of New Haven, CT. He later was employed by Turbine Components, which manufactured precision jet engine parts, until his retirement at 65 years old.
Mr. Gojuk was a family man whose passion was his wife and two sons. He loved caring for home and property, sharing in the domestic chores with his wife, and spending time with extended family. His ideal afternoon was spent sitting under his grape arbor with a bud light in hand and hot dogs on the grill while admiring the fruits of his labor – a well-manicured lawn.
He was very attentive to the needs of his younger brother, Nick, who was permanently disabled as a Marine in the battle of Iwo Jima during WW II. For thirteen years, prior to taking up residence at St. Patrick’s Manor in 2011, Peter devoted himself, with love and total selflessness, to caring for his ailing wife, Frances, in their East Haven home.
After the passing of his beloved wife of 68 years, Peter welcomed the support of the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirmed and took up residence at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA. During his stay of almost 8 years at St. Patrick’s Manor, Peter enjoyed the company of the friends he made there, attending daily Mass and spending time on the beautiful grounds and shrines. He was grateful for the skilled medical care, love and attention shown to him by the Carmelite Sisters and the staff.
He was a man of great faith, praying the rosary up until his passing while in the embrace of his son, Fr. Peter.
Family and friends will honor and remember Mr. Gojuk’s life by gathering for a time of visitation in Holy Family Chapel of St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central St., Framingham, on Saturday morning, February 17th beginning at 8:30 A.M. His Funeral Mass will follow in the Chapel at 10:00 A.M. Entombment with the Committal Service and Memorial Mass will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery Mausoleum in New Haven, CT. at 2PM that same day. Friends and family are invited to a reception to follow.