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Ronald J. Szarek

February 8, 1944 - February 12, 2019

Ronald J. Szarek, 75, of Chicopee, died on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. For forty-nine years, he was the owner of Sharkey’s Restaurant in Chicopee, taking it over in 1961 from his parents. Ronald was born on February 8, 1944 in Chicopee and was the son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Rzeszutek) Szarek. Ronald loved Polish music, fishing and NASCAR but the stars of his life were his two granddaughters. Among Ronald’s fondest memories were fishing trips with his friend Dennis, watching NASCAR on tv with his cat Jill in his lap, attending Hartford Jai Alai with Joanne and his friend Knobby and wife Kay, Sunday morning breakfasts with friends Walter and Chester and generally raising a ruckus at the Chicopee boat ramp in Ferry Lane. Ronald is survived by his wife, Joanne (Swienton) Szarek; a son, Christopher Szarek and his wife, Ruth Giles of Chicopee; a daughter, Stephanie Richardson and her husband, Thomas of East Longmeadow; two granddaughters, Serena and Miranda Richardson; sister, Joan Banas of Ludlow; a sister-in-law, Mary Alice Prill and her husband Larry of Florida. He is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Joseph Banas. It was Sharkey’s wish to have a private service, but his family would like to thank everyone for their support and condolences at this time.