December 28, 1949 - February 3, 2022
He came into this world on 12/28/1949, born to Peter & Dorothy Bilnoski in Houston, TX. He peacefully passed on 2/3/2022. Paul was the 2nd of 10 children. He never met a stranger, was known for being great with children and was an advocate for a smile, wave, and a gentle honk as a reminder to drive friendly! He had a great love of music and could always be heard singing, humming or whistling a tune.
He graduated from Jeff Davis High School and attended the University of Houston before embarking on the beginnings of his dream job in the record industry. He was drafted into the US Army a short time later – April of 1970. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War. After coming home, he began his career with Southwestern Bell in 1974.
He was married to Mercedes, the love of his life, on January 7, 1978, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Houston, TX. They enjoyed many years of travelling and going on adventures together. In 1985, their daughter Nicole was born, and she was the joy of his life. He was an amazing father and later grandfather. He retired from AT&T in 2009 after a great run of 35 years. In his newfound free time (learning how take off his watch!), he was constantly finding projects to get into and helping others. He and Mercedes were finally able to go relax and enjoy time at their Lake Livingston house.
He was a member of St. Martha Catholic Church in Kingwood, TX and has served in various ministries over the years.
He is proceeded in death by his grandparents, father, Peter Paul Bilnoski, Sr., mother, Dorothy Bilnoski, son, Peter Paul Bilnoski III, sister, Jeanne Tomek, brother, Charles Bilnoski, brother-in-law, Robert Focke, niece, Kimberly Bilnoski, niece, Denise Caskey, nephew, Sam Tamborello and great niece, CC Bailey.
He is survived by his wife, Mercedes Bilnoski, daughter, Nicole McKenna (Connor & grandson), his sisters, Patricia Hoffman (Quentin), Susan Lyons (Greg), Annette Tamborello (Don), Christine Hegwood (Vernon), Sandra Pawulski (Richard), sister-in-law Diane Bilnoski, sister-in-law, Gloria (Lionel), his brothers, George Bilnoski (Bobbie), Robert Bilnoski (Suzie), brother-in-law, Will Tomek, along with multiple nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and friends.
The services to be held in celebration of his life are per the following times and locations:
Viewing – 4-7PM, with Rosary Service @ 5PM
Darst Funeral Home -Kingwood
796 Russell Palmer Rd.
Kingwood, TX 77339
Funeral Mass – 11AM, with escort to cemetery for committal service directly following the mass
St. Martha Catholic Church
4301 Woodridge Parkway
Porter, TX 77365
Committal Service at Cemetery – 2PM
Forest Park Lawndale
6900 Lawndale St.
Houston, TX 77023