Paul D. Lapinski

19 juillet 194630 septembre 2020

Paul D. Lapinski, age 74, of Union Lake, passed away September 30, 2020. Left to cherish his memory are the love of his life, JoAnn Bolek; his children: Lori (Adam) Sparks, Mark Lapinski, Meg (John) Rudolph and Ame (Sekani) Maloney; and his grandchildren: Aydan, Avari, Gavin, Gabi, Jordan, Austin and Anaya. Paul was preceded in death by his parents: Julian and Rita Lapinski.

Paul was a teacher for over 40 years, primarily in the Wayne Westland School District. He shared his love of history and respect for all opinions with many.

Paul was an avid golfer and enjoyed his Friday mornings with the Butt Crack of Dawn guys as well as frequent golf trips up north with the guys. He and JoAnn enjoyed travel. They always played a round of golf, playing at 186 courses around the world.

Paul's family was always a priority be it watching sports together or driving his grandkids to practice or school. He cherished the time he spent with them and he was their go-to guy for matters big or small. His grandkids will cherish the memories with their Pip/Papa and appreciate what a role model of unconditional love he was to them.

In the future when groups can gather, Paul's family will host a Celebration of Life gathering. Donations in Paul's memory can be sent to Open Door Outreach Center in Waterford.

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Dan Clancy

6 novembre , 2020

My condolences to the Lapinski Family. I remember Paul fondly. As a seventh grader at St Scholastica in 1968-69, he truly inspired my lifelong love of history and sports. He cared about his students. And he made every class fun and interesting. There are always a handful of teachers you will never forget, and Mr Lapinski was one of those for me.

William Mooney

30 octobre , 2020

One of my favorite teachers of all time. Mr. L was my 7th and 8th grade history teacher at St. Scholastica in the early 70s. He wouldn't let me be lazy about my work and taught me how to be a much better student. Thank you, prayers to the family and rest in peace.

Mary Williams Atchison

30 octobre , 2020

To the family of Paul Lapinski - so sorry for your loss! Mr. Lapinski was my 7th grade teacher at St. Scholastica grade school in 1970-1971. He ignited my love of history - a flame that burns to this day - and has always been a fond memory for me. He was fun, firm but fair to all of us. So many memories being shared of him on Facebook. He was truly a gifted teacher!

Prayers and condolences
Mary Williams Atchison

Patricia Carpenter Hiemstra

30 octobre , 2020

I was so sad to see this, so truly sad. Mr. Lapinski came to St. Scholastica Grade School fresh out of college, I think about 1969. I was lucky enough to have him teach me history and unlucky enough to be on the wrong end of “Carpenter, that’s 15!” (If you had him, you know what that meant!)

I learned more than history from him. I learned how to take incredible lectures notes and to have a deep appreciation for how history affects us daily. I can honestly say he was the most effective teacher I ever had.

He could embarrass the heck out of you (easy to do to a seventh grade student) but you always knew it was all in jest and he had your back.

Sorry not sorry about all the times we put secret ingredients in your coffee! It was all in fun. Requiescat in pace.

Tom(Tucker) Isbell

19 octobre , 2020

I first met Paul in 1974 at Earl Keim Realty in Rosedale Park. It did not take long for us to become good friends. Going to Detroit Lions Football games, Playing softball, and most of all Golf. In 1980 we won our flight in the invitational at Meadowbrook Country Club. That was only the start of many tournaments together, we won our flight many times at Farmington Hills and at Walnut Creek Country Club. In 1988 we won the whole thing at WCCC. Paul was so proud as was I that he took the score sheet off the wall and took it home. If I remember right it read Isbell/Lapinski +12.( plus was good in that format). So many great memories! RIP my friend!

Jim (Chip) rose

19 octobre , 2020

I graduated from U of D High School with Paul in 1964. Paul loved history and was a good athlete. He enjoyed most sports and was on the bowling team. He was in the French Club and a good student in the classical program. I helped Paul coach high school baseball for a year or two and he did a great job with the kids. He took an interest in them personally as well as working with them to improve their skills.
I enjoyed Paul's friendship and regret that we lost touch over the years. I am very sorry for your loss.
Jim Rose

Michele Anderson

18 octobre , 2020

I worked with Paul at John Glenn. As the junior member of the department Paul took me in and looked after me like his daughter. I loved listening to his stories about his early years in education and Detroit. We shared a lot of laughs. He was a great story teller and friend.

Bob Votruba

18 octobre , 2020

I went to high school with Paul. I don't remember many of my classmates, but Paul I certainly do remember. He was a fine person and a pretty good basketball player. I'll miss him.

My condolences and prayers.

Tom Buckalew

18 octobre , 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Paul for several years at John Glenn High School. He was a valued member of our Social Studies Department and a friend. He was able to connect with his students in ways many of us only wished we could. And he loved golf!

Dennis Little

13 octobre , 2020

Mr. Lapinski was my junior high (back when we still called it that) French teacher for 3 years. One of my favorite teachers of all time, hands down. At one point, I was standing up in a relative’s wedding and was nervous about not knowing how to dance, so he set up one class period where the class could teach me to dance. He did things like that all the time, just going the extra mile for his students. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.