Sylvester Richard Kubiak 10/16/33- 3/12/19 a.k.a. Buddy, a.k.a. Dad, a.k.a. Uncle-Cousin Buddy, a.k.a. Grum-Grum got his Grand Slam today and finally won a hand of cards without too much cheating. As this was a once in a lifetime event, he moved on to his new everlasting life.
Buddy was the most beloved, precious and often spoiled baby of the 7 children of Mike and Julia “Lula” Kubiak. He was preceded in death by pretty much everyone since he is now older than dirt. He was kept young by copious quantities of the great preservative Wellers & Water and by his loving and vivacious wife of 40 years Becky. He was a simple man who was a bit of a jokester, loved cars, cards, woodworking and most of all the Texas Rangers. Buddy’s motto was “God, country, family, friends and baseball”.
Buddy started working in the automobile industry immediately after the Korean War. He spent over 50 years in Oklahoma City and Norman OK and ended his automotive career in Arlington, Texas. After retirement, Buddy worked for 18 years with the Texas Rangers in sales. He delighted in speaking to everyone and would guarantee that your time at the Ballpark would be the sunniest and best ever experience, but if for any reason it wasn’t, his name was “Rosemary”.
Buddy beat death many times – like the time he taught Carla (his youngest daughter) to drive or when he forgot Becky’s birthday or all the illnesses that the doctors said would kill him for the last 24 years. Buddy was the soul of patience. He never lost his cool, even when his dog Puddles caught the house on fire by peeing on the VCR. (The dog was named “Puddles” for a reason!)
Buddy had 2 or 4 or 6 or 8 or 9 children, depending on who the kids brought home. Buddy very graciously allowed them all to live in anticipation of his greatest joy and revenge – his grandchildren. He originally wanted to be called “gramps or grandpa” but the little speak-your-mind-no-filter darlings called him “Grum-Grum” because he would often grumble under his breath. The children knew that they could “give it to Grum, because he can fix anything” and would frequently give him monumental tasks that he would easily accomplish to their obvious delight. He was the maker of all things, fixer of the broken, bbq-er of greatness and the most appreciative audience member of all programs.
Buddy leaves behind a great legacy of family. His wife Becky, his children Dennis Kubiak, Cheryl Kersetter, David Hegranes and wife Sharon, and Carla Martin and husband Josh. Children of his heart, Nick Dalgaard and wife Bitten, Paula Beckerman and husband Mark, and Andrew McQuade and wife Viridiana, daughter-niece Kris Jollota and husband Don and brother-nephew Alan Greene and wife Sharon. His beloved grandkids, Tosha, Savanah, Sammy, Spencer, Harlee, Stone, Tori, Ariel, Lexi, Topher, Lindsey, Gwen, Bethie, Sergio, Nicklas, Rebecca, Dylan, Tanner, Hannah, Alyssa, Chloe, James and Erin. His greatest joy of joys his great grandkids Ella, Tate, Nevaeh, Kevin, Zia, Silas, Cayden, Piper, Xander, Eden, Jewel, Jacqueline, Shane, Alyssa, Hayden, Renleigh and Camden.
Buddy was a simple man – simply wonderful!
Services will be held March 23rd at 11a.m. at Christ the King & All Saints Anglican 3290 Lackland Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76116. To honor Buddy, please wear any of your Rangers gear. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas Rangers Youth Baseball Miracle League (https://texasrangers.com/donate).