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Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY

OBITUARY

Edward Grudowski

November 28, 1929February 12, 2019

Edward John "Mr. G" Grudowski of Parishville, NY died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, February 12, 2019 at the age of 89. Born in Philadelphia, PA November 28, 1929 he was the oldest of three boys. His mother, Helen, was a homemaker and his father John, was a conductor of the Philadelphia Philharmonic. He grew up in Philly with his first language being Polish. After graduating high school from Kanty Preparatory School in Erie, PA, he studied in seminary school for seven years to become a priest. That is, until he fell in love with Dorothy Sparks. They were married in 1957 and he adopted her two children, Debbie and John as his own. He and Dorothy went on to have five children themselves: Francis, Victoria, Christopher, Robert and Barbara. He Graduated from Clarkson University with a Masters in Chemistry and Education and went on to teach high school science and chemistry at Lisbon Central School, retiring in 1991. He had a passion for teaching and loved his students and his job. While being a teacher, he and his family ran Windmere Kennels in Parishville. At the same time they raised Samoyeds and had a dog sled team. He loved the animals. During the summers he would tend a huge garden so we always had fresh vegetables all year round. He had the patience of a saint especially when it came time to teach all these kids to drive. Needless to say he was a devout Catholic and Father. As busy as he was, he always made time for his children. Whether it was being driven around to this event or that, or just going up to the local high school field to fly planes, shoot off rockets and take pictures. He was an Eagle Scout and an active member of the Civil Air Patrol. Edward loved bringing his family to the airport to check out the planes and going to local air shows. After his wife passed in 2017, he lived with his son, Christopher and his family in Potsdam where he was loved and well taken care of. He then moved permanently to live with his daughter, Victoria and her family in Redwood (Alexandria Bay) for the remainder of his life. He was always a joy to be around, cracking jokes and still the teacher until the day he died. He was predeceased by his parents John Edward and Helen Grudowski of Philadelphia, PA, one brother Donald Grudowski of Arizona, and his wife, Dorothy Jane with whom he shared fifty years of his life in Parishville. He is survived by one brother, Rev. Msgr. Robert Grudowski of Philadelphia, PA, Edward's two stepchildren Deborah and John, his five children, Francis (Dolores) of Arkansas, Victoria (Arthur) Frisina of Redwood, NY, Christopher (Paula) of Hannawa Falls, NY, Robert (Dogma) of Wells, ME and Barbara (Craig) Collier of Saranac Lake, NY, his grandchildren: Bryan, Sarah, Spencer, Aubrey and Jacob. Calling hours, a funeral mass and burial will be at a later date in the spring at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made in his honor to your local humane society. He was a kind, loving and patient man who will be dearly missed. Online condolences can be shared @www.garnerfh.com. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service.

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Chuck LaFaver

February 18, 2019

Mr. G.

My favorite science teacher, making the magnesium ignite under water, the sulphur burn and smell up the science lab, the little balls of mercury on the tray (sorry I dropped them...) Who in the Class of 79 remembers the commercial for Midway, the movie? I can still hear him shout "Jeepers Midway!!" when it came on in the middle of a science show. My greatest memories will always be with the Rocket Club. I know he put a lot of his own capital into it. We could I'll afford the rockets we wanted and he would supply us with them and all the engines, wadding and nose cones we needed. I went on later in life to teach rocketry to kids and, in honor of him, enjoyed making a replica of the clubs 4-rocket launch pad. The hours we spent after school chasing rockets... He was a patient, kind gentlemen that exuded all the qualities of a Godly man. A hard working true American. Great job Mr. G!! You did life well.

Karen Barrett

February 18, 2019

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. All of you will be in my thoughts during this sad time.

Connie (Cox ) Maguire

February 17, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He was a good neighbor and I remember him fondly as a child. In his later years, I talked to him often as the Town Clerk for Parishville,..he always had a kind word and I hope I was helpful when he needed me. He was a devoted husband to your Mom until she passed, putting her needs above his own health. Prayers to all the family...you were fortunate to have such a wonderful Dad.

Kathleen Fields Pierce

February 16, 2019

I might not have loved Chemistry, but I loved Mr. G! He was my teacher at LCS in the late 70's and such a sweet man. After reading his obituary it's makes you realize just how little you know of a person. May all your memories help you through this difficult time. RIP MR. G.

Buffy Gabri

February 16, 2019

Sending you my deepest heartfelt sympathy, thoughts, and prayers to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr. G was the best! I was not doing well in Chemistry so he told me that if I wrote a summary about each of the elements on the periodic table he who give me extra points to pass. Every couple nights I would take the encyclopedia and write, write, write! I wanted to pass his class so so so bad! I did with a 67 and to this day I can't stand the elements! brahahahahaa. Most fondest memory was the time that a fellow student and I caught the chem lab on fire because (not dong what we were suppose to) we thought we'd be smart and light the sulfur cubes!!!!!! Not a good idea ...alarms went off and the top floor of the school filed with yellow, nasty smelling smoke! Lone and behold Dear Mr. G was not happy with us! (That quarter I did NOT pass)! I know he has touched so many students and has had an influence on their lives in some way or another!!!!!!!!!!! RIP MR.G!!!!!!

Michael Binion

February 15, 2019

A FABULOUS teacher. He was a great person as well. So proud to have had him teach me Chemistry. So sorry for your loss.

Barbara (Grudowski) Collier

February 15, 2019

Thank you everyone for your sentiments. We were so fortunate to have him as our Dad! He would bring me to visit his school and to see how the students respected him was incredible. Chemistry , dang, what a tough subject. And so many people remember what a great teacher he was. Thank you from our family.

Jim Buckley

February 15, 2019

Mr. Grudowski made a very big impression on me as an accomplished science teacher in the early years of my own teaching career. He was always had very good answers and stories to share with a young teacher in a different school district. He was a truly genuine and personable human being. My own and my wife's condolences to his son Chris and his other family members.

Timothy Rivers

February 15, 2019

Mr G was a great teacher and man. Loved being in his classes in the 70's! Always had the greatest patience with all of us...Had to be a saint!! Had a ball with him in our after school rocket club. Fond memories!! RIP sir. You deserve it. God bless.

Mary Putney

February 15, 2019

I remember being in one year of science with Mr. Grudowski at Lisbon Central, and maybe a study hall or two. It was a pleasurable experience as he was always fair and understanding. That was a long time ago--the late 60's , but I recognized his photo right away. I am sorry for your loss and know that you will treasure the many memories that you all had with him in your family.
With prayers, Mary

FROM THE FAMILY