on February 15, 2014 - 6:21 PM
Oct. 6, 1931 – Feb. 13, 2014
Robert V. Halicki, a founder of a local nonprofit group dedicated to funding research into pediatric cancer, died Thursday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, following a short illness. He was 82.
A personal tragedy led Mr. Halicki to community action. He and his wife, the former Jean Frost, lost their only daughter, Chris Marie, to cancer in 1969. After her death, Mr. Halicki and the parents of other children with cancer worked with Dr. Lucius Sinks of Roswell Park Pediatrics to form the all-volunteer nonprofit Association for Research of Childhood Cancer. Since 1971, the association has raised $2.5 million for pediatric cancer research in Western New York. Mr. Halicki remained on the board of the group until his death.
Mr. Halicki was born in Buffalo and, after graduation from Kensington High School in 1949, joined the Navy, serving for four years in the Mediterranean.
After his military service, he returned home and worked for Moog as a senior account executive from 1954 to 1965. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from the University at Buffalo in 1964 and became president of Retco Inc., a distributor of office dictation equipment, in 1965.
Mr. Halicki returned to Moog in 1985, working as a program manager until his retirement in 1996.
A longtime resident of Lancaster, Mr. Halicki served on the Lancaster Board of Education from 1965 to 1973, and was board vice president from 1970 to 1971.
Besides his wife of 62 years, Mr. Halicki is survived by two sons, Gary and John.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Martha Catholic Church, 10 French Road, Depew.