Francis A. Gnatek ’73

Francis “Bud” Andrew Gnatek, 67 of Hadley, MA passed away on March 2, 2022 in Dover, VT. Bud was born on March 22, 1954 in Northampton, MA. The son of Edward and Joanna (Szych) Gnatek. He attended Hopkins Academy, Williston Northampton School, and Lehigh University, where he studied engineering and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Bud was a veteran of the United States Army and worked in engineering and management for Judd Wire for 33 years. He enjoyed rebuilding his 1962 Porsche 356, playing guitar, singing karaoke and running. Bud is survived by his wife, Gail Gnatek (Gilbertsen); children, Andrew Gnatek of Hadley, Daniel Gnatek (Cleo Zancope) of Easthampton, MA, and Katrina Gnatek (Georgi Evlogiev) of Berlin, Germany; grandchildren, August Gnatek and Griffen Gnatek; and siblings, Edward and James. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan Baj. Memorial donations in Bud’s memory may be made to Operation Homefront, The Nature Conservatory, or the charity of your choice c/o Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

2 thoughts on “Francis A. Gnatek ’73”

  1. I remember playing soccer with Bud. A gentleman and a wonderful person. My condolences to his family and I wish you peace and fondest of memories.

  2. Buddy and I had a band in high school. We practiced a lot and even played a few gigs. He was always fun to be with. I did my Willison senior project at a recording studio in NYC and Buddy came to the studio one weekend where we recorded three of our original compositions.
    I am saddened to learn of his passing and only have great memories of him. Rest in peace, my friend.

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