In memoriam: Tony Godec
Tony Godec, a Westsider going back to his childhood and owner of Godec's Photo Supply downtown, passed away Oct. 28 after a battle with cancer. He was 77.
Mr. Godec was born April 22, 1932, in Colorado Springs to Clara and Anthony Godec. According to his obituary, he is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Richard, Ronald, Donald and Gary; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; and his brother Bev.
Gary Godec said his father had lived on Oswego Street (off King Street) since 1959. He bought his store in 1960 from Bill Henderson (the former mayor and co- founder of Pikes Peak National Bank) who had owned two camera stores, one on the Westside as well as the one downtown. According to Gary Godec, his father was working for Henderson in the downtown store, and "one day Bill said, 'Hey, Tony, you want to buy the store?'"
The business was called Tejon Photo until 1972, when it was given its current name. Mr. Godec would have celebrated 50 years of ownership in April 2010.
Growing up on the Westside, he attended Catholic schools, including graduation from St. Mary's High School.
Mr. Godec's first photo job was a photographer for the Colorado Springs Free Press.
He met his wife at a soda shop in Old Colorado City.
Mr. Godec was a past president of the Izaak Walton League and Sportsman's Paradise. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap shooting,woodworking, motorcycle touring and trails riding.
He served in the Naval Reserve as a radioman.
A memorial service was held Nov. 2 at St. Mary's Cathedral. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery.