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James Drawec

James Lawrence Drawec

Monday, December 4th, 1944 - Friday, October 16th, 2020
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James Lawrence Drawec, 75 of Pittsfield, MA died Friday, October 16, 2020 at his home. He was born in Adams, MA on December 4, 1944 a son of the late Clarence D. and Sonia Ann (Bozek) Drawec. He attended schools in Adams and graduated from Adams High School and then received a Bachelor’s Degree from North Adams State College. He also obtained a master's degree in Geology in 1971 from SUNY Oneonta.
James taught science from 1966 to 1970 at Oneonta Elementary School before transferring to Lenox Public Schools retiring in 2003.
James was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Pittsfield. He enjoyed collecting antiques and attending auctions, flea markets and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. (Mahoney) Drawec whom he married on October 4, 1969; one brother, Donald C. Drawec, of Savoy, MA and nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews as well as a sister-in-law, Jean Akins and her husband, Gary. He was predeceased by his in-laws Daniel and Geraldine Mahoney and sister-in-law Rosemarie Drawec.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service for James Lawrence Drawec will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Pittsfield, MA on Tuesday October 27, 2020 at 1PM. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Morris Elementary School- Lenox Public School District in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME. 5 Elm St. Pittsfield, MA 01201. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Joseph's Cemetery
    222 Pecks Rd.
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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    Monsignor Michael Shershanovich


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Posted at 07:00am
Dear Patty and family, Peter and I were saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I have fond memories of Jim at Morris. Also, I enjoyed seeing you in our travels ; especially once when we saw you and Jim at a Rest Stop on the Mass Pike. Thinking of you Patty today!

James Macek

Posted at 09:18am
Don - Estella and I were saddened to hear the news. Had not seen Jim since we purchased the old MGB from him. We are in Lakeland Fl.

elayna collias

Posted at 07:35am
Plea accept my deepest condolences for your families loss.


Posted at 10:16am
Dear Patty, Donald and family,
I am so very sorry to learn about Jim’s passing. Not only were we colleagues in the Lenox Public School system, but we were neighbors in the SE section of Pittsfield. He was always so kind to pick up my teaching materials early in the a.m. if I had to call in sick and would bring papers home to me when the school day was done. Frequently we would see each other at the Highland restaurant and he would keep me updated about Patty. And he always asked about my husband, too. We shared that caregiver bond and a Polish heritage. I am so sad to lose this connection.
Sending prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. My sincere sympathy.
Fond memories,

Marion Vanasse

Posted at 09:16am
Dear Patty,
I am so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Jim helped me navigate my early years teaching fifth grade at the former Cameron School. He was a supportive and friendly colleague who always had the answer to my science questions. I have many fond memeories of our time teaching fifth grade together. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad and difficult time.
With my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy,
Marion Vanasse

Dick Noble Posted at 10:51am

Patty, So sorry and surprised to hear of Jim’s passing. Good memories of Jim at Cameron and Morris Schools. And, for some reason, I’m recalling his connection with you checking in on your teaching and being proud of you. Jim was a friend to all. Be well. Dick Noble

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