Ronald Edward Piotrowski of Rotterdam passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 peacefully at his home with his wife, Carol Ann by his side.
Ron was born in Schenectady on July 22, 1941 to the late Edward S. and Elizabeth D. Piotrowski (Purtell). Ron attended CBA and graduated from St. Columba's High School in Schenectady in 1959. After high school, Ron attended Carnegie Tech University and Union College prior to taking over his family's business, The Melrose Tavern.
Ron and Carol Ann (Szpak) were married on May 4, 1963 at St. Adalbert's church in Schenectady, and shared 57 years of beautiful marriage together. Ron was very involved in the parish for many years, and could often be found wearing his bright colored Polish vest at the annual Harvest Festival, or making many hundreds of pierogis and golumpkis each year.
As an extremely active member of Ravena-Coeymans Yacht Club, Ron enjoyed hours of boating fun, and many great friendships on the Hudson River. Ron also enjoyed traveling, and together with his wife, explored the world and all seven continents. In recent years, they both enjoyed many relaxing cruises, culminating with a trip through the Panama Canal this January.
An extremely caring, giving, and compassionate person, Ron was always there to provide strength and support for anyone who needed him. In addition to being both smart and funny, Ron was also extremely loyal, and willing to help in any situation. Family and traditions were both very important to Ron, and he was very proud of the accomplishments of his sons and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his sister, Gail Olley and her husband, Gary Olley. Ron is survived by his wife, Carol Ann, in addition to his two sons, Eric M. Piotrowski of Evans City, PA, and Edward A. Piotrowski (Kelly) of Glenville, NY. Ron is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Blaise A. Piotrowski and Myles J. Piotrowski, as well as his step-granddaughter Ashley Kline and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services are scheduled at the Church of St. Adalbert on Wednesday, July 1 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00. Calling hours will preceed the Mass from 9:30-11:00 at the church, and the burial will be private and held at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations/memorial gifts be made to the Church of St. Adalbert Restoration Fund, 550 Lansing Street, Schenectady, NY 12303.
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