Paul & Judy Petrocy

Signature HealthCare of Gulfport
Volunteerism Teacher Entertainer


Both Judy and Paul were raised in the Buffalo NY area. They met in they late 50’s at an anniversary celebration for the company where they were employed and married in 1960. They just celebrated their fifty-seventh anniversary in July 2017.

Paul’s life long love was music. He took accordion lessons and later taught himself to play the guitar. He was in several bands had his own radio show, made records, and played charity events. He currently plays guitar at St. Joseph’s Church.

Judy got him involved in taking a course in clowning, and he spent many years as Curley Dimples, a mute tramp clown. He marched in parades, entertained and children’s parties, and many charitable events. He also was in the Army Reserves for eight years.

Judy attended State University College for 2 years after high school but left feeling uncertain about being a teacher. She continues working for a utility company where she and Paul worked, but the rule at the time was you could only work 6 months into a pregnancy, and could not return after the baby was born.

Judy Loved to sew and knit, and dressmaking, and alterations, including bridesmaid dresses, along with teaching knitting quilting, and even judging the Erie County Fair needlework entry winners. Judy had an opportunity to take a temporary teaching assignment at a private school. She soon realized she loved teaching and began going to night school to finish her Bachelor’s Degree, while teaching second grade, teaching adult Ed. Two nights a week as well as taking college classes two nights a week to finish her degree, and go on to get her Master’s Degree as a reading specialist. He teaching expanded from Kindergarten to graduate level of college over 25 years.

Volunteering was always important to both of them. Judy was a Literacy volunteer, a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. Both Paul and Judy are volunteers at St. Anthony’s Hospital as Past oral Care volunteers. They look forward to Wednesday and find it very rewarding.

The light of their lives are their two daughters and four granddaughters. One family lives near Buffalo, and the other in North Carolina. Therefore, visits are sparse, and precious. Keeping in touch with FaceTime, email, texting, and telephone is a blessing.

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