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.
He is survived by the love of his life, Gail, with whom he shared 32 years of marriage; his children, Ronnie Bielicki Jr. of Needham, Mass., Pete Bielicki and his wife, Deb, of Milton, N.H., Elaine Boyle of Gloucester, Patricia Bielicki of Hyannis, Mass., Michael Erwin and his wife, Jaye, of Gloucester, Beth Beaulieu and her husband, Kevin, of Rockport; grandchildren, Ben Bielicki and Bethany Bielicki of Milton, N.H., Sarah Boyle, Heather Boyle and Anthony Miccolis, all of Gloucester, Gabbi BIelicki of Hyannis, Mass., James Erwin, Kayla Erwin and Jason Erwin, John Beaulieu, all of Gloucester, Eric Beaulieu of Rowley; a sister, Rita Hopkins of Virginia; brother-in-law, Mark Haberland of Rockport; sister-in-law, Marge Haberland of North Conway, N.H.; his very special friends, John and Kathy Quinn of Gloucester; and numerous nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: In keeping with Ron’s wishes, there are no visiting hours and burial will be held privately. A collation will be held at The Gloucester Lodge of Elks, #892, at Bass Rocks, Atlantic Road, Gloucester, MA, on Monday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. Friends and relatives welcome.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Mass General Hospital, Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 and state for Leukemia & Cancer Research in Ronald Bielicki’s name. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
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