John Edward Dalgewicz, 75, of Dover, Delaware, formerly of Highland, Maryland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family early September 21, 2019, after a long, hard-fought battle with Leukemia. Born on February 24, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John was the son of the late Chester and Christine Dalgewicz, and was the first of five children.
John graduated from Pennsbury High School in Pennsylvania in 1962. He graduated with the class of 1969 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education. He was a superb athlete and an award-winning wrestler for both Pennsbury High School and the University of Maryland. John married his college sweetheart, the former Barbara Mister, and they were blessed with three children.
John worked for General Electric for over fifteen years before owning and operating Arrow Refrigeration and Appliance, Inc. in Hyattsville, Maryland. He operated Arrow Refrigeration and Appliance, Inc. until 2006, when he and Barbara moved to Dover, Delaware. After he moved to Delaware, John owned and operated O’Neills Liquor Store in Milford. No matter where he lived or worked, John was admired for his congenial personality, and well respected for his hard work ethic and unending commitment to his family.
John was a member of the Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge NO. 179, in Hyattsville, Maryland. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he shared his love of sports with his family. John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He always welcomed anyone and everyone. John loved nothing more than to be with his family at his favorite place, the Gismo Inn, our family home in Virginia. This is where John felt at home and enjoyed many beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and memories!
John is survived by his devoted wife of fifty years, Barbara, along with their three children: Bryant Dalgewicz, Caryn Dalgewicz Vollmer (Ray Vollmer), and Alissa Dalgewicz Cole (Drew Cole). John was the absolute best Poppy to eight wonderful grandchildren: Jacob Dalgewicz, Finley Vollmer, Nathan Dalgewicz, Gracelynn Vollmer, Eleanor Vollmer, Adalynn Cole, Harrison Cole, and Charleson Cole. He also is survived by his brother Chester Dalgewicz, his brother Richard Dalgewicz, his sister Janie (Dalgewicz) Cichocki, his sister Christine (Dalgewicz) Newman, and many nieces and nephews.
John was a hero to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a man full of love, strength, dedication, honesty, and courage, who was entirely devoted to spending time with his family.
The Dalgewicz Family would like to thank the following for the wonderful care that John received during his courageous fight: Doctor Maria Baer and her team in the hematological and oncology department at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Cancer Center; Bayhealth Hospital; Delaware Hospice; and all of the caring and talented nurses, aides, and countless others who cared for him.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Fraizer’s Restaurant, located at 9 East Loockerman Street, Dover, Delaware 19901.
In lieu of flowers, please help the fight against Leukemia and donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate
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