John Bieniewicz Family‏

$181,440 of $200k goal

Raised by 2,466 people in 29 months
John Bieniewicz was a man who lived life to the fullest. He had a
passion for his family, a passion for the kids at Mott Children's
Hospital, and a passion for soccer. John died doing what he loved:
officiating a soccer game. John was a licensed soccer referee at all
levels, professional, collegiate, high school and children's leagues,
was the president of the Metro Detroit Soccer Officials Organization,
and would often referee 3 games on a Saturday. He also took a particular
interest in all the children he worked with Monday thru Friday at the
pediatric dialysis center at Mott, and reveled in their improvement and
happiness. But most importantly, he was a devoted family man, a proud
husband and father of two boys. The boys will miss his fatherly
guidance and support but they will also miss his financial support, and
we are here to help that in a small way. If you were touched by John, or
merely share his love of soccer, we ask that in his name you donate to
his children's futures. We thank you in advance, and wish you God's
blessings. --The Friends of John Bieniewicz
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Update 10
Posted by Greg Acho
28 months ago
Thank You To Eric Ladwig of UPS on 5 mile In Livonia, who ran a
fundraising effort for the Bieniewicz family last week. It is greatly
appreciated!
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Update 9
Posted by Greg Acho
29 months ago
Please come out and support!
Thank You Chicos!
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Update 8
Posted by Greg Acho
29 months ago
On behalf of the John Bieniewicz Family, we would like to express our gratitude at the outpouring of support--both emotionally and financially--that the family has received in the wake of this tragedy. We never dreamed the story would resonate across the world as it has, and we are truly humbled at the thousands of people who have donated and hundreds of personal emails and messages of support. Thanks to all of you, the family will make it through this tough time. We will never forget any of you and we pray that God blesses all of you and your families. --The Friends of John Bieniewicz
Extra Special Thanks To:
CTE Media Group and Computer Tech Express
The Detroit Catholic Central Family, Fr. Huber, Dan Collins, Shaun Sova
CC Class of '88--too many to name individually. God bless you all for the support.
Frank Beckmann
Elisha Anderson
Mike Householder
Francisco Villaruel
Roger Faulkner
US Soccer Federation
Carlos Folino
Canton FC--for setting up the JohnBieniewiczFoundation and Memorial Golf Classic
Detroit FC--for the moment of silence at the 44th minute.
Joe Maiorana of Joe's Produce
Chief Curtis Caid, Livonia PD
Orville Borg of FTD Flowers who donated funeral wreath and sprays--they were beautiful.
Pastor Paul of Hosanna Tabor Lutheran Church in Redford--you gave John a beautiful sendoff.
Scott and Norm LaPage, Eastside Mario's
Cheryl Stern, Doc's Sports Retreat
Cattails Golf Club of Canton
Mott Children's Hospital
Huntington Bank
Westland Fire Dept.
Detroit Receiving Hospital
Gift of Life
FIFA
Every Soccer Organization and Referee's Organization who has reached out and donated--God bless you all.
The Cub Scouts
The Kids Who Ran The Lemonade Stand and Donated All the Profits. We love you!
Finally, an extra big thank you for the incredible generosity to the amazing people of "The Listserv" that Benny loved so much. John loved all of you.
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Update 7
Posted by Greg Acho
29 months ago
Doc's Sports Retreat is hosting an
All You Can Eat Pasta Buffet
Fundraiser to support the family of John Bienienwicz
19265 Victor Parkway
Livonia • 734-542-8162
(All profits go to the family)
$10 Buffet includes:
Choice of 3 pastas
Choice of 3 sauces
Salad & Breadsticks
Silent Giveaway
for many items including:
Miller Lite Golf Bag with clubs
Dos XX Cooler
Game Tickets
Gift Cards
Miller Lite Cooler
and much more!
Wednesday, July 30 6-10pm
For the Family of John Bieniewicz
Tickets Available at Doc’s Sports Retreat or the day of the event.
John Bieniewicz Fundraiser
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Justin Langley
21 months ago

I knew John when I worked at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse in the mid-1990's. He and I worked many a hockey and basketball game together. He ran the scoreboard and did the announcing of the games. John was a really nice person, a fair guy. I offer my most sincere condolences to his family. I know it must be unimaginably painful for them, and I wish them the absolute best. It is a true tragedy, and John will be missed. Rest in peace, John.

