OBITUARY: Paul H. Bjork, 78

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Paul H. Bjork, age 78, of Atkinson, NH and a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away on December 23, 2020.

Paul was born in Winchester, MA on June 11, 1942; he was the cherished son of the late David and Edith (Bellman) Bjork. Paul grew up in Arlington, MA, where he and his brothers – his lifelong best friends – had many adventures that they would recount in detail to their own children during family get-togethers and during the cherished father-and-sons golf weekends. Paul lived in Arlington until he married Kathryn.

At 19 years old, Paul began working as a mechanic’s helper for Payne Elevator company. He rose into management and became one of the top executives in the northeast division of Thyssen Elevator, an international firm based in Germany.

In the 1960’s and early 70’s, Paul was a fixture in the New England drag racing community. He won many trophies racing his ’63 Ford and his ’32 Roadster.

He married Kathryn (Ward) on January 15, 1966. Not only did he and Kathryn love each other with all their hearts every day they had together; they were truly best friends. Paul and Kathryn moved to Wilmington, MA in early 1975 and worked together to provide a safe, supportive, and loving home for their two children. They provided the perfect example of what an ideal marriage should look like.

Nothing was more important to Paul than his family. Despite the rigors of a demanding job, he never missed any of his children’s sporting events, dance recitals, etc. He coached his son’s hockey team for many years. On weekends, neighbors could often see him out in the yard with his children playing catch, building go-karts, enjoying the pool, etc. In 2001, Paul and Kathryn “downsized” to Atkinson, NH.

He played hockey in an adult league based out of Concord, MA for many years and was a longtime member, as was Kathryn, of Andover Country Club. Paul and Kathryn enjoyed many wonderful memories boating, golfing, traveling, and enjoying their many friends and family.

He adored his grandchildren who are left with a lifetime of countless fun and loving memories of their Pappa-Dad.

He was exceedingly smart, witty, gregarious, and selfless. It seemed that wherever he went, he would run into someone he knew, and he was loved by all. He provided an impeccable example of what an adult male should aspire to be. And for this, his children are eternally grateful.

Paul was the cherished husband of 55 years of Kathryn (Ward) Bjork, loving father of Karin Manchaca & her husband Keith McMahon of Salisbury and Stephen Bjork of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Jesse Manchaca, Cheyenne Bjork, Blake Bjork, Isaiah Bjork, and Kari Bjork, dear brother of David Bjork & his late wife Marcia of Natick and the late William Bjork and his surviving wife Margaret. Paul is survived by his sister-in-law Sheila (Ward) Chayes, as well as his beloved nieces and nephews – the late William Bjork, Donald Bjork, Helena Bjork, Barry Jacobs, David Jacobs, Steven Jacobs, and the late Benjamin Chayes.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 23rd from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. A Graveside Service will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.

In addition to scheduled services, Paul’s family will hold a memorial service to celebrate his life as soon as it is safe to gather in large groups.

Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.


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