Paul Murray Broshek, 89, of Morris Township died Thursday November 6th after a long illness. Paul, born in West Orange, enjoyed 58 years of marriage to his wife, Isabel. They lived for many years in Madison, where they raised their four children.
Paul graduated from West Orange High School and remained an active alumnus, chairing his 50th and 60th high school reunions. He served in the United States Navy as a radio operator on a Destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, Paul attended Purdue University and graduated with Honors in Electrical Engineering. Paul was a dedicated professional and enjoyed a career with New Jersey Bell that spanned 34 years. He served as Director of several Network and Engineering organizations through the years, and retired in 1987.
Paul was an active member of the community, including his church, and served as an elder at the Madison Presbyterian Church. Paul had a lifelong love of music, singing with many choral groups, including the Madison and New Vernon Presbyterian churches and, during the summers of his retirement, Paul was an active vocalist in the Mid-Cape Chorus on Cape Cod. He was also a member of the Maplewood Glee Club for more than 50 years.
An avid sportsman, Paul enjoyed golf and bowling. He enthusiastically played softball well into his senior years with the Cape Cod Senior League. Paul enjoyed many happy retirement summers with Isabel and his extended family at their home in Chatham, Cape Cod. Throughout his retirement, Paul and Isabel shared their love of travel on excursions and adventures that included the National Parks of the Western US, many cruises and countries around the world.
Paul was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. In addition to Isabel, Paul is survived by his four children: daughter Carolyn Smith and her husband Shelby, son Peter Broshek and his wife Susan, daughter Jeanne Pelosi and her husband Michael, and daughter Ellen Heim and her husband Craig. Paul will be dearly missed by his nine grandchildren: Laura and Emily Smith; Katie and Kevin Broshek; Christopher, Stephen, and Joseph Pelosi; and Reed and Matthew Heim.
Visitation with the family will be Friday, November 14th from 2-5pm at the Bradley Funeral Home, 345 Main Street in Chatham. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 15th at 11am at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Twp, located at 240 Southern Blvd, Chatham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund for the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon, NJ or the charity of your choice.