Longtime Green Bay Packers executive and former team accountant Richard “Dick” Blasczyk passed away on June 13 [obit]. 87-year-old Blasczyk, a native of Pulaski, WI, worked for the Pack from 1976-1994.
Blasczyk served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war, married his high school sweetheart, and worked as finance manager at a Pulaski Ford dealership for 20 years before a friend of his who was also a Packers executive committee member encouraged him to apply for an open accountant position with the team.
Former Packers CEO Bob Harlan, who started his Green Bay career in 1971 as assistant general manager, had an office next to Blasczyk; Blasczyk could hear Harlan’s convos with players and was shocked at how much the team was paying players and coaches.
“Dick was just startled at the numbers,” Harlan said. “I’m talking signing bonuses of two or three thousand dollars. He couldn’t believe it. He was a very typical Pulaski person who watched his numbers very carefully.”
Blasczyk was the team’s controller when he retired in 1994.
“He was a heck of a guy to work with. He would listen and adapted very well,” Harlan said. “He was a quiet, reserved man. Very capable.”
Richard “Dick” Blasczyk [Green Bay Press Gazette obiturary]