Calais & Seymour, CT – Paul Joseph Atkas III, 74, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Paul was born in Seymour, CT on December 9, 1946, son of Paul Atkas II and Veronica (Yanish) Atkas.
After graduating from Seymour High School, Class of 1964, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a jet mechanic, stationed with the Anti-Submarine Squadron Eleven. Following his service, Paul returned to Connecticut where he worked for Schiava Construction. On October 1, 1988, he married Sharon (Stanziale) Czajkowski. In 1989, Paul started his career with Pratt & Whitney, retiring in 2011. In 2020, Paul and Sharon moved to Calais. Paul loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, yardwork, gardening, traveling to Disney World, and was an avid NASCAR fan.
In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by two brothers, his twin John Atkas, and Ronald Atkas. Surviving are his beloved wife of 32 years, Sharon Atkas; three step-children, Frank Czajkowski IV and wife Lisa of Bethany, CT, Kim Hink-Gargano and husband Michael of Seymour, CT, and Jason Czajkowski and wife Jennifer of Calais; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Cee Cee Fassbender and husband Thomas of MA; brother Gene Atkas and wife Marilyn of Seymour, CT; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sean and Karen Stanziale of Stratford, CT, and Ronald Bassett and wife Virginia of Monroe, CT; many nieces and nephews; and his canine companion Buddy, and feline companion Billy.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, June 11th at Acadia National Cemetery in Jonesboro with military honors. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.