Peter P. Nowak, 89, of Ludlow, passed away on Saturday, June 20 2020. The youngest of the 8 children of the late Frank and Anna (Przybycien) Nowak, he was born in Ludlow on August 3, 1930. Peter was a 1949 graduate of Cathedral High School. Peter served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He spent 9 months with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division with top secret clearances. As a photographer, he was transferred to the Signal Corps Engineering Labs to serve on the new equipment team. He traveled world wide demonstrating new equipment. He also participated in the Monte Carlo maneuvers in Germany. Peter was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and a Presidential Citation.
Upon discharge, Peter attended Eastern School of Photography in Boston. Upon graduation he worked at the Joseph Jay Studios, where he was assigned to take official portraits of CT. Governor Abraham Ribicoff. He then worked as Litho Supervisor for the former Diamond Match Co for 28 years, until its closing. Peter loved antiques and opened Tri Towne Collectables in Indian Orchard. He operated Tri Towne for 20 years. The shop was noted for its clock and Hummel collections and was named best antique shop in the Springfield area. Peter continued to be active as an area photographer working with the Ludlow Police Dept, Ludlow Register and Springfield newspapers.
An avid golfer, Peter was a member of Elmcrest Country Club for many years. He also enjoyed his annual trips to Myrtle Beach with friends. He loved all sports and was an avid Red Sox fan. He loved collecting, playing bingo and music. He was an active member of the Polish American Veterans Club for over 50 years and the Polish American Citizen’s Club in Ludlow. A devout communicant of Christ the King Church, he was a member of the Parish’s Men’s Guild. Peter’s friendly, outgoing personality was infectious. He made friends with everyone he met and enjoyed time spent with friends and family.
Peter is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Genevieve Gadziala Serwatka and his brothers Walter, Anthony, Paul, Victor and Joseph Nowak.
Peter’s family would like to thank the staff at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and Holyoke Medical Center for their dedicated service.
Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass for Peter, with Military Honors on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM in Christ the King Church, Warsaw Avenue, Ludlow, MA. Private burial will be in the Massachusetts Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Peter’s memory may be made to Christ the King Church, 41 Warsaw Ave., Ludlow, MA 01056, Parish use only. Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass for Peter, with Military Honors on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM in Christ the King Church, Warsaw Avenue, Ludlow, MA. Private burial will be in the Massachusetts Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA.
In lieu of flowers donations in Peter’s memory may be made to Christ the King Church, 41 Warsaw Ave., Ludlow, MA 01056, Parish use only.