Gloucester, MA — Ronald M. Bielicki, 80, of Gloucester, husband of Gail (Haberland) Bielicki, passed away on Friday afternoon, July 19, 2013, at the Mass General Hospital, after living and boldly battling leukemia for the past two years. Ron was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on November 16, 1932, the son of the late Henry and Julia (Pularski) Bielicki. Ron was such an active person throughout his life that we can only scratch the surface of the lives he touched and people that were impacted by his generosity.
He graduated from St. Francis High School in Buffalo, N.Y., and continued his education on a full scholarship to Boston College and then earned his Master's from Bridgewater State College. While serving honorably in the United States Army he was stationed in Nuremberg, Germany, and loved the countryside. He later decided he would go to Poland and spent the summers of 1995 and 1996 teaching English to the children there and traveled throughout Poland, as well. He and Gail traveled extensively, with their good friends, John and Kathy Quinn. They traveled the United States and many of the National Parks, as well as Ireland and Italy.
He retired in 1992, after teaching special needs students for the Gloucester School system for many years. He was an announcer for the Manchester High School football team and the Rockport High School basketball team, as well as coaching the Gloucester High School girls basketball and softball teams. He coached his grandsons, Eric and John, in their Little League Teams. Family was huge for Ron. For 23 years, he and his children would go on a traditional Christmas Eve shopping spree that culminated with a dinner at Brother’s restaurant. He taught his boys to play poker and he coached them in baseball. He loved going to his and Gail’s condo in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and visiting family in Virginia. He was a PER and lifetime member of the Gloucester Elks Lodge #892 and enjoyed playing cards with his friends at the club. Ron was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather and friend and he will be missed tremendously.