Floyd A. Gudanowski

Born: Mon., Jan. 15, 1923
Died: Tue., Apr. 21, 2020

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Whitinsville- Floyd A. Gudanowski, 97, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 21st in hospice care at Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge. He had been in declining health for some time. He was husband of the late Mary J. (Grabiec) Gudanowski who passed in 2018.

Floyd leaves his daughter, Beverly, and son-in-law Dean Huggins of Uxbridge, his beloved grand-daughter Anna Huggins, his niece Carol Makowski of Providence, his nephew Dennis Makowski of Blackstone, nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Born in Whitinsville on January 15, 1923, at his parent’s home on Thurston Avenue, Whitinsville, he was the son of Anthony and Anna (Malis) Gudanowski. He lived in the same house all his life until 2018 when he moved to Beaumont Nursing Home due to a medical condition.  He was predeceased by his sisters, Wanda Osiecki and Tillie Kaczor, and nephews, James Osiecki and Robert Kaczor.

Floyd graduated from Northbridge High School in 1941 where he was a stand-out athlete playing both baseball and football. He scored the winning touchdown in the Thanksgiving game against Millbury in 1939. In 1994, he was inducted into Sports Hall of Fame at Northbridge High School.

During World War II, he served as a Torpedoman in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre, including the Phillipines and Mariannas Islands. Serving under Lt. Fitzgerald from Boston, Floyd and his team followed PT boats, but he most loved serving on aircraft carriers and watching the attack planes take off and land on that narrow, floating, carrier air deck. During a short shore leave, he met his beloved wife, Mary, at Nipmuc Ballroom in Mendon, and presented her with an engagement ring before he returned to the Pacific for the duration of the war. They married in 1947.

Floyd played baseball for the Whitin Machine Works league in the early 1950's and later coached the "Red Sox" team for the Whitinsville Little League. During his working career Floyd was an erector in the Research Division with Whitin Machine Works and later a Repair Parts Salesman for Whitin Machine Works, travelling to mills from Canada to Pennsylvania. After retirement, he served as a school bus driver for many Blackstone Valley school systems, retiring at the age of 87.

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Brenda Turner
   Posted Thu April 23, 2020
It was my honor an privilege to have cared for Floyd.

Barbara Plitouke
   Posted Thu April 23, 2020
Bev, Bob & I are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He had a pretty amazing life and you can surely be very proud of him. Though we were neighbors for years we mostly got to know him when he coached Tony in Little League. Now he is back reunited with your Mom. Our deepest sympathies to you, Dean & Anna. We have you in our prayers.

Maria Laverty
   Posted Thu April 23, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Floyd was my patient for many years and of course Mary came to every visit too. I never knew he led such an interesting life. Floyd was tough. Fantastic he made it to 97!

Leo C. Asadoorian
   Posted Thu April 23, 2020
I have great memories playing for Coach G's teams back in 1964 and 65. He made baseball fun, as well as a learning experience. He was a good man and always remembered him fondly all these years.

Anthony Plitouke
   Posted Fri April 24, 2020
Bev, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dad. I will keep you in my prayers.

Susan Franz
   Posted Sun April 26, 2020
So truly sorry to hear of your loss.

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