Paul Dabrowny, 89, owner and proprietor of the Algonquin Motel in Wells, NY, passed away on December 19, 2017, at the St. Johnsville Nursing and Rehab Center in St. Johnsville, NY.
He was born on June 4, 1928, in Llewellyn, PA to John and Apolonia (Olayer) Dabrowny. He graduated from Branch Township High School, Branch Township, PA in 1943 at the age of 15.
After high school, he found work at a time and in an area where jobs were scarce for young men. Anxious to join the service, he misstated his age and joined the Army at 17. He served as the Company Clerk for two companies in Munich, Germany and was honorably discharged in 1948.
After returning home, he moved to Philadelphia, PA and became a Machinist 1st Class and worked for several companies in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area over the years, including Franklin Sugar, Underwood Typewriter, RCA Camden, Campbell Soup Company, and Nabisco. He also ran his own machine shop for many years.
In the mid ’80s he made a career change, and became a mechanical designer using Auto-CAD.
In 2005 he started a new venture as the owner and proprietor of the Algonquin Motel in Wells, NY.
Paul married Hildegard (Hilda) Steidl in 1949. They were happily married for 45 years until her passing in 1994.
Paul was a member of the Bakery and Confectioners Workers Union from 1952 until his death. He was been a member of the Knights of Columbus in Mt. Holly, NJ. Paul attended St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Wells, NY and was a proud member of their choir.
Paul enjoyed traveling with his wife and family and had revisited Munich, Germany where he had met his wife and where he had been stationed. They traveled to Bratislava to see the area where his father was born. They also traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Paul was always interested in current events and the politics of his time. He was able, while stationed in Germany, to witness part of the Nurnberg Trials. He also saw Sen. John F. Kennedy give a campaign speech in Willingboro, NJ and went to both US-USSR summit meetings in Glassboro, NJ.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, John Dabrowny and Apolonia (Olayer) Dabrowny; his brothers, John and Steve Dabrowny; his sisters, Anne and Mary Dabrowny, and Helen Bernasz; and his niece, Joan Ostrowski.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen and her husband, Steve Stark; his grandchildren, Renee’ and Anthony Zaborowski; and his beloved great-grandson, LCpl. Jakob Anthony Zaborowski, USMC; his dear friend, Constance McGinnis. He is also survived by his sisters, Janet Susarchick, Olga Rosencavich, and Ethel Debartola; and nine nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are private.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial donations be made to St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 214, Speculator, NY 12164, and/or the Wells Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 550, Wells, NY 12190.
Condolences may be left on the Northville Funeral Home Website at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.