Paul D. Lapinski

July 19, 1946September 30, 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.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Tom(Tucker) Isbell

October 19, 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

October 19, 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

October 18, 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

October 18, 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

October 18, 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

October 13, 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.

Jerry Poniatowski

October 6, 2020

I met Paul years ago at John Glenn and we hit it off immediately. We found much in common and commiserated frequently. Both of us being of Polish ancestry, we joked that we're probably cousins, and sometimes told the students that. I miss all the folks at Glenn, but especially Cousin Paul RIP my friend.


October 4, 2020

Paul and I started at Nankin Mills Junior high together in 1973 where we became good friends along with a very close staff. An excellent teacher and friend to students and staff alike. Always a smile and gave nick names to all (mine was Chopper 😊). Paul was loved by his students. We both retired in 2008. Rest in Peace my friend, you will be missed 🙏😪.

Sharon Kollar

October 3, 2020

Mr. Lapinski was my French teacher in middle school many moons ago. I remember his class vividly. Years later, I used his ideas from French class while teaching my own anatomy class. I hope his family finds peace. It sounds as if he led a very fulfilling life and will be remembered by many.

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