Francis Anthony Jurczyk, age 69 passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Fran was born on November 18, 1953 in Ware, son of the late John Anthony Jurczyk and Antonina V. "Tina" (Bujnevicie) Jurczyk. Fran was raised and educated in Gilbertville, and was a life long resident. He graduated from Quabbin Regional High School in 1971. Fran was employed for many years at Kanzaki Specialty Papers in Ware, until retiring a few years ago. On February 18, 1978 Fran entered into Holy Matrimony with Debra J. Trudeau in All Saints Church in Ware, they have been happily married for over 44 years. Fran was a devout member of St. Aloysius Church in Gilbertville all of his life. He served as a lector for many years, an altar server, and when the church lost their organist, he always led the 7:30 a.m. Mass in singing hymns, the last Mass being on the day he passed away.
His family often joked he had nine lives, like his mother did. He survived colon cancer 18 ½ years ago and again 10 years a recurrence. He suffered a cardiac arrest walking into the ER at MLH on Easter Sunday, 8 ½ years ago, at the right place and right timing to be resuscitated. He had a mantra he repeated over and over and shared with others going through trials, “With God by my side, I can do anything.”
After having major health issues, he chose to live his life to the fullest, taking nothing for granted, except that he thought he would always have more time. Fran was the best husband any man could be, supporting anything and everything his wife wanted to do. He was her rock of strength, the absolute love of her life. He adored his children and grandchildren and felt extremely blessed to have lived long enough to see his children married and know all his grandchildren. He said many times that his favorite times in life were when his family were together, just the 10 of them and one of his favorite times was their family trip to Disney in 2017. He also was very fond of all his nieces and nephews, especially the “great” ones, the third generation littles.
Fran traded in his golf clubs for a bike and became an avid cyclist, riding both mountain and road bikes, completing a metric century as well. He rode with the Ware River Wheelrabbits, a group of men he thought highly of. He thought nothing of doing 32 mile bike rides a couple times a week. He decided to purchase a Peloton bike to ride all winter, staying fit. He did his last Peloton ride where his family was able to see what time he started and what time he stopped. He died doing something he was passionate about. He spent many years growing up golfing at Dunroamin (now Hardwick Crossing Country Club). He had many friends and great memories there. He took up deer hunting just this year after 40 years of giving it up. He was picked in the lottery to hunt Prescott this year, but unfortunately won’t be there. Camping was another hobby he loved. He and his wife had many journeys together, cherishing their first cross northern country trip in 2021, seeing 13 states, spending a week in each. He also enjoyed traveling to distant places, and was fortunate enough to be able to see Ireland twice and Italy once. “Cisco” was always a competitor in everything he did, golfing, biking, cornhole, and his weekly winter pool nights at his brother Kenny’s. His motto was loud and proud, and many will attest to that.
He valued his friendships and had a wonderful group of very close friends that he and his wife spent time weekly with, going out to eat, weekly breakfast at Mason’s Grille after church, cook-outs, and traveling. Their last big trip with friends was to Hawaii in April, completing another state on their list. Fran leaves behind his loving family to grieve his sudden loss, his devoted wife, Debra J. (Trudeau) Jurczyk, loving children; daughter, Nicole Zajac and her husband Andy of Ware, his son, Kyle Jurczyk and his wife Shannon of South Windsor, CT, his loving grandchildren; Ashlyn Zajac, Zachary Zajac, Brody Jurczyk and Landon Jurczyk. Fran also leaves behind his surviving brothers, Kenneth Jurczyk and his wife Michelle of Ware, and Phillip Jurczyk and his wife Renee of Gilbertville, and his father-in-law, Robert F. Trudeau of Ware. Sadly, besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his brother, James Jurczyk in 2011, and his mother-in-law, Barbara J. (Finnerty) Trudeau in 2018.
Fran will be deeply missed by his wife and family, as well as, his many friends. He was truly a good man. Calling Hours for Fran will take place on Friday, December 9, 2022 from 5 - 8 PM in the Cebula Funeral Home Chapel, 66 South St., Ware, MA. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10 AM in St. Aloysius Church, 64 Church Street, Gilbertville, MA. Everyone will meet directly in the church on Saturday morning. Memorial Donations may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic School, P.O. Box 522, Gilbertville, MA 01031. For more information and online guest book, please visit: www.cebulafuneralhome.com .
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