Lester Sadowsky, 96, of Palm Beach, Fla., died June 15 at UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus. He was the husband of Joan (Ziegler) Sadowsky for 72 years. Born in Worcester, he was the son of Abraham and Sarah (Binomovitz) Sadowsky. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a radio gunner in Okinawa. Upon his return home, he went into the business that his father, Atlas Distributing in Worcester. He went to the University of Illinois on a baseball scholarship and was drafted by the Philadelphia Athletics. Called to serve in the U.S. Army, that duty took precedence. He played tennis, racquetball, squash and handball and was inducted into the Worcester Sports Hall of Fame. He was the president of Atlas Distributing, now in Auburn in Auburn. He was philanthropically involved in the Chamber of Commerce in Worcester, Temple Emanuel, The Ecotarium, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Assumption University and the United Way. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, John Sadowsky and his wife, Birgit of Charmey, Switzerland, Karen Sadowsky and her husband, Richard Kaufman, of Sturbridge, Laura Jane Sadowsky and her husband, Guy Bouchard, of Gaspe, Quebec, Canada, and Ken Sadowsky of Miami Beach, Fla; a brother, Harold, of Naples, Fla.; and three grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by two brothers, William Sadowsky of Longmeadow and Dr. Norman Sadowsky of Brookline; and two sisters, Ida (Teddy) Josephs, and Rose Segal both of Palm Beach, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made online at or mailed to: Office of Advancement UMass Medical School, 333 South St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545. RICHARD PERLMAN OF MILES FUNERAL HOME OF HOLDEN


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