John William Resnik, 85, of Centerville died peacefully on February 10th, surrounded by family at Cape Cod Hospital. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Catherine Mary (McGuirk). Loving father of Rosemarie Resnik (Dr. Andy Uzpurvis) of Centerville; John W. Resnik Jr. (Alison) of Margate, Florida; Damian Resnik (Alicia) of Smith’s Parish, Bermuda. Beloved grandfather of Will, Jakob and Sam. He is survived by his brother James Resnik (Hollis) of Troy, NY and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Dolores McMahon.
Born in West Rutland, Vermont into a Polish immigrant family, he was the son of the late Jacob and Julia Resnik. Some of his fondest memories were spending summers with his grandparents Jacob and Mary Pawlusiak on their dairy farm in Vermont. In 1948 he graduated as a Cadet from LaSalle Institute, Troy, NY where he excelled in the Sciences. He took his talents and served his country as a Medic during the Korean War with the Navy, and was later assigned to the Marine Corp.
In 1954, he married the love of his life, Catherine Mary McGuirk. In 1958, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Union University, Albany College of Pharmacy. He worked as a Pharmacist for Eagles Drug store in Troy New York, prior to accepting a position with the Pharmaceutical Company Eli Lilly, where he worked for his entire career until retiring in 1992.
In 1969 he was transferred to the Boston area. The Resnik family moved to Westford, MA, where John and Catherine raised their three children. John was an active member of the community serving on countless committees for the Town and School departments. He was President of the Kiwanis Club and President of the Westford Academy Boosters Club. In 1983, he was transferred to Southeastern MA, and he and his wife moved to Centerville.
John was an avid reader and history buff. He loved cooking and enjoyed watching Boston sports teams. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and grandsons in Cape Cod, Florida and Bermuda; and having a house full of guests to entertain.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, MA. Immediately following the Mass there will be a Christian burial at St Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville.