Paul Mazgaj, 58, died peacefully at his home with his family on March 20, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 2, 1961, in Lackawanna, N.Y., the son of Stanley and Dorothy Mazgaj.
Paul graduated from Frontier Central High School, Class of 1979. He then attended State University of New York, Buffalo, where he graduated cum laude with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1983. After working a few years as a registered nurse, he joined the Army and received his Masters of Health Science in 1988 and became a certified registered nurse anesthetist. He spent 10 years of active duty military service at several different posts, but most notably Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was part of the 82nd Airborne Division. He also served in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm. Missing the northern climate, Paul left his active duty military assignment, and moved to Maine in 1997, where he remained in a reserve unit until 2010 and was employed as a CRNA until 2016. It was there that he met his wife, Katrina. They married in 1999 and had three children, Ben, Abby and Caroline, who became the light of his life. His greatest passions were running and lobster fishing and he shared his love for these activities with his children. Aside from the love of his children, Paul will be best remembered by his acute sense of humor and ability to remember and tell a good joke.
He is survived by his wife, Katrina (Thompson) Mazgaj; his son Benjamin; daughters Caroline and Abigail; his brothers William Mazgaj, wife, Renee, and son Quinn of Hamburg, N.Y., and Mark Mazgaj, wife, Loretta, their sons Matthew and Eric, and their families of Lakewood, N.Y.; his sisters Kathy Mar and her children Tessie and Jackson of New York, and Elizabeth Rice, husband, Peter, and their children Daniel and Nicole of Williamsville, N.Y., and Jane Carlisle, husband, Terry, and their children Sara, Dakota and Dylan and their families from Tennessee. He is also survived by his father-in-law Earland Thompson and wife, Tina, along with several aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many special friends who were like family to him. He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Dorothy Mazgaj, as well as several aunts and uncles.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth and a Mass will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10 a.m. at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth. The family would like to thank Dr. Sheila Pascual and the Hospice team for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul’s name to the Down East Family YMCA, P.O. Box 25, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.