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Peter Cunningham
29 months ago

I was very sad to hear of the death of a brother referee, I am a referee in England and have just returned from reffing at the USA Cup in Blaine Minnesota, and at the referees banquet with over 400 officals from all over the world we had a minutes silence for John and another referee who had passed away. it was very well marked.

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Barbara Chudzik
29 months ago

Thanks to Kimberly Zatkoff who mentioned the RESPECT THE GAME BRACELET. I found the site online and just ordered my USA bracelet. I hope others will do the same to show their support.

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Kimberly Zatkoff
29 months ago

I received my RESPECT THE GAME BRACELET today. So proud to show my support for this amazing family.

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Roger Faulkner
29 months ago

The US Soccer Foundation should be included on this list. Their major donation was quite separate from that of the Federation.

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Shelley Graunke
29 months ago

U16 boys Canton Celtic did a bottle drive today and are donating $351.00! Great job boys

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Gary Skolnick
29 months ago

As a brother New Jersey Soccer Official I want to send out my heart felt condolences to your family . Our thoughts, prayers, and support are with you. Thank You for being a Role Model to all the people you have touched in your life through your selfless giving !

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Melissa Pierce
29 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the Bieniewicz family. My older brother and I lived down the street from the family and spent some time with Jim. John would sometimes have come over to get Jim. I am deeply sadden about this tragic loss.

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Carl Kudla
29 months ago

I'm representing the SENIOR MENS SOFTBALL PLAYERS that participated from the Mon & Wed morning SHELBY TWP. LEAGUE. I was the UMPIRE-IN-CHARGE last season, and umpired and played in the league for many years! I have many friendships and relationships over the years. Even women/wifes/friends of players donated. Actual amount was $212.62. My 30 years as a SPORTS OFFICIAL in 4 different sports(Baseball,Softball,Basketball,Volleyball) compeled me to DO THIS DONATION. I'll be attending the upcoming days best I can. "GOD BLESS" Johns' family and friends. the NASO.ORG and JIM ACHO should be recognized by all of us for a marvelous effort! Carl 'THE UMP' Kudla (retired). ckudla@att.net P.S. I emailed hundreds of people on this days ago, and some also have donated. I want to "THANK", personally, all that donated.

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Andy Sotiropoulos
29 months ago

On behalf of Ethnikos Chicago F.C. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Bieniewicz family on their tragic loss. In memory of John, Ethnikos will wear black armbands during this Sundays match. May God rest his soul and may his family and loved ones find comfort and healing in this time of lass.

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Andy Sotiropoulos
29 months ago

On behalf of the Illinois State Soccer Association and Premier Soccer League of Chicagoland (PSL), I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Bieniewicz family on their tragic loss. In honor of John, the PSL will observe a minute of silence before every match in all six divisions this Saturday and Sunday. May God rest his soul and may his family and loved ones find comfort and healing in this time of loss.

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Lois Vuoncino
29 months ago

We were so saddened by your family's loss. This was such a senseless incident. Sending thoughts and prayers for comfort and healing going forward.

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Brad Perry
29 months ago

I haven't been a part of John's life in many years. I remember him as being a great guy, passionate about sports, his friends and foremost his family. John made a profound impact on my life and so many others, knowing him, I've learned to be passionate about what you love and the people that are part of your life. He will leave a positive, lasting legacy for many people.

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Cheryl Flis
29 months ago

Our family sends it's deepest and most sincere condolences to the Bieniewicz family during this difficult time. We love the game of soccer and appreciate every referee that we are given. I have a husband and son who also referees for soccer. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for all of you. May God bring you some comfort in knowing that John is at peace and would want us all to continue on for the love of soccer. Let us all learn from this horrific event and not criticize but show utmost respect towards our referees during matches both by the players and the spectators. He didn't deserve this fate so deliberately handed to him.

