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Paul Holecek

Paul Otto Holecek, of Virginia Beach, VA formerly of Riverside, entered Eternal Life on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the age of 67 years. Paul was born on January 22,1950 to Otto Joseph Holecek and Margaret Ouska Holecek in Oak Park, Illinois. For many years, he proudly served His Country in the US Navy doing several tours in Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, performing mine assembly and submarine tracking, among other duties. He had a great sense of humor and could quickly come up with a joke for any occasion. As his health began to fail, Paul nonetheless spent his last few years helping other Navy veterans in need. Left to cherish his memory with much pride are his brother Thomas Holecek and his wife Sylvia Holecek; sister Hillary (Holecek) Richardson and her husband Mark Richardson; nieces, nephews, many cousins, and friends.
 A Memorial Mass with Military Honors to celebrate Paul’s life will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 126 Herrick Rd. Riverside on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM.
 Family and Friends are asked to meet directly at the church by 9:45am.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Veteran’s Administration in his honor. To make a donation to the fund, please visit www.tmcfunding.com.
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I met Paul when I was about 10 years old and he was about 7 or 8, and have kept in close contact with him for over 60 years. After hearing the shock of his passing, one week ago, I finally came to the point where I can say something logical, I hope. I finally am able to write down six words to describe him properly, and jotted them down on my napkin at the Remington Hotel in Manila, and hope I can expand on them properly and with appropriate dignity. Generosity Simplicity Kindness Cooperation Non-controversial Entertaining GENEROSITY: I have never seen Paul worried a single bit about what would happen to his assets if he exercised the free option to help another human being who needed it. He was a people pleaser without boundaries. SIMPLICITY: Paul was able to do something which nobody else, including me, seemed to do well enough, and that is, keep his life simple and uncomplicated, thereby buffering against many unexpected left hooks. Simplicity is a requirement for keeping life long and happy. KINDNESS: Paul was fully aware of the demons which seem to rule over our world, but had the ability to not let them interfere with his generosity or simplicity. In my recollection, he never spoke ill of anybody in over 60 years. COOPERATION: Never in 60 years did Paul fail to cooperate with me with a problem or a special project. NON-CONTROVERSIAL: I never once heard Paul take a stand that would hurt other people. ENTERTAINING: In the numerous times I hung out with Paul, the people at the places we left felt like they had been entertained by a classic comedy team. Do not ask if this was a life as worthwhile as it could have been, or if it was not following of the will of the God who gave it to him.

John Minarcik Jul 22 2017 6:34 PM