Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) grandfather Ronald Kulick passed away on Dec. 31 after a battle with lung cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, where he had been receiving treatment for his illness. According to Ulrich, his wife of 35 years, Rosemary, was by his side.
The councilman announced his grandfather’s passing on his Facebook page on New Year’s Eve.
“I honestly don’t think I would be who or what I am today if it were not for his love, devotion and support,” Ulrich wrote.
According to the councilman, Kulick was “a proud Navy veteran, union steamfitter, and devoted family man.” He was a regular fixture on the campaign trail for his grandson in 2009 and helped out on his successful runs for the Council in the 2009 special and general elections.
Kulick was waked last Friday at Romanelli Funeral Home and his funeral was held Saturday at Nativity BVM Church, both in Ozone Park, where he was living at the time of his death.