Fred Bielicki was a man who would call you a friend after knowing you for a minute.
He was born on July 13, 1966 in Buffalo, New York, and spent every waking moment filling his surroundings with excitement and love. It was this love that caught the eye of his beloved wife and server, Gwendolyn, at Kerby's Koney Island. Their love story began with a "bacon double cheeseburger with a side of chili fries and the biggest f****** coke you got" and is survived by the couples' thrill for finding exhilarating experiences to share, taste-testing new food and drink, and bird watching— especially eagle watching. He will be missed terribly by his daughters, Sarah and her husband Jon, Hannah, Brittany, and their partners. Fred was also awarded the title of "World's Best Papa" by his granddaughter, Artemis. He now holds the additional honor of "World's Best Guardian Angel."
Fred had the Eye of the Tiger. He boxed with the Manistee Boxing Club where he placed first in his weight class at the Golden Gloves Championship. True to his nature, he became a lifelong fighter for those he loved— his friends, family, and Union Brothers. He moved with Gwendolyn and Sarah from Manistee, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois where he began his career with the Union, Laborers Local 225 before moving to Crowne Point, Indiana where his youngest daughter Hannah was born. Wanting to live closer to the city and friends, he picked up his family and moved to the South Side of Chicago where he opened his home to his third daughter, Brittany. After twenty-five years, with a heart full of hopes and dreams of building a home on family land, he packed up a trailer and moved to Garrison, Texas. Having lived there for only a short time surrounded by his siblings– Lori, Paul, Dusti, and Gigi, and many nieces and nephews– he cleared land, made friends, traveled East Texas sampling local IPA's, and unpacked all the love he carried with him along the way— sharing his nature of constant positivity and contagious laughter.
Known as someone who smiled with his whole face, he wore his heart and interests on his sleeve. His wardrobe represented his love for the Steelers, the Blackhawks, and his loyalty to his Union Brothers. He was frequently spotted at Nascar tracks, floating in his pool while blasting music from his "Man Cave", and making neighbors his family. He was known for throwing the best parties such as "Fred Fest", "Lobster Fest", pool parties, and "Soup Swaps".
How does one summarize Fred Bielicki? It's impossible. Fred was more than a few words and paragraphs. He was so much to so many people. He was there for you when you needed him, never asking for anything in return. He didn't think twice about helping others. Seeing your posts online or talking to you over the phone made his day.
Fred was the kind of guy who "always knew your name."
He will be missed. He will be loved, always. And he will be with you in spirit the next time you raise a glass.
Cheers to you, Fred!
Fred is survived by his loving wife, Gwendolyn Bielicki; daughters, Sarah Noell Darkwood, Brittany Harris and Hannah Adell Bielicki; sons-in-law, Jon Darkwood and Alex Hara; granddaughter, Artemis Grace Darkwood; and siblings, Lori Wells, Travis Bielicki, Dusti Alden and Gigi Williams.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Cynthia Matson and grandmother, Ruby Curry.
The family will be "Celebrating the Legacy of Fred Bielicki" from 11am - 5pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Garrison Funeral Home and again on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 11am - 5pm.