Remembering Beverly Nowicki as a Friend to All

Remembering Beverly Nowicki as a Friend to All

By Cary Shuman

St. Mary’s High School sophomore guard Christina Nowicki played in the Boverini Basketball Tournament in Lynn with a heavy heart, having lost her grandmother, Beverly Nowicki, who died on Dec. 27 after a long and courageous battle against illnesses.

Christina and her sister, Mia, a St. Mary’s 2017 graduate, a freshman at Assumption College and an All-Scholastic softball pitcher, each delivered beautiful remarks in memory of their beloved grandmother at the funeral Dec. 29 at the Welsh Funeral Home in Chelsea. Grandson John Paul Nowicki was also present at the memorial observance.

Paul Nowicki gave a heartfelt eulogy about his mother, who was a registered nurse and director of the Cottage Manor and On Broadway Nursing Homes in Chelsea.

Paul remembered how residents of the nursing home would often comment to him about the tremendous care his mother and her staff provided to the residents.

“It was overwhelming how much good she brought to everyone else,” related Paul.

Mrs. Nowicki and her husband, retired Chelsea firefighter Fred Nowicki, provided tremendous support and encouragement to Paul and his brother, Scott throughout their lives. Paul is undisputedly one of the greatest athletes in Chelsea history. He was a three-sport performer and two-sport All-Scholastic at Matignon High School and went on to earn a spot in the Division 1 Clemson University football program. Mr. and Mrs. Nowicki were at all their sons’ games beginning in Chelsea Little League and Chelsea Youth Hockey, humbly remaining in the background as Paul brought countless memories with his exploits on the field and in the rink, and the many individual awards he received.

“Scott and I always said that Mom was our  foundation,” said Paul. “Dad was the provider and the protector and mom was the foundation. Mom was everything to Scott and me and it is something that will never be replaced. In good times and bad times, mom was always there for both of us.’’

Speaking to his father, Paul noted, “As Mia and Christina said, your love for my mom, how you treated mom, how you provided for mom, how you protected mom – it inspires us every day and will continue to inspire us every day.”

Paul was elected as an alderman and city councillor in Chelsea and it was mother, a popular resident of the city and the daughter of Police Capt. Robert Renfrew, who organized those successful political campaigns.

Paul told the gathering how the doors of the family home were always open to family and friends, thanks to the warmth and kindness of his gracious mother, who made everyone feel welcomed at the Nowicki residence.

“It was always an open door at the house and there was no better time than Christmastime – mom and dad would host both sides of the family and then around 5 o’clock the doors would open and in come all the friends and those are the times I remember,” said Paul. “You realized you were a part of something bigger.”

Addressing his many friends, Paul said, “No matter when you came in to our lives, my mother always loved you guys because you were loyal to Scott and me and that meant a lot to us because my mom respected and liked you so much an that Scott and I made good decisions with our friends.”

In Beverly Nowicki, Chelsea has lost one of its most popular and well-known citizens. The children of Paul and Tracy Nowicki and the grandchildren of Fred Nowicki and Beverly Nowicki are carrying on the family’s legacy with their excellence in athletics, combined with their exemplary character, cordiality, and kindness.

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A Win for the Ages:Rich Maronski Remembers Chelsea’s Greatest Football Thanksgiving Victory

When the Chelsea High School football team trailed Everett High, 20-0, in the 1980 Thanksgiving game, few fans at Chelsea Memorial Stadium thought a Red Devil comeback was possible.

But the crowd of 8,500 spectators would soon witness offensive exploits that would turn this holiday rivalry upside down.

Chelsea quarterback Richard Maronski rifled a 63-yard touchdown pass to Paul Driscoll to ignite the Chelsea rooting section. Maronski then tossed a pass to Butchie Strukel for a two-pointer to close the gap to 20-8.

But Maronski and Driscoll were just getting started. On the next possession, Maronski connected with Driscoll for a 52-yard strike, bringing Chelsea to within one score, 20-14.

With coach Bobby Fee imploring his Chelsea squad to keep the pressure on the Everett defense, it was Maronski again with an 8-yard TD pass to Driscoll. Edwin Lopez booted the PAT to give Chelsea a 21-20 halftime lead.

After intermission, Bobby Fee’s Red Devils would not be denied, adding two more rushing touchdowns by Tony DiRienzo and Scott Leonard to build a 34-20 lead going in to the fourth quarter. Everett scored its last touchdown with five minutes left, but Chelsea ran out the clock on its greatest-ever comeback victory.

Maronski vividly remembers the final game of his junior season.

“What I remember most was the players carrying coach Fee off the field right after the game ended,” recalled Maronski. “And I loved the kids I played football with at Chelsea High. We were very close and to beat Everett made our careers special. They say if you beat Everett you have a winning season and we were able to do that in dramatic fashion.”

As for his three successive touchdown passes to his friend and classmate, Paul Driscoll, Maronski says, “The offensive line [Danny Hurton, Kerry Cole, Keith Barry, Bobby Carolan, Glenn Smith] and our fullback [Greg DePatto] gave me excellent pass protection and I was able to deliver the passes to Paul, who was great that day.”

Maronski, who now serves on the Chelsea School Committee, said the Chelsea-Everett rivalry was special.

“Anyone who played in this series knows what a big game it was,” said Maronski. “The 1980 game is something we all will never forget. I was so happy for

The football stars of the 1980 Chelsea-Everett Thanksgiving game, Tony DiRienzo, Paul Driscoll, Rich Maronski, and Scott Leonard.

The football stars of the 1980 Chelsea-Everett Thanksgiving game, Tony DiRienzo, Paul Driscoll, Rich Maronski, and Scott Leonard.

all the kids, the city of Chelsea, and coach Fee on that day.”

The Chelsea-Everett rivalry ended in 1989, but the memories of this glorious game on a cold and blustery Thanksgiving day at Chelsea Memorial Stadium will live on forever.

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