TAMPA, Fla. — Adam Paziorko, age 84, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. He died peacefully in the arms of his Savior after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born on March 10, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Walter and Mabel (Porada) Paziorko. The family moved to Campbell Hall, N.Y., and purchased a dairy farm when Adam was seven years old. Adam developed his leadership skills as president of the Milky Ford Cooperative of the Future Farmers of America, and participated in many cattle showing and breeding events in Orange County. He graduated from Goshen High School in 1947. The family farm expanded until the family moved in 1956 to a larger farm in Conneaut, Ohio.
Adam’s passion was farming and the care of his cattle. He was a well-known dairy farmer in northeastern Ohio, and his farm was famous near and wide for its productivity and beauty. He devoted himself to the loving care of his animals and the efficient operation of his farm. He served as a mentor to Ohio State University animal husbandry students, who visited his farm for his innovative and highly effective agricultural practices.
Through his farming, he touched the lives of many—his employees, business people in the farming community, friends made, and neighbors. When Adam pursued an interest, he did so with intelligence and perseverance.
Over the course of his lifetime, his primary interests were studying and enjoying his Polish heritage and muskie fishing. When younger, he especially enjoyed dancing to Polish music throughout the Midwest and Northeast. He was an avid fisherman, and particularly pursued the elusive muskie, developing fishing techniques that netted many fish on the Conneaut Creek and the Ottawa River in Canada.
Above all, his deep and abiding love of God shaped Adam’s life. He was an active member of the Federated Church in East Springfield, Pa. He was an Elder for 12 years, and was involved in Men for Missions. His leadership and participation in the Bus Ministry was a joy and a window to the world of those, especially children, who had difficulty attending church. He and his wife, Barbara, also traveled extensively in the service of the Lord to many countries around the world: India, Haiti, Asia, Israel and Poland. These experiences were life-changing and furthered Adam’s desire to share the word of God and be a warrior for Christ. Adam was a man of deep faith, a man of God, and an inspiration to others until the day he died. He leaves a legacy of hard work, striving for perfection, deep love, and devotion to his family and his God.
Adam was married twice, and his second marriage was to the love of his life, Barbara, in 1960. He is survived by his wife Barbara; two daughters, Sharon (Hugh) Davis of Copake, N.Y., and Naomi Paziorko of Tampa, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Annesley (Stephen) Gersztoff and Rebecca Davis. He is also survived by many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10th, at the Federated Church, 11995 Main St., East Springfield, Pa., with the Rev. Wayne Augustine and the Rev. Dr. Edward Huntley, CO-officiating.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9th, at THE MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org/get-involved/donation.php?fr_id=2380) or to the Campus Crusade for Christ, Poland Field (www.cru.org). Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home and at the Church.
Please sign the guestbook at www.marcyfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.