Bartholomew A. Pavuk
Born in Jessup
on October 13, 1921, to the late John and Helen Micklick Pavuk, he went
to work early in life, picking huckleberries and delivering newspapers
to help his family through the Great Depression.
Sportswriter-friend John Steadman once wrote of him in a 1955 issue of Baseball Digest magazine, "You could never forget Bart Pavuk. He ran with a gliding stride, fielded with grace and ease, and threw strikes from right field." Not for baseball would he be remembered by decades of acquaintances who — from children to bishops — affectionately addressed him as Uncle Bart, but rather for the big smile, the roaring laugh, and the abundant warm heartedness he fielded on every visit.
During his retirement years, he was fond of visiting Lackawanna State Park. There he became a friend, a confidante and sometimes a therapist to good people who also went there for peace and comfort. On those occasions when he found himself sitting alone, many a crossword puzzle met its match in the hands of "Uncle Bart." People who spoke with him could see why.
Despite his penchant for finding good conversation everywhere, from waiting rooms to airport ticket lines, few could remember — because they never knew — the extent of his generosity. This was the one subject he never spoke about. Often frugal when it came to his own needs, his munificence toward others knew no bounds. It bears repeating that this extraordinary generosity was the real hallmark of his life.
He is survived by three brothers, Dr. Myron, Clarks Summit and Port St. Lucie; Michael, Crystal Lake; and Dr. Peter, Peckville; two sisters, Mary Reposh, Jessup; and Helen Telep, Clarks Summit and Saugus, MA; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was also preceded in death by five brothers, John Jr., Thomas, Dr. Daniel and infant brothers Andrew and Gregory.
Requiem services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, to be celebrated by the V. Rev. Mitred Archpriest John D. Sorochka. Interment, parish cemetery.
visit Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Harrison Funeral Home Inc., 374 N.
Main St, Archbald. Parastas will be at 7. and transfer to the church at
9. Memorial contributions may be made to St James Orthodox Mission Church
Building Fund 2201 Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.