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John M. Platek

Born: Thu., Oct. 10, 1940
Died: Sat., Feb. 27, 2010

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John M. Platek PETERSHAM- John M. Platek, 69, of 28 South Street, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning, February 27, 2010 at home after being stricken ill. Born in Greenfield on October 10, 1940, he was a son of Michael and Cora Marteno Platek and grew up in Greenfield. John was married to Shirley Ballentine on June 1, 1996 and have enjoyed over 13 years together. A self employed painting contractor, John started Platek Painting in 1995 and retired in 2004. He previously worked for Couture Brothers Painting Contractors in Turners Falls for a number of years. Devoted to his family, he enjoyed fishing, tag sales, and traveling and at one time belonged to a motorcycle club. John was a member of AA as well as the NRA. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Platek of Petersham; sons, John Platek Jr. of California, Michael Platek and his companion, Nicki, of Heath, John V. Platek and Jason Platek, both of Greenfield; daughters, Debbie Platek of California, Lisa Gageon of Montague, Carol Smith and her husband, Brian, of Orange; step children, William Nawotny and his wife, Vicki, of Athol, James Nawotny and his companion, James Whiteside, of Pascoag, RI, Carl Nawotny and his companion, Heather Hayes, and Bonny Nawotny and her companion, Derrick Nichols, all of Athol; grandchildren, Eric Nawotny, Kayliegh Nawotny, Frank Nawotny, Shyanne Nawotny, Joshua Nawotny, Kris Smith, Kyle Smith, Steven Fagan, Susan McGuinness, and Emilee Hayes; great grandchildren, Koda and Koi; brothers, Robert Platek and his wife, Margaret, of Orange, George Platek and his wife, Sandy, and Paul Platek and his wife, Karen, all of Greenfield; sisters, Cheryl Ennis and her husband, Gordon, and Theresa Platek, all of Greenfield; many nephews, nieces, and friends; and his two dogs, "Chewy" and "Cesar". There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., at the Sisters of the Assumption, 211 North Main Street, Petersham, MA. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements. Guest book and directions are available online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com

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Jason Platek
   Posted Mon March 01, 2010
John was my father and I was his youngest son,Jason Platek, 36 years of age.I loved my father and was always proud to tell people that he was my dad. Most of my memories are that of a small boy going fishing and having my dad teach me how to shoot guns and how to servive out in the woods so if I were ever lost I could make it threw and find my way home to him.
I know my dad is in a peacfull place now. I was able to speak to my father last year and let him know that I love him that he was a good father.
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU DAD AND I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER,WHEN MY TIME COMES I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN,
LOVE YOUR SON JASON.

michael Platek
   Posted Mon March 01, 2010
BIG JOHN-he was my father,not only to me but my sister lisa platek and both my brothers jOHN m platek jr. and jason platek. He married gloria j platek in 1968,they were married for 19 years.My father injoyed fishing with us kids and was a member of NRA,and as kids we learned about firearms.He taught us to shootand the safty of guns.We lived in heath mass and injoyed living oldschool woodstove heat and farming.We raised pigs and cows,chickens and grew our own garden to harvest for winter.My father taught me alot about living as a child and i have taught my kids alot about living.My father was a well known man in franklin county, many people knew my father from his work painting america,but well known as big john in bars of franklin county.Not once have i ever seen my father back down to anyone not even police.I will keep painting america as my father has done being i am a painter to.John M Platek also had 4 grandchildren on the platek side,cassey platek of turners falls,Chandler platek 10, Logan platek 7 and Jenna platek 3 of heath mass.He is gone now and the pain is no more although he lived his last years with another family,I know he loved all his kids and grandchildren.We will miss him dearly but he will not be forgotten by all that loved him.I will carry the platek name with pride honner and respect so will my children. HAVE A SHOT FOR JOHN PLATEK! MICHAEL PLATEK michael.platek@ymail.com

Bob Hennessey
   Posted Wed March 03, 2010
So Long John.
Though I had not seen you in over 50 years My brother Jim and I still remember the poker games back in the mid 1950s when a bunch of us would gather at your house and play poker for cigarettes. By the time the game was over half the tobacco was gone from the cigarettes but we had fun.
RIP John
Bob Hernnessey

Carole Townsley
   Posted Thu March 04, 2010
Johnny, You were always Cheryl's big brother and also my fellow neigh- bor from Petersham. You will be missed sincerly.

lisa
   Posted Thu March 04, 2010
Miss you dad.....love you.
Your daughter
Loveyou.micheal,jason,johnny..my brothers....
to be continued......

Lisa

lisa
   Posted Thu March 04, 2010
Miss you dad.....love you.
Your daughter
Loveyou.micheal,jason,johnny..my brothers....
to be continued......

Lisa

Bob & Terry Bartak
   Posted Sat March 06, 2010
To brother George. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Bob & Terry Bartak

Andralyn
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
Knocked my socks off with knowledge!

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