GARY J. BIZJACK, age 59, beloved father of Michelle Arnold (husband Douglas) and Julia Bizjack, devoted son of the late Theodore and Bertha (nee Boyance), cherished brother of Theodore, Jr. (wife Eileen), fond uncle of Theodore III and Thomas, former husband of Susan Ruzich. Gary was a resident of Richmond Heights for 32 years. He was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, National Ski Patrol, the Eagles, and the Elks. After graduating from Brush High School, receiving his Bachelors’ from The Ohio State University and Masters from Kent State University, Gary worked as a Special Needs Teacher for the Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium (CEVEC). He previously worked for Sifco Tool and Die. Gary enjoyed skiing, swimming, collecting Hostas, playing with his Bentley and listening to the Beach Boys, Beatles and his daughters’ piano playing. He especially liked spending time with his children, friends and family, watching Ohio State Football, baking Christmas cookies and driving with the top down on his Corvette. His family will fondly remember him as a friendly, outgoing, talkative man who was a loving father and always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed him.
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Relatives and friends are requested to meet for the Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 3, 2014 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 140 Richmond Rd., Euclid, at 9:30 AM. Burial following in All Souls Cemetery.
Family will receive friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Gary at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON RD. (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) FRIDAY 4-8 PM.
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I was one of Mr. Bizjack’s students this year. He really made a difference and helped me a lot. Mr. Bizjack was a very good man and I am very, very sorry for your loss.
Dennis & Liz Chandler
We were saddened to learn of the loss of dear Gary. He was such a remarkable individual. Oftentimes, we would comment, “What an ancient soul you must be, Gary Bizjack!” Why? His vast knowledge and wisdom of so many subjects was impressive, to say the least. But, what really impressed was when he shared that knowledge. He just seemed to want others NOT to have to struggle. How kind and generous Gary was. We know for he helped us to get through some tough times, too. He will be fondly remembered. We affectionately refer to him as, “Cousin Gary” and will continue to do so in our prayers.
Love, Dennis & Liz Chandler
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that your family are in our prayers.
It will be very hard to go to CEVEC everyday and not see Mr. Bizjack sitting on the bench by the wall wearing his bright orange jacket he is absolutely a legend there. Mr. Bizjack always cared about the students and staff at CEVEC. He really loved Corvettes, he always talked about how when it gets warm out he wants to ride with the top down.
Michelle and Julia,
Please know you are in the prayers of many of the Richmond Heights Sharks and SSL. Your dad was a strong force for both. His passion for the team and all the kids was awesome. We have been blessed to know your dad. God Bless.
Deepest condolences to the family for the loss of my cousin Gary, who was so thoughtful and supportive when my brother passed 5 yrs. ago.
I used to be one of his students, I’m very very very sorry for loss and your family is in my prayers as always
Michelle and Julia,
My condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a wonderful teacher, friend and colleague. I am proud to have had the opportuntity to work with him.
I am deeply saddened to hear this. Juila, i wish i could be there to help you through this rough time. You dad was wonderful and i’ll always remeber our sleepovers and when he met us down at the OSU game. You and your family are in my prayers.
Gary was one of my dearest friends. We would ride in our corvettes together in the summer. I wished we would have gotten the chance this year. I will miss seeing him in my home, cooking in my kitchen and sitting on my deck, telling us his stories. I am so sorry for this loss in my life and the lives of his family. He was one of the smartest and the most caring and giving man I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I send my condolences to his family and pray that he is watching over all of us. I love you Gary, and you will be severly missed!!
I was saddened to learn of the loss of Gary in this morning’s Plain Dealer. I was Gary’s sixth grade teacher and even almost 50 years later I remember him well. I think he was taller than I was at that time. Even after he left the sixth grade at Anderson School he would occasionally stop by to visit. I enjoyed talking with him and remember we laughed a lot. I remember him as a positive young man with a great sense of humor and the ability to relate to others. My condolences to the entire family.
I was shocked and very saddened to hear about the loss of my old friend Gary. We were friends for over 35 years. I have many good times with him to remember. He will be sorely missed. His children were his greatest joy, he was so proud of them both. I left Cleveland several years ago, and did not see
him frequently in recent years. We did catch up on the phone . It is sad to think there won’t be any more calls. My thoughts and wishes for peace are with the family at this difficult time.
To the Bizjack Family,
I was at CEVEC and I have seen Mr. Bizjack around he wasn’t one of my teachers but I found out this past Thursday at the CEVEC Dinner Dance that he past away I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers go out to you guys. I am sorry for this difficult time.
Madeline Cohn Beachwood
My husband and I were reminiscing about our early days at OSU, and he started talking about Gary Bizjack, who was one of the first people at OSU to make an impression on him, and with whom he shared an apartment on Summit Street. I thought I might look him up to surprise him, only to find this sad news. Do know that Gary lives on in the hearts of many people who will never forget him.