Robert
P.
Olesiewicz


ROBERT PAUL OLESIEWICZ served the City of Camden as a firefighter for over 39 years, reporting for duty on January 1, 1951 and retiring as a Captain on March 1, 1890. Born in Camden on August 10, 1919 to Zygmunt Olesiewicz and his wife, the former Sophie Peplowski, Robert P. Olesiewicz grew up in Camden's then predominantly Polish Whitman Park neighborhood. His father had come to America from Poland in 1913. The family was living with Zygmunt Olesiewicz's brother Joseph at 1008 Mechanic Street when the census was taken in January of 1920. The 1924 and 1929 Camden City Directories shows the family at 1418 South 10th Street, a short walk from St. Joseph's Catholic Church. His parents would still be in this home as late as October of 1970.

Robert Olesiewicz had married Anna Marie Whittaker and was working as an electrician when he was inducted into the United States Army on February 26, 1942. Returning to Camden after completing his service, the 1947 Camden City Directory shows him living with his wife Anna at 321 Mount Vernon Street. He was appointed to the camden Fire Department on December 20, 1950 and , as stated above, reported for duty on January 1, 1951. Robert Olesiewicz was promoted to Captain on February 1, 1966. 

By 1970 he and his family had moved to 1194 Morton Street. Sadly, Robert P. Olesiewicz's wife Anna passed away on June 5, 1973. Tragedy struck again on August 27, 1982 when daughter Anna Marie Olesiewicz was murdered by Richard Biegenwald, who was tried and sentenced to death for the crime. He was permitted to die in prison by the New Jersey State Supreme Court.

Robert P. Olesiewicz retired from the Camden Fire Department on March 1, 1980. He passed away on March 18, 1983.


Camden Courier-Post * February 17, 1938

'Y' VARSITY CONQUERS COACHES
Mentors Bow by 55-51; Catholic High Beats Limited Seniors, 35 to 27

The Camden Y.M.C.A. varsity quintet took the measure of the South Jersey Coaches by 55 to 51 last night in a free-scoring tussle at the "Y" court.

Fields and fouls were plentiful during the tussle with the Y.M.C.A. outfit racking up a total of 20 baskets from scrimmage and 15 of 23 foul attempts. Bill Ackerman and Al Scott led the attack for the winners with 11 counters apiece, while Art Blaker, Camden High mentor, was the big gun on the offense for the Coaches with five fields and seven fouls for 17 counters.

The preliminary tussle brought together the Camden Catholic High quintet and the Y.M.C.A. Limited Seniors with the scholastic outfit gaining the decision by 35 to 27. Bob Olesiewicz, star center, led the attack for Catholic with seven fields and two fouls for 16 counters, while Eddie Biehler starred for the Limited Seniors with four and one for nine points. Catholic led all the way and was out in front by 16 to 10 at the 
intermission.


Camden Courier-Post * February 25, 1938

Woodrow Wilson High School - Camden Catholic High School
Camden High School - Bob Olesiewicz - Ray Dixon - Dave Lewin
Ray Patton - Bob Boyd - Fred Ackerman - Arthur Blaker


 


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