Local jazz drummer Richard ‘Dick’ Piekarski crosses over at 80

| June 21, 2017


RICHARD FRANCIS PIEKARSKI, 80, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Born Oct. 5, 1936, in South Bend, Ind., son of the late Stanley and Helen (Kitkowski) Piekarski. Richard was a tireless worker, and retired from Rochester Midland, in Rochester, N.Y. His hobbies included golfing, fishing, traveling, attending sporting events, concerts and the Philharmonic. Musical talent is predominant in his family, and Richard himself was a talented jazz drummer playing with a number of acclaimed groups including Juanita “Neet” Bramlett’s Sugar & Spice. He was an excellent cook, and a man who didn’t know a stranger. “He was one of those rare people who always thought of others before himself. More than anything, Richard loved being dad, and was the most warm and compassionate person you would ever meet.” Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Marcia (Radecki) Piekarski; children, Kevin (Kerri) Piekarski, Bryan (Karen) Piekarski and Mark Piekarski; grandchildren, Brent, Branden and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Justin Jr. and Jackson; and siblings, Christine (Richard) Sobczak and Thomas (Gloria) Piekarski. He was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Piekarski. Memorial service was Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46825), with calling one hour prior with Pastor Thomas Piekarski officiating. The family also hosted a memorial visitation Monday, June 19, 2017, at the funeral home with musicians playing in tributed to Richard. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons.

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