Easygoing and fun loving, Paul Pozorski was a man who knew instinctively how to enjoy life. He found a place he loved – Milwaukee’s East Side – and spent his whole life there, surrounded by a vast network of friends and family. Paul was never happier than when socializing, and made friends easily whether he was strolling around the neighborhood, serving drinks at the bar, or enjoying a meal at a local restaurant. Paul’s friendly smile and upbeat personality brightened the lives and touched the hearts of many, and he will be deeply missed.
The 1950s were a decade of transition and prosperity in the United States, a time when the nation both recovered from World War II and became increasingly involved in the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Paul was born in the first year of this decade, a year also notable for the creation of the Peanuts comic strip, the development of the first pager, and the first use of a charge card. Paul’s proud parents, Arthur J. and Catherine C. (Brown) Pozorski, welcomed the newest member of their family into the world on July 10, 1950. Paul was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on Milwaukee’s East Side, the area that he would call home for his entire life.
Paul was the youngest in the family, and grew up playing with older siblings Norbert and Margaret (Peggy). Arthur supported his family by serving as Deputy Fire Chief of Milwaukee, while Catherine was a homemaker and worked various part-time jobs. The Pozorski family were members of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where Paul was baptized and confirmed. He also attended the Saints Peter and Paul grade school, where he was enrolled until the eighth grade.
Although Paul graduated from Messmer High School and attended some classes at Milwaukee Area Technical School, school was not his favorite place to be, and he couldn’t finish fast enough! He much preferred being outdoors, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. Most of all, however, Paul loved just being outside, appreciating the tranquility and grandeur of the natural world. Firmly entrenched in family legend is a story about Paul falling asleep while deer hunting. His uncle, discovering Paul out for the count, took his gun and crept away without waking him. Paul came back to the cabin and didn’t mention the fact that the gun missing until the next morning, when someone asked where his gun was!
For many years, Paul worked as a bartender at a selection of Milwaukee’s more well known restaurants. Although Paul might not remember your name, if he had served you at the bar, he would remember what you were drinking! In 2005, Paul was hired as a custodian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which was his current position. He also belonged to Three Holy Women Parish – Holy Rosary Church and Old St. Mary Church. Paul’s Catholic faith was a big part of his life, and he was very involved in church activities.
Paul’s heart was in the East Side of Milwaukee, and he never wanted to leave for long. A lifetime resident, the community of East Side became like a second family for Paul. He walked everywhere, and enjoyed socializing with all the people he knew along the Lake Michigan Shore and the East Side Neighborhood. Outgoing and sociable, Paul also enjoyed meeting up with friends at area restaurants and taverns. He was a real people person, and his family and friends were his life.
Fun loving, friendly, and happy-go-lucky, Paul was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his many friends and family members.
Paul Edward Pozorski died suddenly on January 24, 2013, at the age of 62. Paul’s family includes his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Pozorski; his nieces, Laurie, Jeanne and Carolyn; and other relatives and friends. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur J. and Catherine C. Pozorski (nee Brown); his brother, Norbert Pozorski; and his niece, Cathy.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 29, at Three Holy Women Parish – Holy Rosary Church (2011 N. Oakland Ave.) from 10 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Please visit Paul’s personal memory page at www.lifestorynet.com, where you can learn more about his life, share a favorite memory or photo, and sign the online guestbook.