Ronald R. Potorski
Ronald R. Potorski, 81 of Salem, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston from complications from Covid 19. He was the devoted husband of the late Helen S. (Solodiuk) Potorski with with whom he shared 56 year of marriage.
Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Alexander and Marie (Viel) Potorski. He joined the Air Force and he and Helen drove from Salem to Alaska, where he was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks. Karen, their first born was born in Alaska and a year later, when they returned home, the family settled in Peabody and Darrin was born. Ron was a Master Machinist, first working for Danvers Foundry and Machine Co. for many years. This was followed by Pearce Equipment in Danvers and later Gloucester until his retirement. Following his retirement he and Helen enjoyed wintering in Florida. Recently, he was freelance troubleshooter for National Fish and Dunkin Donuts as well as side jobs for friends.
Growing up on the water, Ron was an avid boater and fisherman. He belonged to the Crow II Club, and was a life member of the Palmer Cove Yacht Club. He was also a long time member and bar manager of the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 55 of which he was recently elected Post Treasurer. Over the years he belonged to many other Polish organizations but, Post 55 was home. Ron also loved bowling and joined several leagues including the old Salem Chamber of Commerce, Matula Oil Co. Ron also enjoyed his Friday night card games with his friends.
Ron is survived by his son, Darin S. Potorski and his wife Jennifer of Peabody, three brothers, Albert A. Potorski of Florida, John A. Potorski and his wife Theresa of Peabody, Walter R. Potorski of Salem as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife he was predeceased by his daughter Karen and brother Robert.
Relatives and friends are invited to his visiting hours at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St. [Route 114 / 1-A] Salem on Monday, January 4th, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. His Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday at the St. John Paul II Shrine of Devine Mercy and will be private. All guests must wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing following Massachusetts guidelines. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the St. John Paul II Shrine of Devine Mercy, 28 St. Peter St., Salem, MA 01970. For guestbook and to send a message of support to the family, please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com