Andrew Floyd Dulik, 79: A life-long Navy man

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BATH — Andrew Floyd Dulik, 79, died at Mid Coast Hospital on Nov. 6 surrounded by his family.

Born on Sept. 1, 1932, in Catasauqua, Pa., he was the son of Anna and Andrew M. Dulik. In 1951 he graduated valedictorian of the Catasauqua High School where he was also an outstanding athlete. He was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986 and, in 2006, his high school inducted him into their hall of fame in recognition of his stellar high school career.

After high school, Dulik briefly enrolled at Lehigh University and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Nov. 13, 1951. He entered recruit training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. and attended three months of “A” school at Lakehurst, N.J. as an Airman Aerographer’s mate. Following a year at the Naval Academy Prep School he was awarded a Fleet Appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

During his career at the United States Naval Academy, he earned multiple awards for sharpshooting and was a member of the varsity soccer and basketball teams. He was elected to the small All-American College Basketball team during his senior year.

On June 7, 1957 he graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in science and married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Scherer, the following day. They were together for over 54 years at the time of his death.

As a newly married couple, they traveled to Pensacola, Fla., where he began his 22-year career in flight school at Saufley Field. Over the next several years, they bounced around the country, following Dulik’s orders and in March of 1974, he reported to Detachment Brunswick, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group, Atlantic Fleet and assumed the duties of the administrative officer and assistant officer in charge. His collateral duties included Department Head of the Anti-Submarine Warfare, Aviation Training Aids departments and watch officer duties at the survival, evasion, resistance and escape training school at the Redington Training Facility in Rangely. On June 28, 1976, he assumed command as Officer-in-Charge, Detachment Brunswick.

While stationed at the Brunswick Naval Air Station, Dulik completed postgraduate studies at the University of Southern Maine and was awarded a master’s in education in May, 1976.
 
Immediately after retirement he was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation in Augusta, Maine as a production manager. He also enjoyed being a personal caregiver for a gentleman with cerebral palsy and was a salesperson for Merrill’s Carpet in Brunswick.

His family will remember him as very curious, energetic and industrious, always happiest when immersed in a project such as the “Hawaii Room” addition to his home. He greatly enjoyed playing the piano, guitar and singing. He sang in his church choir and enjoyed attending performances at the Brunswick Music Theater.

Dulik was a member of Toastmasters International, a literacy volunteer and cashier at the Bath Memorial Hospital Coffee Shop.

During the four years he spent at the United States Naval Academy, Dulik rose early most mornings prior to his academic responsibilities to attend Mass, as he was very devout in his religious beliefs. He was elected president of the St. Mary’s Parish Council in Bath and was among the first layman lectures and cantors.
 
He was predeceased by a son, Matthew Dulik.

He is survived by his wife, Marge; children Mark Dulik and his wife Mary and their four children, Betsy Lane and her husband Steve, AJ and his wife Katie and their children, Kathy Henrikson and her husband Kris and their three children, and Karyn Belanger and her husband John; great grandson Marshall Dulik; sisters Anna Broccari, Theresa Eder and her husband Robert, Peggy Dulik, Mary Tracy and her husband Dick, and Jane Miller and her husband Glen; brothers Mike Dulik and his wife Emma and Paul Dulik and his wife Millie; and many nieces and nephews.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International at 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10004 or the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.

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