BOYLSTON /GRAFTON, Mass. - Zigmont J. “Ziggy” Knapik, 92, died peacefully Oct. 7, 2012 with his family at his side after recent medical complications.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jane (Baranowski) Knapik; his devoted daughter Susan Brown and her companion Carl Saft of North Grafton. He was the proud grandfather of Timothy Brown of West Conshocken, PA and Jeffrey Brown and his wife Clare Moodie of Jamaica Plains and he was blessed with the birth of his great grandson Oliver Moodie Brown. He is also survived by his sister Anne Houde, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Josephine (Grzybowski) Knapik, also twin infant children; three sisters, Mary Misiaszek, Virginia Pawelczyk, Stacia Pryan, two brothers, Joseph and Felix Knapik.
Mr. Knapik was born July 4, 1920 in The Farnumsville Village of South Grafton, raised there before moving to North Grafton in 1955 and then to Boylston for nearly 40 years. Ziggy was a proud US Navy World War II veteran serving in The Asiatic Pacific and European African Theaters as a carpenter’s mate 2C and was awarded 2 Battle Stars. Mr. Knapik was a Master Carpenter working his entire life in construction mainly with A.P.Etre Builders of Shrewsbury who he considered his second family. He was also a master craftsman who loved his trade and was always building or fixing something for everyone.
Ziggy most loved the times spent with his family along with gardening, enjoying one of his best tomato crops this year. He was also a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. Mr. Knapik traveled to Florida for many winters along with several trips to Poland, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
Ziggy was a parishioner of St. Mary of The Hills Parish in Boylston and formerly of St. Mary’s Parish in North Grafton. He was a member of VFW Post 1497 in South Grafton and a founding member of The Polish National Home in South Grafton. He was also a dedicated Grafton resident serving on The Grafton Housing Authority and the building committees for The Maxwell Drive and Forest Lane housing for the elderly projects and the building committees for the former Grafton Sr./Jr. High School, now The Municipal Center and The North Grafton Elementary School, sharing his valuable knowledge of construction for each project.
The funeral will be Wednesday, Oct. 10 from The Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St. (Rt. 140 & 122) in North Grafton followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 17 Waterville St. (Rt. 30) in North Grafton. He will then be laid to rest with Military Honors in Fairview Cemetery in South Grafton. Calling hours are also Wednesday, Oct. 10tfrom 9:30 to 10:30 a.m .at the funeral home prior to the Funeral Mass.
The family suggests you honor and remember Ziggy with donations to Veterans Inc., MA Shelter for Veterans, 69 Grove St. Worcester MA 01605.
A condolence book may be signed and directions are available at www.roneyfuneralhome.com