Bishop Dolegiewicz dies at 55; strong friend to many
Bishop Dolegiewicz: One of world’s strongest men
Al Oerter has another friend in Heaven. Zbigniew “Bishop” Dolegiewicz, a two-time Canadian Olympian (1976 discus and 1984 shot) died Tuesday night at the age of 55, according to an email sent to many in the throws community, including masters thrower Tom Fahey. “Sorry for being the bearer of sad news,” the writer said. “I just got off the phone with Rich Marks where he was informed by Jim McGoldrick that Big Bishop Dolegiewicz passed away last night in his sleep. Bish was 55 years old and has been in poor health the past few years. May we all stay in good health.” Our condolences to his family and friends, especially his young thrower wife Anna.
A post on the Track & Field News message board added:
Bishop Dolegiewicz, former Candian Record Holder in the shotput and Olympian, died yesterday in Utah. He has been in poor health for the past few years suffering from cardio and circulation problems. He briefly attended the University of Texas in the early 70’s. Bish was only 56 and will be missed by many in the throwing world.