Francis X. Grabowski, 68, of Hilltown Township, a Bucks County lawyer, died Monday, Nov. 24, of a heart attack at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Grabowski was the founding partner of Grabowski Associates, a law firm focusing on commercial, corporate, and municipal law.
His family said Mr. Grabowski's goal was to open a client-defined practice in Perkasie. He achieved that goal, and for 40 years argued cases before a variety of state and federal courts.
Mr. Grabowski also appeared before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Delaware River Basin Commission.
His advocacy ranged from serving as a boardroom corporate counselor to negotiating collective bargaining agreements for labor unions.
Mr. Grabowski served as solicitor for Hilltown Township, Hilltown Township Water and Sewer Authority, Milford Township, Milford Township Water and Sewer Authority, and West Rockhill Township.
Born in Perkasie, he was a 1965 graduate of Pennridge High School in Perkasie, and in 1969 earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Michigan State University. He earned a degree from Villanova Law School in 1972.
Outside the courtroom, he was a volunteer for the Pennridge Jaycees. He was a member of the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Valley Country Club in Telford, where he played golf.
Over the years, he coached baseball and basketball for the Pennridge Little League, as well as the Deep Run Valley Sports Association. He was a loyal supporter of "all things Michigan State University."
He was married to Regina A. Fox "Jean" Grabowski. The two celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Aug. 31.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Stephanie Kuzmik Grabowski; a son, Jon Z.; three grandchildren; and a brother.
Services were Saturday, Nov. 29.
Contributions may be made to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, with check payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, c/o Jill Gehman, F5, H&V ICU, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia 19104.