Paul T. “Teddy” Skowera, 84, passed away Tuesday Sept 1, 2020 at Heritage Hall in Agawam. He was born in Springfield, MA on October 22, 1935 to the late Joseph and Anna (Beer) Skowera. He was a longtime resident of West Springfield. He attended West Springfield High School and graduated from Springfield Technical High School. Paul proudly served in the US Army. He enjoyed dancing and was a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. He worked in sales for many years, starting with Sherwood Forest and retired from Sears in 1997 as one of their top salesmen. Paul was a longtime member of the West Springfield Lions Club and a longtime communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. He founded and chaired the Open Pantry Golf Tournament which combined his love of golf and helping others. Paul was an avid Boston sports fan and enjoyed going to Spring training. He enjoyed travelling and family vacations. He will be remembered for his big heart and great sense of humor. He leaves his loving wife of 61 years Betty J. (Wright) Skowera, his sons, Keith and his wife Sharon Skowera of Enfield, CT, Joseph Skowera of Springfield and his daughter Lori Willis and her husband James of West Springfield, his grandchildren, Adam, Benjamin (Elizabeth), Matthew (Vanessa) Skowera, Kimberly and Michael Willis, and his great grandson Noah Skowera along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his many siblings. Calling Hours will be held Monday, September 7, 2020 from 1 to 4 PM at TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield Street, West Springfield. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Thomas Church, 47 Pine St., West Springfield. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery in West Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Parish Cupboard, 1023 Main Street, West Springfield, MA 01089.
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