Walter Formanski, 89, of Holyoke passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at his home. He was born and educated in Holyoke and was a longtime communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church. Walter was a twenty seven year Firefighter for the City of Holyoke, where he worked from June 23, 1963 until his retirement on January 8, 1990. He later enjoyed going to AKC and UKC dog events with his girls. A family man, (his family was life), Walter was predeceased by his wife of over forty years, Pauline (Panopoulos) Formanski. He is survived by his daughters, Christine Formanski of Holyoke and Barbara Laramie and her significant other Peter Styckiewicz of Granby; a grandson, Devin Laramie and his fiancÃ©e Kathryn of South Hadley and two great-grandchildren Jacob and Hannah. Walter was predeceased by three brothers and a sister. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, Pitroff Avenue, South Hadley. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Doberman Rescue DRU Inc., 52 Tenney Road, Sandown, NH 03873.
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