Raymond Edward Piotrowski, 92, a resident of Athens, Georgia for 58 years, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The Piotrowski family wishes to thank the staff and management of Athens Heritage Nursing Home for their care and support of Ray during the past nine years.
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Mr. Piotrowski was born June 17, 1920 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed in Pearl Harbor during World War II. He then served as a Drill Sergeant in Parris Island, SC where he met and married Cpl Margaret Ginn in 1945 and remained married until her death in May of 2012.
In 1946, Mr. Piotrowski was signed to play professional football for the Green Bay Packers under Coach Curly Lambeau. He played football for three years and worked as a Firefighter during the off-season for the Milwaukee Fire Department.
Ray and family moved to Athens in 1954 where he was a mason and a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen. In 1986, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C, he was awarded first place for outstanding brick craftsmanship for a project off West Lake Drive in Athens.
He is survived by his three sons and their spouses, Terry and Phyllis, Scott and Sandy, and Gary and Nancy. His four grandchildren are Derek, Jeff and wife Daye, Chase and Elise Piotrowski. Great grandchildren are Willow and Orson Piotrowski, nephew, Richard Piotrowski and great nephew, Joe Piotrowski.
The family will receive friends for viewing and respects at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens Saturday, December 8th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 pm with Pastor, Tim Vaughn.
Interment will follow the service at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Dec. 7, 2012