Timothy M. Padulsky

September 14, 2008

Timothy M. Padulsky

TIMOTHY M. PADULSKY – age 20, of Woburn, following a courageous struggle with leukemia. Beloved son of Robert A. and Mary E. (MacDonald) Padulsky of Woburn. Loving brother and best friend of Kristen, Stephen, and Michael, all of Woburn. Cherished grandson of Morton and Sandra (Young) Padulsky of Chelsea and the late Norman and Marion (Keane) MacDonald. Also survived by many dear aunts and uncles, including the DeVenne family of Medford, as well as numerous cousins and friends. A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, September 17th at 11 a.m. Calling hours at the funeral home are on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Timothy’s memory to the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Hematology-Oncology Clinic, 800 Washington Street, Box 231, Boston, MA 02111.


Timothy M. Padulsky, 20, of Woburn passed away early Sunday morning, September 14th, after a three-year battle with leukemia. He is the beloved son of Robert A. and Mary E. (MacDonald) Padulsky of Woburn and loving brother and best friend to his sister, Kristen and brothers, Stephen and Michael.

Tim was born in Malden and raised and educated in Woburn. He attended the Kennedy Middle School and graduated with the Class of 2005 from Woburn High School as Valedictorian. He was active in numerous leadership and service organizations during his high school years including Interact, a service club sponsored by the Woburn Rotary Club. He served as Vice President of the Intrepid Keystone Club, a high school leadership development and community service group based at the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, and was active in the Giving Camp, a program providing activities for people with physical and mental challenges. Tim was President of the National Honor Society while a student at Woburn High and served as a member of the Woburn Youth Council. Summers were spent working as a lifeguard with the Woburn Recreation Department.

Tim had begun a promising career path studying business at Boston College when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006. Despite ongoing treatments and two bone marrow transplants, one in which his sister Kristen was the donor, he never complained and always used his sense of humor to help others cope with his illness. In spite of his illness he continued to apply for new leadership programs at Boston College, even interviewing from his hospital bed. He served as President of the Rotaract Club at BC, a program sponsored by the Newton Rotary Club in which students organize and participate in volunteer projects that significantly improve people’s lives. He was selected for membership in the Emerging Leader Program, a one-year leadership development program for a select group of 50 first year college students designed to enhance leadership skills and potential.

Tim’s positive attitude and sense of humor were inspirational to his family and many friends, as well as his hospital caregivers. His family wishes to promote awareness of the ongoing need for blood platelet donations: http://www.newenglandblood.org/giving/apheresis.htm

Preceding him in death were his maternal grandparents, Norman and Marion (Keane) MacDonald of Somerville.

Along with his parents, Robert and Mary Padulsky of Woburn, he leaves his sister and brothers: Kristen, Stephen, and Michael, all of Woburn, and his paternal grandparents, Morton and Sandra (Young) Padulsky of Chelsea. Also surviving are many dear aunts and uncles, including the DeVenne family of Medford, as well as numerous cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, September 17th at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Tim’s memory to the Floating Children’s Cancer Center c/o Lawrence C. Wolfe, 800 Washington Street, Box 014, Boston, MA 02111.


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  1. Timothy, I can’t believe it’s been a year. I remember the first day you went to school and how much I missed you being gone for 6 hours. I got so excited when I saw you walking up the driveway at the end of the day. I’m waiting for you to walk up that driveway again if only in my Dreams. I love you so much and miss you more every day!

  2. Dear Mary, Robert and family,

    We are sending you our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss and wanted to let you know we are thinking of you all!

    Tricia and Donald
    North Carolina

  3. Dear Mary and Family

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and that Tim is in heaven playing video games and watching movies with David. They both will always be misssed but they are no longer having to fight anymore to survive and are pain free. I will not say that it is easy to get through it but you have each other to do it with and us if you need us. Please feel free to call me anytime or email me and I will give you my number.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Love Lisa, Dave & Adam Fuller

  4. The Moore Family
    Our deepest sympathy to all of your family.We had the privelage of knowing Tim through the Boys & Girls Club Swim Team. He was a wonderful young man and will be truly be missed. Heaven is rejoicing upon his arrival! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. I send my deepest sympathies to the Padulsky family in this time of mourning. All I can say is that Tim made such an impact on my life. I met him through the Boys and Girls Club swim team, and he was always there to lend a helping hand and give a tidbit of advice. The things that he taught me have stuck with me to this day. Thanks for all you have done. You will surely missed!

    Victoria Amico

  6. Dear Mary, Robert and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Tim’s passing. I’m sorry I found out to late to pay my respects in person. I would have liked to be there to support you during this difficult time. May the Lord’s peace carry you during this time when it’s impossible to do it yourselves. I’ll keep you in my prayers as you
    move through this time.

