Richard Edmund Kubiak

Born: Wed., Apr. 20, 1949
Died: Sun., Sep. 3, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 08, 2017
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Memorial Mass

10:00 AM Sat., Sep. 09, 2017
Location: St. Casimir

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Richard Edmund Kubiak of North East, PA, age 68, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, September 3 after a 6-month battle with brain cancer.  He was born on April 20, 1949 in Erie, PA, son of the late Frances and Edmund Kubiak. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Monica, who died at birth.
Rick is survived by his wife of 42 years, Margaret Froncek Kubiak; his three sons Joseph (Jennifer), Thomas (KellyAnne) and Robert; sister Christine (John) Treahy; brother-in-law James (Beverly) Froncek; grandchildren Raiden, Daniel, Samuel, Andrew and Matthew Kubiak; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Rick spent his life in Erie, attending Saint Casimir Grade school and Cathedral Prep, graduating in 1966.  He then went to Gannon University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance/Economics, later earning an Advanced Certificate in Finance from Mercyhurst University.  Rick served in the Army National Guard from 1968 to 1974.
Recently, Rick spent time in the winter months in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he enjoyed golfing and meeting friends for coffee in the mornings and solving all of the problems of the world.
Rick enjoyed fishing, bowling and golfing, where he perfected the art of schmoozing and created several lifelong friendships.  He also played the drums in a variety of bands throughout his life, his favorite being polka bands.
He owned and operated a successful grape vineyard for 45 years. If you asked him what he did, he would respond he never worked a day in his life – he just piddled.
Rick was a member of the American Legion Post 105 in North East, Siebenburger Society, and Polish Falcons, where he spent several recent Thursday evenings celebrating life with his Prep classmates. He was also a frequent visitor to Fruit Growers in North East, where he spent cherished time with his fellow farmers and friends.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Friday from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  A mass in celebration of Richard's life will be held at St. Casimir Catholic Church, 629 Hess Ave, Erie on Saturday at 10:00 am.  Friends are welcome to continue the celebration immediately following mass at the Polish Falcons Club, 431East 3rd Street, Erie.  Memorials may be made to our extended family for the last 6 months - the Community Nursing Services of North East or the Second Harvest Food Bank.  Please send condolences to

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   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
I will miss Rick's way with words!! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.🍇

Joe & Tamie Lander
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
Dear Kubiak Family,

We were so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He is now at peace with the Lord. We will not be able to attend the viewing or mass, but we will remember you all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless...

Dale Merski
   Posted Sun September 17, 2017
Richard was my cousin. I got to know Rick while he was stationed at Fort Dix in NJ for bootcamp. He would come up on weekends to our house in NJ. My dad Ray Merski was his first cousin, but much older than Rick. My condolences to his entire family. Rick, must have been a great dad because he was a great cousin to me. Peace and love to all of you. Dale..

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