Michael J. Kobelecki, 61, of Westport, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Kobelecki had recently undergone chemotherapy treatment and a stem cell transplant in his battle against cancer.
Michael was born in Fall River on November 22, 1951. He was the son of the late Katherine A. (Kitty) Dorney and Harry J. Kobelecki. He was the brother of the late Jeffrey S. Kobelecki. He leaves behind his beloved son, Jason M. Kobelecki, of Tiverton.
Mr. Kobelecki was a 1970 graduate of Durfee High School and a proud member of the cross country and track teams. He received an Associate’s Degree from Bristol Community College, where he was a member of the basketball team, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Roger Williams University.
Michael began his career as a social worker and adult counselor at Walpole State Prison in Massachusetts before transferring to the Adult Correctional Institute in Cranston where he served for 36 years. Michael was a member of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers.
He leaves behind his former wife, Debra Martins, of Tiverton. He also leaves behind close friends, Michael Harris and Michael Solomon, both of Rhode Island.
Michael and his family were grateful for the medical care he received from the Rhode Island Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s name can be made to any of the above listed hospitals.
Services will be held at Boyko Memorial Funeral Home, 709 Broadway in Fall River. Waking hours will be on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. and a funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s cemetery in Fall River. www.boykomemorial.com