JOHN BIEDRZYCKI
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BIEDRZYCKI JOHN

Of Robinson Township, peacefully on Thursday, August 29, 2019 surrounded by family, after a brief battle with heart disease. Preceded in death by his father, John A. Biedrzycki; mother, Amelia "Millie" Biedrzycki-Cercone; and brother, David B. Cercone, Esq. Survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Bette Jean (Kinneman) Biedrzycki; son, John A. Biedrzycki, Esq. (Beth); sister, Michele Cercone; brother, Paul Biedrzycki; beloved grandchildren, Max and Molly. John began his career in the U.S. Army, serving from 1967-1970 in Korea as a Pay Distribution Specialist with the 7th Infantry Division. Thereafter, working as a laborer by day and going to night school, he earned his Masters in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and began working for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. John taught Social Studies, American Democracy and was the director the teaching academy at Langley High School. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 1989, which led to three months of study in Sierra Leone and The Gambia to develop an African Studies curriculum for his students. In addition to teaching, John was the assistant baseball coach for Langley's 1982 State Championship and head coach for back to back City Championships in 1997 and 1998. Since 1969, John had been an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), holding various local and state leadership positions as an advocate for veterans, their families and active duty military. Upon his retirement from teaching in 2005, John devoted all of his free time to the VFW, While his accomplishments within the VFW were numerous, most notably he served as the Commander of the Department of Pennsylvania from 2002-2003 and achieved All American status. Thereafter he served on numerous national VFW committees advocating to the legislature and Veterans Administration to improve conditions for active duty service members and their families, as well as those in the VA health system, John was unanimously elected National Commander in Chief at the 2015 VFW convention held in Pittsburgh. Following his election, John traveled all over the United States and to numerous foreign countries to observe the working conditions and treatment of our active duty and wounded soldiers, During his travels in Asia, he visited remote sites where the missing remains of our fallen were being sought out and recovered. Armed with firsthand knowledge of what he observed, John zealously advocated on behalf of active duty soldiers, veterans and those missing in action, through testimony before Congress and Oval Office meetings with President Obama. Following the expiration of his term of office as Commander in Chief, John continued to travel the country in support of veterans causes until he was physically unable to travel. Family and friends received Monday and Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the SCHEPNER-McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 165 Noble Avenue, Crafton where the blessing service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, John said prior to his passing that he would be grateful for memorial contributions to the VFW Veterans Village, 13005 N.E. 135th St., Fort McCoy, FL 32134.


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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 31 to Sep. 3, 2019.
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November 12, 2019
I have met Chief Biedrzycki in Pittsburgh and since then, I have lost my husband. I send my condolences to the Family. A Soldiers family has a hard life to live. God bless him!
Bridget Carroll
September 9, 2019
An "AWESOME" teacher! I was very lucky to have Mr.B as my teacher. I was truly blessed. Thank you for all that you have done for all of us. May you rest in Peace Mr. B.
Julie Marie Szewc
September 5, 2019
We were fortunate to meet John while Commander of the VFW. He spoke fondly of the work he did for the organization with passion. Our thoughts and prayers to his family and love ones now.
Pam, Richard Stilwell and family.
September 4, 2019
Betty Jean and John,
My sincerest sympathy is extended to you at this time. Take comfort that John was a wonderful person, colegue, and teacher. His memory will last for decades through the students whose lives he touched.
Bill Foreman
Gettysburg, PA
September 3, 2019
On behalf of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc's Board of Directors and our staff, we send our deepest sympathies to "Big John's" family. John was a vocal leader on our board and committees. He provided support to our nonprofit's mission of honoring and remembering our veterans through the memorial, museum and our programs. His presence will be missed. We will install a brick in our plaza in honor of John's service on the board.
John F. McCabe, President/CEO, Soldiers & Sailors
John McCabe
September 3, 2019
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., we extend our deepest sympathies to "Big John's" family. John was a vocal leader on our board and subcommittees. We are grateful for his participation and support of our nonprofit's mission to honor and remember our veterans through our memorial, museum and programs. John's presence will be missed. In his honor, we will install a brick in our front plaza reflecting his years of board service.
John F. McCabe, President/CEO Soldiers & Sailors
September 2, 2019
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Suzanne Gibson
September 2, 2019
A great teacher who had a lasting impact on his students. I'm so sorry to hear he passed.
Melissa W
September 2, 2019
He was such a wonderful teacher. My prayers to his family.
September 2, 2019
RIP Mr B. One of my favorite teachers! Prayers to his Family. May you find peace!
Sally Parkin Gould
September 2, 2019
Betty Jean and Family,
We were saddened to hear of John's passing. You and Your Family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Theresa Lloyd
September 2, 2019
My condolences to Bette Jean and the family. We lost a great friend and Brother Veteran. Eternal Memory.
Ronald Pawuk
September 1, 2019
Bette Jean and family..
Always remember John smiling..
and always remember you by his side
My sympathy to you and yours
Maureen Mcdermott gnipp
September 1, 2019
Bette Jean & Family - Wish I could be there. So sorry for your loss. Such happy memories to hold in your heart,
Pat Donovan
September 1, 2019
I remember a kind man who was always friendly and gracious to me. Blessed be, rest in peace.
Natalie Worthington
September 1, 2019
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September 1, 2019
Mrs. Biedrzycki, Jet & Beth,

You have my sincere condolences. Please know that your are in my thoughts & prayers.

Brian Schill
Rotary Club of Upper St Clair-Bethel Park
VFW Post 764, McMurray
September 1, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you all.and our hearts go out to the Family and Friends
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August 31, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
dorothy lang
August 31, 2019
WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS YOU ALL ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS.

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dorothy lang
August 31, 2019
So sorry to hear about John. I have good memories of him and St. Francis de Sales
Diane Spadafore (Killion)
August 31, 2019
Bette Jean and Biedrzycki family, Pat and I are saddened to head of John's passing. I have many memories of our time spent together at Langley High School where John was a key member of the faculty for many years. May the Lord Bless him and his family. God Bless.
Pat and Dan Belisario
August 31, 2019
Betty Jean, We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do please let us know.
Tony & Audrey Tarquinio
August 31, 2019
John, You were a wonderful son. My condolences to you and your family. Take care, Alice Hirsch
Alice Hirsch
August 31, 2019
We will all miss John as he was a good friend and a great leader of the VFW.
My you rest in Peace My Friend.
William Dilla
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