It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our brother Felix "Prev" Przybyszewski, 67, of Leominster who passed away Thursday March 10th, 2022 at the Highlands in Fitchburg from complications of Stage IV COPD and Esophageal cancer which he battled for many years. We were fortunate to be with Felix during his last days and at the moment of his passing, encouraging him to let it all go.
Felix was born in Leominster on April 1, 1954 to the late Felix and Frances (Loughlin) Przybyszewski and lived in Leominster most of his life as well as CA for many years. In his youth, he was a boy scout, played little league, picked Apples at Fitzgerald’s Apple Orchard and delivered papers. He enjoyed our North Leominster neighborhood, building snow forts, riding go carts and minibikes, placing baseball cards on the spokes of his bicycle to make it sound cool, ice skating in the swamp in our backyard, participating in rotten apple fights, going to Whalom Park and T.A.G. dances. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1972.
Felix was a talented and gifted stone mason, taking great pride in the many natural stone, brick, block and concrete projects that he created locally as well as in CA, NH and ME. He started his masonry career with DiNardo Masonry and then worked independently for most of his working years. Many of these projects he did for his family and friends. He worked for Wachusett Precast towards the end of his career. He also was a bartender at the Elbow Lounge and Spencer’s in Leominster and briefly worked as a computer technician at Digital, Honeywell and Wang computer in his earlier years.
Felix enjoyed fishing, driving his car, listening to music, concerts, riding his motorcycle, doodling and creating sketches of his masonry projects, watching TV, playing the lottery, laughing, joking and spending time with family and friends. Felix enjoyed a good party, was quick witted and came up with the funniest perspectives on things.
Although Felix had many challenges, especially the past few years when illness dominated his life, he still maintained a strong will to live and appreciation for what life offered him at any given moment. In spite of his other serious health challenges, he miraculously became part of the 22% club of individuals with positive results from immunotherapy to fight his esophageal cancer. This therapy extended the quality of his life and his life itself by 18 months.
Felix is survived by his family which he loved very much and who loved him: brothers Joseph Preski and his wife Waw of Harper, TX, Philip Przybyszewski and his wife Donna of Merrimack, NH, John Przybyszewski and his wife Cyd of La Quinta, CA and his sisters Ellen Przybyszewski and Frances Przybyszewski of Leominster, MA. He is also survived by nieces Tasha Benson and her husband Dan of Rye, NH and Jen Przybyszewski of Vernon, CT as well as great nieces Darby and Lizzie Benson of Rye, NH and great nephew, Mac Johnson of Vernon, CT. Felix loved these kids and treasured time spent with them and he loved his dog Puck and & cats Keno & Dega. Felix also leaves close friends: Bobby Hachey, Joey Clermont, Dan and Mary Cantor, Mike Berube, and the Whalom Variety crew who supported Felix all the way to the end.
Felix is predeceased by his parents, Felix and Frances (Loughlin) Przybyszewski and close cousins Keith Loughlin, Gordon Loughlin and Timothy Loughlin.
We want to thank Dr. Castellanos and Anna from Mass Lung and Allergy, Dr. Gultawatvichai and the staffs of the Burbank Cancer Center, Leominster Health Alliance Hospital, the EMTs of the Leominster Fire Department, Better Home Health Services and the Highlands for the exceptional care and support provided to Felix and our family.
Although we will all miss you Felix, we are grateful that you are forever free from pain, finally at peace, have found happiness and living your dream. We know you are taking deep breathes of all that fresh heavenly air that surrounds you. Felix asked that when you hear the Zac Brown song “Toes”, you think of him.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Kate Sherwood Foundation, 8 Albion Ln, West Newbury, MA 01985. This Foundation seeks to identify and support students faced with adversity that prevents them from reaching their true potential. If this foundation had been available to Felix, perhaps he would have been able to truly realize that he too was a wonderful person and deserving of life’s greatest blessings.
Services and Celebration of Felix’s life will be held in June to allow all of his family and friends to be together for his goodbye. Please visit www.richardsonfuneralhome.net for more details.
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