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Jonathan Turner
29 months ago

http://www.proreferees.com/news-john-bieniewicz.php PRO statement on John Bieniewicz The Professional Referee Organization is saddened by the death of referee John Bieniewicz this past Tuesday from an injury sustained while working an adult soccer match near Detroit. In honor of his memory PRO officials will be wearing black armbands for this week’s matches. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mr Bieniewicz.

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Freedom Fastpitch
29 months ago

John was my son Ryan's soccer coach on the U9 Chargers last fall and this spring. We were so looking forward to John being Ryan's coach again this fall. In our experience, John's passion for the game was exceeded only by his passion for the kids who were playing it. John had not only the best interests of our team's kids at heart, but the best interests of all the kids on the field. He sought, and succeeded, in creating an environment where the kids could have fun while learning the game. He knew that the more fun they had, the more they would want to learn. The more they learned, the more fun they would have. Our hearts, while broken by this act of pure evil, go out to John's family, friends and all others who have been touched by John's gentle, caring spirit during our daily walk.

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Shadi Abdulrazek
29 months ago

This is a tragic event that broke our hearts and left us with tears and sorrow. This is a very sad time for soccer fans and the community at large. Our hearts go out to John's family and may his soul rest in peace. May God give you strength and support during this difficult time. Very sorry for your loss.

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Muzammil Ahmed
29 months ago

Our prayers go out to this family for the senseless loss. This strikes so close to home since we all share the same community, work in the hospital and love soccer. May God give us all more patience and wisdom.

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Jennifer Canvasser
29 months ago

My son Micah received care in the pediatric dialysis clinic where John worked, we saw him every day. Our hearts go out to John's family for their tragic loss.

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Luis Alonso
29 months ago

We ref the game for the love of it. Rest in peace fellow official..may you ref the best game up in the heavens with soccers greatest..

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Justin Langley
21 months ago

I knew John when I worked at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse in the mid-1990's. He and I worked many a hockey and basketball game together. He ran the scoreboard and did the announcing of the games. John was a really nice person, a fair guy. I offer my most sincere condolences to his family. I know it must be unimaginably painful for them, and I wish them the absolute best. It is a true tragedy, and John will be missed. Rest in peace, John.

+ Read More
Peter Cunningham
29 months ago

I was very sad to hear of the death of a brother referee, I am a referee in England and have just returned from reffing at the USA Cup in Blaine Minnesota, and at the referees banquet with over 400 officals from all over the world we had a minutes silence for John and another referee who had passed away. it was very well marked.

+ Read More
Barbara Chudzik
29 months ago

Thanks to Kimberly Zatkoff who mentioned the RESPECT THE GAME BRACELET. I found the site online and just ordered my USA bracelet. I hope others will do the same to show their support.

+ Read More
Kimberly Zatkoff
29 months ago

I received my RESPECT THE GAME BRACELET today. So proud to show my support for this amazing family.

+ Read More
Roger Faulkner
29 months ago

The US Soccer Foundation should be included on this list. Their major donation was quite separate from that of the Federation.

+ Read More
Shelley Graunke
29 months ago

U16 boys Canton Celtic did a bottle drive today and are donating $351.00! Great job boys

+ Read More
Gary Skolnick
29 months ago

As a brother New Jersey Soccer Official I want to send out my heart felt condolences to your family . Our thoughts, prayers, and support are with you. Thank You for being a Role Model to all the people you have touched in your life through your selfless giving !

+ Read More
Melissa Pierce
29 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the Bieniewicz family. My older brother and I lived down the street from the family and spent some time with Jim. John would sometimes have come over to get Jim. I am deeply sadden about this tragic loss.

