Wilfrid J. Piekarski
“Wil” passed away on Sunday July 6, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Ill. On October 12, 1929 to Frank and Mae (Lilegden) Piekarski. He is predeceased by his brothers Robert and Frank, and sisters Joan and Bernadette. He moved to Nashua with his family in 1959. He married his One and Only true love, Marilyn, in Maywood, Ill. on June 25 1949.
He was a Marine veteran who helped in the design of the initial radar and laser systems used by the US Air Force. His training in the Marine Corp. stirred his interests in Engineering and he went on to work for Sanders Assoc. in Nashua for several years until he had an opportunity in the Automotive Business.
In the early 1960s he was a partner with Andy Sirois, owner of Andy’s Motor service, which was a Chrysler/Plymouth dealer on Lake Street in Nashua. Along with the dealership, he assisted in development of the AMMCO Transmission franchise. He was the first AAMCO franchisee in New England, owning 5 AAMCO Transmission shops. He eventually sold the AAMCO franchises and acquired 13 different Automotive New Car franchises and dealerships including Toyota, Volvo, Mercedes and Lotus.
Through years of hard work, and mortgage after mortgage and franchise after franchise, he led a loyal team of family members and employees through several successes and failures. For, only from failure comes true success, as he has proven.
Wil’s accomplishments are revered in the lives of his children: His eldest son, Mark, owns and operates Gate City Collision in Nashua and Dent Devils Collision in Merrimack. His 1st Daughter, Linda Lovering, owns Lovering Volvo in Nashua and has another Volvo dealership in Meredith and a Volvo /Mitsubishi dealership in Concord. His 2nd son, Chris, operates the Toyota dealership in Nashua. His 3rd son, Matt is an Independent Architect who has designed several prestigious homes all over New England. His youngest son and daughter, Jason and Judy, are twins. Judy works with Chris at the Toyota dealership in Nashua and Jason is an Independent Film Creator and Editor in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Wil is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
As a father, Wil truly inspired each and every one of his kids to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.
For this, Dad, we will always be thankful.
You were always Strong but not Rude, Kind but not Weak, Humble but not Timid, Proud but never Arrogant and had Humor without Folly. Truly a GREAT LEADER. You loved God and Family first, and made a commitment to yourself to never let your family go without opportunity. You were a mentor to providing opportunity for, not only your family, but for hundreds of people in the greater Nashua Community.
We are all better for having you in our lives and your spirit will live on in us all.
Services will be held: Calling hours will be held at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 216 East Dunstable Road, Nashua, Thursday morning at 11 o’clock. Family and friends are invited to attend and will gather at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Boys & Girls Club of Nashua and Milford or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneral.com