Paul F. Zaniewski

Born: Thu., Feb. 23, 1967
Died: Thu., Sep. 14, 2017

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Sep. 18, 2017
Location: St. Casimir Church

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries

Music by The Piano Brothers

Paul F. Zaniewski, 50, of Terryville, passed away Thursday September 14, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital Hartford.

Paul was born February 23, 1967 in Bristol, son of Laura Mae (Krayeski) Zaniewski of Terryville and the late Leo Zaniewski. Paul was a graduate of St Paul Catholic High School, class of '85.  Paul was owner and a karate instructor at the former East West Karate School, Terryville. He was a parishioner of St. Casimir Church, Terryville.

Besides his mother he is survived by a son Robert J. Zaniewski of Terryville, a daughter Julia R. Zaniewski of Terryville, his ex-wife Laura Dechaine of Terryville. He was predeaceased by his brothers Francis, Michael and Thomas Zaniewski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, 10:00AM at St. Casimir Church Terryville. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery Terryville. There are no calling hours.

  View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Karen Russo
   Posted Fri September 15, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the family. May you keep the wonderful memories close to your hearts.

Linda Goodwin
   Posted Sat September 16, 2017
Mrs, Zaniewski, Laura, Robert & Julia,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Carol and Gary Klimkoski
   Posted Sat September 16, 2017
Dear Laura Z. and family, Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. I pray your faith will help you through this trying time. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Carol and Gary Klimkoski

maryann/mark grodecki
   Posted Sat September 16, 2017
Dear family and friends of Paul,

Mark and I are very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I had Julia in my nursery school class and I remember him bringing her to school. Please know we keep you all in our hearts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,
Mark and Maryann Grodecki, SC

Carol Curtis
   Posted Sat September 16, 2017
I am so sad to hear of the passing of Paul. i will remember all in my prayers. He was a friend of my son, Rob. So young to leave this earth. Carol & Doug Curtis

linda @steve kloss
   Posted Sun September 17, 2017

Keven Daneen And Gia Shepard
   Posted Sun September 17, 2017
Mrs. Zaniewski and Family
So sorry for your loss , our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Rest in Peace....

Peter Beaulieu
   Posted Sun September 17, 2017
Paul you are a great man and will be deeply missed . I will always cherish our friendship may you R.I.P . My deepest sympathy to Laura and the kids and Mrs Zaniewski

Daniel Case
   Posted Sat September 23, 2017
Goodbye Paul. You will be sorely missed. I will always remember Paul as an exceptional martial artist, a devoted teacher and as a good friend. His passion for excellence, humility and hard-won talent all combined into one extraordinary character. The kind of character that influenced those around him in all the best ways. I will always remember Paul as the teacher who, with an uncommon mix of boyish enthusiasm and frightening toughness, made every lesson an adventure. Paul's influence over those he taught cannot be overstated. It is said that a good teacher can spread their lessons like ripples in a pond, with no way to tell how far those ripples reach. Because Paul trained instructors, his teachings, style and commitment to excellence, spread more than merely ripples in a pond, his influence spread to many ponds. My condolences to Paul's mother and children and to all who knew and loved him.

Mark Goodfield
   Posted Wed September 27, 2017
My condolences for your loss...all of our loss.Ill miss you my freind.You helped lead me in the right direction in life.Great teacher even better person

James Wojnarowski
   Posted Thu October 19, 2017
As one of Paul's students in Farmington many years ago I can assure his memory reaches far and wide as a great instructor and a good man. May you all know peace.

Julia Zaniewski
   Posted Wed October 25, 2017
I love you so much dad! In what little time we had together, you managed to become the most important person in my life and even though you are gone no one can replace you. I will always look up to you and hear your voice in my head everyday before I walk into school telling me to "Have a great day, kid! Do your best, I'll see you after school!" It has been one month and eleven days since you left, one month and 7 days before I last talked to you and told you I loved you; not a single day has passed when I don't think about you and start to cry. The day after you passed, I called your phone forgetting what had happened. I wanted to talk to you because i was sad beyond belief and you were the only person that I was and ever will be completely open with, not my mom, brother, or bestfriend. I could tell you anything and you would always support me no matter how stupid the things i said or thought were. Now, I can't talk to you or even know in the back of my mind that I am going to see you later. I haven't yet been able to delete your contact from my phone and I don't know if I ever will be ready to do that. I keep trying to turn things positive and work harder and be strong because I know you would want me to because you loved me. You always told me that and I never truly realized how much you did. Every single person at your funeral told me how much you loved me and talked about me, you were proud of me. You were my greatest supporter and now that feeling has left an empty space in my heart. I just wish I could hear your voice one more time, hug you, or even just see you one last time. Anyways, since you were always interested in my life and what I was doing I will tell you. I am keeping my grades up but they aren't to my standards. I really need to work harder but I can't find the motivation anymore. I got new colored lights in my room because the ones you bought me died out. I got into trap music which I know you would break my balls about, but don't worry I still listen to classic rock and I am slowly getting back into my obsession with The Beatles. Nothing else that matters has really happened so I guess I will end here.

Dog, cat, wombat,

Jason Haddon
   Posted Fri January 26, 2018
I only recently learned of Mr. Zaniewskis passing and words cannot describe how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I was a student of Paul's from the age of eleven until my late twenty's. We affectionately referred to him as Paul, Mr. Z, or just Sir.

Paul was not just my teacher, he was my role model, my mentor, and my friend. I learned more than kenpo on the mats at his school; I learned respect, humility, perseverance, and to always seek excellence in everything I do. He could get a smile out of you even on your worse day with a story about Mr. Parker, Huk, or the "old days". He will be missed. His memory will live on through his family and friends and the art he strived to perfect will be passed on by his students.

Paul, Mr. Z, Sir, Until we meet again....It was an honor.....Thank you