+ Read More
Carl Kudla
29 months ago

I'm representing the SENIOR MENS SOFTBALL PLAYERS that participated from the Mon & Wed morning SHELBY TWP. LEAGUE. I was the UMPIRE-IN-CHARGE last season, and umpired and played in the league for many years! I have many friendships and relationships over the years. Even women/wifes/friends of players donated. Actual amount was $212.62. My 30 years as a SPORTS OFFICIAL in 4 different sports(Baseball,Softball,Basketball,Volleyball) compeled me to DO THIS DONATION. I'll be attending the upcoming days best I can. "GOD BLESS" Johns' family and friends. the NASO.ORG and JIM ACHO should be recognized by all of us for a marvelous effort! Carl 'THE UMP' Kudla (retired). ckudla@att.net P.S. I emailed hundreds of people on this days ago, and some also have donated. I want to "THANK", personally, all that donated.

+ Read More
Andy Sotiropoulos
29 months ago

On behalf of Ethnikos Chicago F.C. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Bieniewicz family on their tragic loss. In memory of John, Ethnikos will wear black armbands during this Sundays match. May God rest his soul and may his family and loved ones find comfort and healing in this time of lass.

+ Read More
Andy Sotiropoulos
29 months ago

On behalf of the Illinois State Soccer Association and Premier Soccer League of Chicagoland (PSL), I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Bieniewicz family on their tragic loss. In honor of John, the PSL will observe a minute of silence before every match in all six divisions this Saturday and Sunday. May God rest his soul and may his family and loved ones find comfort and healing in this time of loss.

+ Read More
Lois Vuoncino
29 months ago

We were so saddened by your family's loss. This was such a senseless incident. Sending thoughts and prayers for comfort and healing going forward.

+ Read More
Brad Perry
29 months ago

I haven't been a part of John's life in many years. I remember him as being a great guy, passionate about sports, his friends and foremost his family. John made a profound impact on my life and so many others, knowing him, I've learned to be passionate about what you love and the people that are part of your life. He will leave a positive, lasting legacy for many people.

+ Read More
Cheryl Flis
29 months ago

Our family sends it's deepest and most sincere condolences to the Bieniewicz family during this difficult time. We love the game of soccer and appreciate every referee that we are given. I have a husband and son who also referees for soccer. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for all of you. May God bring you some comfort in knowing that John is at peace and would want us all to continue on for the love of soccer. Let us all learn from this horrific event and not criticize but show utmost respect towards our referees during matches both by the players and the spectators. He didn't deserve this fate so deliberately handed to him.

+ Read More
Jonathan Turner
29 months ago

http://www.proreferees.com/news-john-bieniewicz.php PRO statement on John Bieniewicz The Professional Referee Organization is saddened by the death of referee John Bieniewicz this past Tuesday from an injury sustained while working an adult soccer match near Detroit. In honor of his memory PRO officials will be wearing black armbands for this week’s matches. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mr Bieniewicz.

+ Read More
Freedom Fastpitch
29 months ago

John was my son Ryan's soccer coach on the U9 Chargers last fall and this spring. We were so looking forward to John being Ryan's coach again this fall. In our experience, John's passion for the game was exceeded only by his passion for the kids who were playing it. John had not only the best interests of our team's kids at heart, but the best interests of all the kids on the field. He sought, and succeeded, in creating an environment where the kids could have fun while learning the game. He knew that the more fun they had, the more they would want to learn. The more they learned, the more fun they would have. Our hearts, while broken by this act of pure evil, go out to John's family, friends and all others who have been touched by John's gentle, caring spirit during our daily walk.

+ Read More
Shadi Abdulrazek
29 months ago

This is a tragic event that broke our hearts and left us with tears and sorrow. This is a very sad time for soccer fans and the community at large. Our hearts go out to John's family and may his soul rest in peace. May God give you strength and support during this difficult time. Very sorry for your loss.

+ Read More
Muzammil Ahmed
29 months ago

Our prayers go out to this family for the senseless loss. This strikes so close to home since we all share the same community, work in the hospital and love soccer. May God give us all more patience and wisdom.

+ Read More
Jennifer Canvasser
29 months ago

My son Micah received care in the pediatric dialysis clinic where John worked, we saw him every day. Our hearts go out to John's family for their tragic loss.

+ Read More
Luis Alonso
29 months ago

We ref the game for the love of it. Rest in peace fellow official..may you ref the best game up in the heavens with soccers greatest..

+ Read More
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