Paul Frank Wydra

Published on Monday, 20 June 2022 15:24


Paul Frank Wydra, 75, of Terryville, passed away at his home on Friday, June 17, 2022.  Born on Sept. 28, 1946 in Southington to the late Henry and Lillian (Zaczek) Wydra, Paul had been a long time Terryville resident.  He retired from New Departure Hyatt after 30 years of service and also worked at Wolcott Tire & Battery.  He was a lifelong roofer, carpenter and mechanic. He served in the U.S. Army and served active duty in the Vietnam War.

Paul leaves behind his daughter Karen Riemer and her husband Walter of Bristol, and his son Matthew Wydra and his wife Jennifer of Ashford; six grandchildren Ashleigh Wydra, Jourdon Wydra, Nadia Riemer, Natalia Riemer, Nicole Riemer, and Phoenix Megas; two great-grandchildren Isaiah Diaz and Gabriel Wydra; his special grandpup Lily; a brother Henry (Hank) Wydra of Burlington; a sister Gladys Janson of Glastonbury; several nieces and nephews; and several close friends and neighbors.  He was predeceased by his sisters Joan Delfino, Rosemary Forcier and Theresa Petrosky.

Paul was a wonderful father, grandfather, brother, friend and neighbor. He always took such joy in his family. He enjoyed vacationing with them every year in Wells Beach, ME. He was always proud to attend his grandchildren’s’ games, concerts, recitals and other activities. He helped his kids with numerous house projects and was always there to help get ready for a gathering or party. 

He was an extremely hard worker - always getting the job done.  He was a “jack of all trades” and “master of each one”. He worked hard all the way up until the day of his passing. He was always there whenever anyone needed a hand, whether it be his kids, grandkids, friends or neighbors. Every so often he would take a break to enjoy a round of golf. Paul will be missed by so many!

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Paul’s life at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Avenue in Bristol, on Thursday June 23rd from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 24th at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Avenue in Forestville, CT with burial, with military honors, immediately following the mass at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 139 S End Road, Southington, CT. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. 

Please visit Paul’s memorial website at

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Monday, 20 June 2022 15:24. Updated: Monday, 20 June 2022 15:27.