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January 19, 1940 - July 23, 2021
Eugene W. Piela, Sr. 81, of Chicopee, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021 at his home with his family by his side. For 28 years, he worked as a test rig operator at Hamilton Sunstrand, now Collins Aerospace. After he retired, he worked at Big Y on St. James Ave. for 14 years. Gene was born on January 19, 1940 in Chicopee and was the son of the late Walter and Mildred (Kagan) Piela. He was a U. S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Coral Sea. Gene was a bowler and was a youth bowling coach. He also coached youth baseball, basketball and softball. Gene was a fan of the Red Sox and Patriots. He enjoyed spending time fishing at Lake George in Wales. Gene also liked his Koi fish pond, going to car shows, and the casino but especially being with his family and friends. Gene is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith, A. (Padden) Piela; a son, Eugene W. Piela, Jr. and his wife, Arlene; his daughter, Christine Adamczyk and her husband, Stanley, all of Chicopee; a brother, Francis of Indiana; four grandchildren, Alora Piela, Courtney Piela, Amanda Adamczyk and Nicholas Adamczyk. He is predeceased by his brother Frederick Piela. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 11 to 1 pm at the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 69 East St. in Chicopee Falls with a service at 12:30 pm. His burial will take place at 2 pm at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St. in Agawam. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 59 Bobola Road, Holyoke, MA 01040 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA. 01104.