OBITUARY

Paul S. Winiarski

February 28, 1953November 12, 2020

Paul S. Winiarski, 67, of Wethersfield, beloved husband of Ginette (Antolini) Winiarski, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Born in Hartford on February 28, 1953, he was the son of the late Stanley and Eleanor (Vogus) Winiarski. Paul was a proud graduate of South Catholic High School and Central Connecticut State University. He was the owner and operator of Stanley Oil Co., Inc. in Hartford, where together with his father he serviced generations of families like they were his own. He took great pride in responding to calls whenever customers needed him and fostering lifelong friendships with fellow servicemen in the industry. The greatest joys of Paul’s life revolved around the activities of his daughters, especially the time he spent coaching basketball and softball. He remembered each and every team, and would follow the sports and academic careers of all of his players and celebrated their continued success. Paul’s coaching days also introduced him to many fellow coaches, who he remained friends with long after the seasons ended. He would have loved watching his grandson Samuel play sports someday, and we know “Pa” will be there on the sidelines cheering him on. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Paul will be forever missed by his loving wife Ginette; his three daughters, Elizabeth Winiarski and husband James Ksiazek of Chicago, IL, Andrea Winiarski and Stephanie Winiarski, of Wethersfield and his adored grandson, Samuel Ksiazek. He is also survived by three sisters, Susan Winiarski of Hartford, Joan Davey and husband Rick of Eustis, FL and Donna Winiarski of East Windsor. Paul is also survived by his mother-in-law, Diana Antolini, and his brother-in-law Robert Antolini and his wife, Laurie, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. He was also predeceased by his father-in-law, Silvio Antolini. Paul took joy in the simple things in life. He worked hard and instilled that work ethic in his daughters. He enjoyed his early breakfast with his friends, an annual visit to Cape Cod, and any time spent with his family. Dad, you left us too soon. We will forever miss you, and think of you every day. In light of the ongoing pandemic, services will be private. A celebration of Paul’s life at the Church of the Incarnation will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Boy Scout Troop 105 of Hartford (in thanks for their many years of honoring veterans), Wethersfield Little League, 14 Dorchester Road, Wethersfield, CT 06109 or the Church of the Incarnation. To share a memory of Paul with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

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Tom zangari

November 22, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Winarski family. Many fond memories of Paul growing up in our old southwest Hartford neighborhood. May he rest in peace.

Marisa Montinieri

November 22, 2020

Dearest Ginette, Andrea, Liz, Stephanie and families. You are such a wonderful family and I was so saddened to learn of your loss. Paul (dad) was taken too early. I hope you carry the enormous memories of a dedicated dad & husband with you as you try to get through the time ahead without him. I will keep you in my prayers. Love, Marisa

Audrey Saharek

November 17, 2020

Dear Ginette, Elizabeth, Andrea & Stephanie:
The Saharek Family sends along healing prayers and love to you all. We have such fond memories of Paul from Church, Pine Acres, Highcrest and all over town. He was such a great guy and always asked us "How are the kiddos!!" Always thinking of others! So sorry for your loss. God bless! With love Audrey, Craig, Alex, Luke and Marguerite

Ken Zagaja

November 16, 2020

My condolences to the Winiarski family. Paul was an old friend from Hartford’s south end. May he rest in peace.

annie zebzda

November 16, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Paul's family. He was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. It was an honor and pleasure to know him. May he rest in peace and may God Bless his family.

Michael Romano

November 16, 2020

My condolences go to Paul's family and friends.

Paul and I shared a love of youth basketball, a love of coaching our own kids, and a love of eating breakfast at Bob's in RH.

Every time I saw him he'd call me over and chat up Hartford basketball history, his pride of South Catholic and the wonderful memories of spirited CYO and youth travel games.

His eyes would twinkle and he'd break into that famous engaging smile. Then he'd bring up great players from the 60's and 70's, 80's and 90's and remind me what they did and where they are now (which he remembered when I had just forgotten what I ordered for breakfast 5 minutes earlier).

I will miss those talks, and I hope I can keep from waiving toward the chair where he used to sit, while I push back a tear in his memory.

Paul was a wonderful guy and I'm sorry for the loss to his family, his friends and all of us who enjoyed his company.

Kathy Winiarski

November 16, 2020

To The Winiarski Family,
I was so deeply saddened to read of Paul’s passing. He was such a one of a kind human being. We met in our high school years and my brother Paul and I rented an apartment from him on Broad Street in Hartford at least 40 years ago. When my dad moved to Wethersfield I would occasionally run into Paul on my walks around the neighborhood and we could catch up. Whenever I ran into him, it was always such a treat that left me feeling great all day long. Always so happy, so engaging and full of life. My condolences to all of you and may your many memories help ease your sorrow in the days and weeks ahead. With prayers and condolences, Kathy Winiarski 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Timothy Quinn

November 16, 2020

I met Paul playing basketball at Forster Heights park in the late 60’s and have seen him over the years to say hello as I still live in the South end. He’d always hail me as I ran down Fairfield Avenue with a “hey Quinnie”. When I heard he died many memories came flooding back , but there was one in particular.
Paul was a really athletic kid. I remember one day at South Catholic Father Frascadore made an announcement over the intercom. Paul was going for the sit-up record in the gym and was up to 600. Well he finally quit when he reached 1000! A thousand situps!!! Half the school went down to the gym to cheer him on. I’ll never forget that or what a great neighborhood guy Paul was. Tim Quinn.

Connie Hutter

November 16, 2020

My dearest Ginette, Liz, Andrea, and Stephanie:
How fragile and vulnerable we are in our life journey. Paul was a kind hearted, gentle, and God loving person whose smile and greeting came from his loving heart.
Ginette and girls, sorry does not express our feeling for your loss; and yes he leaves this world too soon, With heart felt sympathy we hope your treasured memories will help you in your sadness.
Love and friendship,
Connie and Roland

Mike Carbray

November 15, 2020

Dear Ginette,
I was so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing
I have great memories of Paul when we were growing up in Forster Heights and our high school days at South
There was never a dull moment when I was in his company
He was a great friend who would do anything for you
Always smiling and telling stories
May God bless you and your family in your time of sorrow

Mike Carbray

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