    My dear cousin Mary while I haven’t seen you in a while I love you always and I ache for the pain you feel as a mother.
    I’m so sorry love,
    Kathleen McEwen Morel

  7. Susan Keane Borst & Brian Borst
    Amanda & Andrew Borst

    Dear Cousin Mary, Robert and Family,
    I live in California and am not able to pay my respects in person. I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you all for strength and peace during this difficult time.
    With love,
    Susan and Family

  8. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, he was such a caring young man and always a delight to have around, he always knew how to make people laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    -Jill Sullivan

  9. Derek Richardson

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I only knew Tim from my time with him at the hospital and at the clinic, but I know he was a delightful person, and I am truly sorry that he is gone. He showed such great courage, humor, and love in the face of his illness. He was one of the most positive people I have ever met. Every time I visited he greeted me with a smile no matter how he was feeling, or what difficulties he was going through. I believe his incredible attitude is a tribute to his wonderful parents and his loving siblings. He was an inspiring person to meet and I wish I could have spent more time with him. I am grateful for all the moments I spent with Tim and I know his memory will drive me to be the best physician I can be. I will always strive to extend a sense of humor and give my love to everyone, just like Tim did to me and everyone else he met. He was a very special person, and he will certainly be missed by all who knew him.

  10. So sorry for you loss.

    Timothy is now in the kingdom of heaven.

    Mark Silver

    “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

    John 11:25-26

  11. We were so sorry to hear about Tim. We knew him a long time ago at the Boys and Girls Club. We will always remember him for his spirit, kindess and smile. He comes from a equally great and loving family. We’ll think of you often. Madeline, Jack, Tina and Jim Nally

  12. Robert,Mary,Kristen,Stephen and Michael- You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Timothy will always have a special place in our hearts and he will be deeply missed.We feel truley blessed to have known him and all of you.
    Love, John,Margie,Siobhan and Jack

  13. Dear, Mary,Robert,Kristen,Michael, and Stephen. Words can not even begin to describe how much we will miss Tim. Ever since the time we were younger he always knew how to make us feel special and could always brighten our day no matter what. These are just some of the amazing traits that we will remember Timothy for.Jack and I both are deeply sorry for your loss and will have Timothy in our thoughts and prayers each day.
    Love, Siobhan and Jack

  14. Timmy P,

    Miss you already bud. You are such an inspiration to me and to others. You will always have a special place in my heart. I will never forget your speech at High School gradatuation and all our absolutely rediculous times together. ” Don’t Stop Believin”

    Rest In Peace Tim.

    Love Always,
    Kerri Marshall

  15. Our deepest sympathy for such an incredible loss of a brilliant and enigmatic young man. His strengh, courage and resilience will serve as guidance for this wonderful family that we have admired for so long. God bless all of you in this difficult time. Tim will be sorely missed by so many that loved him.

    The Jarvis Family, Woburn, MA

  16. We are so deeply sorry for your loss and please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Barb, Dave,
    Tom and Joe

  17. I wish I could find the words to express my sympathy for you all at this time. Over the past year or so, getting to know you all, I’ve been impressed time and time again by the love, strength, and sense of family that was ever present in Tim’s room. I pray now for that continued strength for all of you in this difficult time.

    With heartfelt sympathy,

  18. Robert, Mary and kids. I am so sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Words cannot express what you are feeling right now. I know in my heart you will go on with the great memories of Timothy. I guess that is what makes us continue. Please know that God is watching you and I believe as my mother always said “God does not give us more than we can handle”. Knowing the kind of kid Timothy was I’m sure he will give all of you the strength. He came from a great and loving family.

    God Bless all of you.

    Love Joe, Gus and Marina

  19. Timothy,
    Rest in Peace buddy I love you sooo much and miss you already. I know nana is holding you safe in her arms. Auntie Mary, uncle Robert and Kids stay strong I love you all!

  20. To the Padulsky family,

    After working with Tim on many clubs and activities at Woburn High, I can truly say he was a terrific person. He always had a smile on his face and was always up for a good conversation.

    I will always remember his detemination and of course, his sense of humor.

    God bless,
    Holly Black

  21. Our deepest sympathies to Tim’s family and friends. His energy and humor were contagious and he brought the best out in all who knew him. Rest in peace.

    The Flavin Family

  22. Diane & Family-

    I am very sorry for your loss!

    May all of the great memories that you have of Timothy get you through this devastating time.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Renee Forziati-McGrath(Gussie’s Niece)

  23. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Every day that I was in Tim’s room over the past month I was in such awe of your family – the grace, the courage, the love. Please know that you are in my thoughts.


  24. My deepest sympathy to all of Tim’s family. He was a wonderful person who brightened the worlds of everyone around him. I will always remember him for his sense of humor and ability to turn anything negative into something worth smiling about.
    Someone once told me, those who die never really die if they live in the hearts of those who loved them. I know Tim will continue to live on in the hearts of his family.

    God Bless
    Merrill Stead,
    Wakefield MA

  25. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out Tim’s entire family. He was great kid and will truly be missed.

    Laurie Greene
    Woburn Recreation Dept.

  26. My deepest sympathy to all of Tim’s family. My kids and I met Tim through the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn. Tim was a very special part of my kids lives, teaching them to swim, gimp, games and just being himself showed them to strive to be a better person. We loved to see his smile (especially when we brought him chocolate chip cookies!) at the club and the North Woburn pool. My niece Maggie McGonigle will be running the marathon in Tim’s honor this year and we also plan to be involved with this event in his memory. Tim will truely be missed by all. Fondly, Stephanie, Heather & Andrew Winston.

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