Richard James Bilyk
March 11, 1953 – February 5, 2021
Richard James Bilyk, 67, passed away surrounded by family on February 5, 2021. He was born in Flat Rock, MI and retired from the US Navy.
Richard was married to his wife Diane for 40 blessed years. Together, they walked and rolled through life, “one day at a time,” making memories that will last a lifetime. No one in the world was prouder to be a grandparent than Richard. He adored his grandson, Blake with his entire heart. His love for the Jaguars also ran deep and there’s no doubt he’s currently up in Heaven yelling, “Gooooo Jaguars!” He was a mainstay at Grumpy’s Restaurant, Orange Park’s popular breakfast establishment. He made everyone smile when he entered the building. He had the unique ability to brighten the day of anyone he saw. He enjoyed passing out custom pens to strangers and handing dollar bills to kids in hopes of jumpstarting their college savings accounts. Richard was proud to be an American. He served for 22 years, 1 month, and 6 days in the Navy (not that he was counting). You knew within five minutes of meeting him that he was a Master Chief. He enjoyed volunteering at Haven Hospice, Orange Park Medical Center, spending his time helping others. He was actively involved with Knights of Columbus and Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church. He was both stubborn and generous, with a heart that beat for his family, friends, and his dog Louie. To know Richard was to love him, and we are all better for it.
Richard is survived by his wife Diane Bilyk; 2 devoted sons: John R. (Abby) Bilyk and Patrick J. (Victoria) Bilyk; 2 brothers: Tom (Penny) Bilyk and David Bilyk; a grandson, Blake Bilyk; and a host of extended family and friends.
Memorial Mass will be held 11 AM, Friday, May 14, 2021 at St Catherine's Catholic Church, 1649 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073. Graveside services will follow at 2 PM at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Orange Park Council #7399 (1649 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073)
Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg, FL. Please post words of comfort at www.hollyhillsfunerals.com.
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- Richard is survived by his wife Diane Bilyk; 2 devoted sons: John R. (Abby) Bilyk and Patrick J. (Victoria) Bilyk; 2 brothers: Tom (Penny) Bilyk and David Bilyk; a grandson, Blake Bilyk; and a host of extended family and friends.
Knights of Columbus, Orange Park Council #7399
1649 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073
Friday, May 14, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Richard James Bilyk
April 7, 2021
I served Richard at the Crafty Crab on Blanding. In my 5 years of being in the food industry, Richard was the was most humble and sincere person I've ever served.
I remember before he left he gave me a custom pen of his own that I still use to this day. He also helped me start up my investments with the generous tip he left. His wife was also with him and you can tell that those two were the real thing, something that seems to be rare now a days.
It's true what they say Richard knew how to brighten someone's day. For me his smile and the pleasant conversation was enough to do just that. I will make sure to continue spreading kindness as Richard has. His family will be in my thoughts and prayers. have a blessed day
-Easton James Mirabel
February 19, 2021
Richard rolled into my life about 18 months ago at Haven Hospice Attic. He was bigger than life and a hulk of a man. His willingness to volunteer his time and energy was admirable in the face of his own physical challenges. That is true servant leadership. My sincerest condolences go out to Diane and their family.
February 18, 2021
Rich was a painting student of mine at Orange Park Senior Center for a time, he was a good student, painted well and all the others in the class loved Rich, he was honored to be the only man at our luncheons from time to time, we will miss you Rich.
February 17, 2021
In High School, Richard worked full time at a Drive-in Theater, to help his family with expenses. This meant lots of late nights, and delayed starts in the morning. We had the same first hour math class and, when Richard was late, he would drive by the class window and honk his horn. Then the teacher knew he was there, would mark him present, and finally send in attendance. It was a vast conspiracy to keep him in good standing and we laughed about it many times.
It also meant we would sneak into the movie to see him!