Mr. Waldren P. "Dinny" Lojko

  • Born: August 14, 1924
  • Died: January 10, 2019
  • Location: Grafton / Peabody, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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GRAFTON/PEABODY – Mr. Waldren P. "Dinny" Lojko, 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Sunrise at Gardner Park where he had been a resident for eight years.

Waldren was born in Salem, MA on August 14, 1924 of Polish immigrant parents John and Mary Lojko. Growing up with three other siblings, he was the only child to attend college after high school graduation. He attended Salem State Teacher's College where he met his future wife, Grace St. George. World War II interrupted their courtship and Waldren served in the United States Navy on the USS Amycus in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged 1946 and married Grace, on June 18, 1949.

Waldren began his teaching career at Douglas and Hopedale High Schools where he also coached baseball. He earned a graduate degree at Boston University which led to his first principalship at Pittsfield High School in Pittsfield , NH and later to a position as Principal of Grafton High School until his retirement in 1983.

Dinny spent his retirement years traveling with Grace and working in his garden all at his own pace. When asked when something might get done, his famous retort was always "when the spirit moves me". He was a 55 year member of IAABO Board 26 Basketball Officials and a lifetime member of the Worcester Horticultural Society. He was a devoted Catholic and communicant at both St. Phillip's Church in Grafton, MA and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Worcester, MA.

His wife Grace predeceased him in 2010. He leaves his son, Stephen W. Lojko and his wife, Kerry E. Smith of Boxford, MA, and his daughter, Roberta G. Lojko of Belchertown, MA.

ARRANGEMENTS: At the request of the family, all services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte. 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may send donations in Waldren's name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Condolence & Memory Journal

Steve and family, so sorry for your lost of your dad. He was a great person to me in my life. I will Always remember us hanging out and your dad was cool to us.

Posted by Richard Whitney - North Grafton, MA - Friend   January 18, 2019


Fond memories of Mr. Lojko so many years ago at Douglas High School.

Posted by Claire (Gagne) St Martin - Hampton, NH - Student   January 14, 2019

Roberta, Steve and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you. Your dad was the high school principal when we started our teaching careers at Grafton High. We couldn't have asked for a better superior, mentor and guide as we navigated through these first years of teaching. He was always there to lend a hand, offer advice, give us support and yes, privately reprimand us when we made a poor decision. Throughout the years we would often reflect back at the lessons that he taught us. As a friend and neighbor he would also come by in the spring with his tiller to lend us a hand at getting the garden ready for planting. He was so proud of you, his children and always had a twinkle in his eye when he spoke of your dear mother. May he rest in peace and may your memories of good times with him help you through these difficult days.
Bob and Michelle Meomartino

Posted by Michelle and Bob Meomartino - Northbridge, MA - Friend   January 14, 2019

Had Mr. Lojko as my principal at Grafton High. RIP Sir and thanks for being a role model to many of us

Posted by Gary Jennings - Boylston, MA   January 13, 2019

Deepest sympathy to Steve & Kerry and Roberta from Jerry & Linda Polselli and family.

Posted by Jerry & Linda Polselli - Grafton, MA - Family Friend   January 13, 2019

Sorry to read the passing of Mr. Lojko who was my High School Principal at Grafton. I never knew about his background in sports but it makes sense because he seemed to have a soft spot for us athletes.

One funny story about him. We needed to win our last game to have a good chance at being invited to play in the Clark Basketball Tournament. The game was at home against Leister and they were a tough team and a little dirty. At the end of the game when it was apparent that we were going to win, they started a fight and a mini skirmish broke out and we defended ourselves and threw some punches.

It ended quickly and after the game in the locker room our coach Mr. Blackburn was chewing us out for fighting and saying he might not let us go to the tourney because of that. Just then, Mr. Lojko burst through the door to the locker room elated with our victory and started giving us all enthusiastic atta boys and proclaiming that was the spirit that would carry us to victory in the Clark Tourney. It was quite a moment for a High School kid to witness.

Posted by Mike Santora - Worcester, MA   January 13, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Mr. Lojko's family. He was my teacher and baseball coach at Douglas HS 60 years ago. I have fond memories of him.

Posted by Roger Prince - Franklin, MA - Student   January 12, 2019

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