Paul "Paulie" Joseph Dzikowski, 68, died peacefully on January 21, 2022, while visiting family on Oahu, Hawaii, after a courageous battle with progressive supranuclear palsy and cancer.
He was born and bred in Bayonne, where he would serve the community as the neighborhood auto mechanic for nearly 50 years, meet his future wife, Julia, and raise a family until they retired to Seattle, Washington, in 2018. Paul and Julia were the sole proprietors of "Ave A Auto, Inc." since 1984. The "station" hosted its regular coffee club every morning and at the close of every workday, the shop doors were always open to anyone wanting to join Paul and his regular crew of friends for a drink and chat.
Loved by many, Paul was dependable, hard-working, and honest and met his customers and everyone he knew with a smile and a cheery disposition. Always eager to help others, Paul was known to go above and beyond to help in any way he could. Paul lived a life of charity. As a dedicated parishioner of St. Mary's Star of the Sea church, Paul ran the kitchen during the week of their annual carnival for many years. He was also a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus.
Paul was an avid fisherman (former member of Townsend's Marina in Forked River and later the Atlas Yacht Club in Bayonne) and scuba diving enthusiast. Paul watched his children play ball, appreciated nature, and had a great love for all things food. He enjoyed classic rock, DIY home repairs, gardening, going to the beach, boating, crabbing, clamming, traveling with his family, and weekends 'down the shore' - but most of all, Paul cherished his time with his family.
Paul was born to the late Edward & Mary Dzikowski (née Fetch) and is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Julia C. (née Heaney); the devoted father of Erica, Caitlin and her husband Scott, Kenneth and his wife Magna, Stephen and his wife Tara, and Andrew and his partner Brandon; the proud grandfather of John Jin; and the happy "grandpaw" of Nanuka and Bruno. Paul is also survived by his younger brother, Michael Dzikowski, his mother-in-law Louise Heaney, sisters & brothers-in-law Diane Heaney (Brian Wern), Joseph Heaney Jr. (Deborah), William Heaney (Rose DeMarco), Linda Lojewski (and her late husband Anthony Lojewski), Michael Heaney (Daria) and Timothy Heaney (Nichole). He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Joseph Heaney Sr., his brother-in-law Patrick Heaney, and his niece, Jaime Lojewski. Paul will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and customers.
A Celebration of Life visitation will be held at Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home at 20 East 22nd Street, Bayonne, NJ, on Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. A prayer service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. by Fr. Andrew Prachar of the Church of the Little Flower of Berkeley Heights, NJ. The family kindly requests that you wear a face mask during visiting hours as we continue to navigate through the pandemic.
Memorial contributions may be made to www.psp.org.
Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the close of day
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,
Good friends, good times, my loved one’s touch
If my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart, rejoice with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.