Paul Lawrence DeGrazia, born March 31st 1939, a lifetime resident of the Mont Clare neighborhood in Chicago, passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 25th 2022 surrounded by his devoted wife and family after long battle with Alzheimers at the age of 83.
Son of Lawrence & Bernadette (nee Glynn) DeGrazia, Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Marie (nee Andreoni), four children, Scott (Maribel), Jeff (Mary), Laura (Christopher) Timko, & Mark (Patty), nine grandchildren Eric (Donna), Kyle (Sierra), Nicholas, Colette, Audrey, John, C.J., Peyton & Matthew, great granddaughters Nora & Darcy, younger brother, John DeGrazia, brother-in-law Lido Andreoni and treasured uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Paul, aka Pops Racer, spent over 30 years with Reuben H. Donnelley as a mathematical and technology whiz back in the day when a computer encompassed the entirety of 24×24 foot space. Paul, a man of few words, was affectionately known as the ‘King of Zingers’. Rarely would he call you by your actual name as he adorned everyone with his favorite nicknames. He always knew how to draw a smile even when words were not as accessible more recently.
He was a fan of great comedy, enjoyed listening to his favorite musical artists, books on tape and old radio show programs and, of course, watching his beloved Hawks. A collector of hats, bags, and all sports paraphenelia, we always knew where to ‘borrow’ when we were in need.
Whatever room he was in is where the family party was popping. He was a tirelessly dedicated husband, father, and grandpa to his expanding family and lived to spend his time with them. He loved and cherished everyone of us and never let us forget it each time we connected. He will be sorely missed.
Visitation Services to be held on Friday, October 28th 4pm-8pm at Belmont Funeral Home 7120 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60634 and mass on Sat, October 29th 10am at 2600 N. Sayre Ave, Chicago, IL 60707
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimers Association are appreciated. We are so grateful for the the wonderful care he received from the healthcare providers at the First Community Hospital, Bethesda Nursing Care facility and Rainbow Hospice Caregivers at Resurrection Hospital the last few months of his life.