Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Charles "Skip" Godfrey Paska, Jr.
b: 11/25/1942     d: 8/27/2010

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Skip Paska picture CHARLES PASKA
Charles Godfrey Paska, Jr., of Purcellville, Virginia, died August 27, 2010 at his residence.   Born on November 25, 1942 in Virginia he was the son of Charles and Mabel Paska.   Mr. Paska was a member of the Elks Club and the NAMBA (North American Model Boat Association).  He enjoyed fishing, motorcycles, boating and radio controlled planes and boats.  He is survived by his brother Terry Alden Paska of Purcellville, sister Penny Gardner Simpson of Arlington, Virginia; one nephew and two nieces.  Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice 333 West Code Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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We are getting older and more set in our ways, but two influences keep me alive: four years of management consulting has provided more learning and challenge than the prior 20 years combined, and motorcycle racing (cross country and motocross) has become all-consuming.   Missed an "old timers" national championship last year by one stinking point!

Letters from Skip's brother Terry Paska:
Dear friends, Some of you have been promised updates, some assumed things were going okay and others have been completely in the dark as to my brothers condition.  Apologies to all for the tardiness of this note.  If you didn't know, Charlie started having problems late last summer which he and his doctors attributed to his borrowed heart.  Installation of a pacemaker alleviated some issues but others remained. By winter it was determined there was a mass in Charlie's right temporal region that needed further investigation.   Charlie underwent surgery in December for a tumor that was later identified as a glioblastoma, a particularly nasty, fast growing and very terminal cancer.  Charlie underwent radiation and chemo therapy which both took their toll on him.  When the time rolled around for his annual trek to Montana, Charlie was really in no condition to travel and he arrived in pretty bad shape.  Charlie's condition continued to decline over the next few weeks and his sister and I decided with his consent that he would be better off in an area where he could receive continual care.  My wife is an R.N. so the obvious solution was to have Charlie (and his faithful companion, Bud) come to live with us in northern Virginia.  He would still be in a rural setting yet less than an hour away from a major Veteran's Administration center.  Thus began Charlie's last great adventure in late June.  It is with some sorrow but great gladness thst I report Charlie went to fly with angels around three o'clock this morning (August 27, 2010).  Godspeed brother.  You will be missed.  Be sure to say hi to Jesus and all the folks for us.

Greetings all and happy new year, I just wanted to let you know that Susie and I are taking Charlie on another road trip - this time back to Lake Havasu City for the NAMBA races on the weekend of 2/11-13/1911.   We will be arriving in LH on Friday and leaving Sunday.  Rosalie and Lonnie Straughan have graciously invited us to stay with them. We hope to have a little get together after the last race on Saturday and hold a little memorial for Charlie.  I hope you can attend.  We are looking forward to meeting some of the good folks whom my brother held in such high esteem.  For those of you who are wondering what became of Charlie's companion, Bud, rest assurred he is living the life of Riley with us in rural Loudoun County, Virginia.  When he's not napping, snuggling with one of us or entertaining the little girls next door (by far his favorite pasttime activities) Bud has a grand time chasing squirrels and defending his domain from any possible incursion of our alpaca, the neighbor's goat, the cows across the road and any number of pedestrians, bicyclists, joggers, horseback riders and the odd farmer on his tractor that happen to go down our country lane.  I think it's safe to say Bud has adjusted fairly well.  Hopefully, you too have come to grips with Charlie's passing.  We still miss you bro'.  Regards, Terry
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Greetings folks,  Susie and I are returning your friend Charlie to the Yaak River (Montana) on Wednesday, 9/22/2011.  The plan is to bury part of his remains there on Thursday.  Wendy has organized a celebration of Charlie's too short but jam packed life to be held at the Yaak River Tavern starting at 5:30 Friday evening.  We will be holding a family memorial on the Chesapeake Bay soon and hope to visit the good, especially for our return trip when we will be driving Charlie's truck back to Virginia.   Blessings, Terry

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