WORCESTER --- WPI Athletics is sad to report the recent passing of longtime equipment manager Jan Bialonozka. Bialonozka passed away on Thursday, July 16th surrounded by his loving family at UMass Medical.
Bialonozka retired as the athletic department equipment manager from in 2002 after working at WPI for about 40 years.
Jan was born in Lokno, Poland, a son of the late Szymon and Aleksandra Bialonozka.
"Jan was a unique member of the WPI Athletic Department having immigrated as a young boy from Poland to the USA," remembered Hall of Fame wrestling coach Phil Grebinar. "He provided support for all phases of the PE and Athletic department which meant he would overlap with varsity student-athletes, club sports athletes, PE class students, faculty, staff, and work study students assigned to the department".
He leaves behind two sisters, Wladyslawa Kawalec and Walentyna Urban of Worcester, nephews, Jerry Urban and Miroslaw Kawalec, nieces, Danuta Bousbouras and Wieslawa Filreis and several grand-nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers-in-law, Czeslaw Kawalec and Stanislaw Urban, and close friend, Kris Stevens.
"Basically everyone on campus knew Jan," continued Grebinar. "On his busy days his most famous statement was "come back tomorrow, I too busy now!" During his time at WPI, Jan was a valuable contributer to all phases of the program".
Jan enjoyed watching movies and his TV. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at UMASS Memorial Medical – University Campus for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1661 Worcester Rd Ste 301, Framingham, MA 01701 or at www.lung.org