John F. "Ace" Bilsky Sr., 80, of Clinton, Md., formerly of Scranton, died Wednesday at Southern Maryland Regional Medical Center, Clinton. His wife of 54 years is Jean "Babe" Meredick Bilsky.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late Anna Maziarz Bilski, John graduated from West Scranton High School. Following high school, John proudly enlisted in the Navy, serving two years, and later enlisting in the Air Force, serving an additional 20 years. He finished his career with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency until his retirement in 2001. He was a devoted member of the Knights of Columbus for the past 52 years, holding various positions, including Grand Knight, ushered at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., since the program started 27 years ago, and was head cook at many K of C functions. He enjoyed his many affiliations with social organizations and the many dear friends and acquaintances made throughout the years. John was a generous man who was loved by all who knew him. He was an avid Washington Redskins and Nationals fan, enjoyed the magic of holidays, vacations with family, crabbing, fishing, gardening and special moments with his grandchildren. John was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather.
Also surviving are a son, John F. Bilsky Jr. and wife, Cindy, Pelham, N.H.; and two grandchildren, John III and Alicia.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Joseph; and three sisters, Florence Bilski, Genevieve Skejveland and Frances Boyko.
The funeral will be Wednesday with Mass of Christian Burial at noon in SS. Peter and Paul R.C. Church, 1309 W. Locust St., Scranton, with the Rev. Alvaro de Oliveira as celebrant. Interment, parish cemetery.
Friends may call at the church from 10 until Mass time. Arrangements by Stefanelli Funeral Home Inc., 721 S. Main St., Taylor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to Andrews Federal Credit Union (the Bilsky Memorial Fund, Account # 820155963), Building 1677-D St., Andrews AFB, MD 20762. To sign an online guestbook or send a condolence, visit www.ste fanellifuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2012