, Salem, MA

January 15, 2014

Paul Bushek, 89

Cape Canaveral, FL — Paul Daniel Bushek, 89, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Thursday, January 9, surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born in Salem, Mass., to Herman and Gladys Bushek. He attended Salem schools, graduating from Salem High School, followed immediately by enlistment in the U.S. Navy. Paul served four years in the Navy aboard an L.S.T., participating in the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Paul was a Merchant Seaman for two years. Following his service to his country, he was accepted into the Massachusetts State Police Academy and graduated with the Class of 1948. After leaving the State Police as a motorcycle patrol officer, he worked at New England Power Co. in Salem, Mass., and retired after 32 years as a control room engineer.

After raising his family in Beverly, Mass., Paul and his wife retired to Cocoa Beach, Fla., and enjoyed many years of beach living with his family and friends, up until his passing.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Erma (McLean). Paul also leaves behind his four children, Jeffery Bushek and his wife, Pamela, of Coral Springs, Fla., Beverly Rivera, Heidi Johnson and her husband Hallet, all of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Lee Bushek of Rockledge, Fla. Paul is also survived by three grandchildren, Bianca Rivera Cappello (Charles), Paul Rivera, and Daniel Bushek; and two great-grandchildren, Gemma and Caleb. In addition to his immediate family, Paul leaves several nieces and nephews. Also mourning his loss is his beloved Schnauzer, Misty. Paul was predeceased by brothers John and Herman; and his sister, Mary "Sis" Melanson.

Paul has donated his body to medical science, and a private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the amazing staff at Holmes Regional Hospital Heart Center in Melbourne, Fla., for their extraordinary care and compassion.

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