Terry Bladecki of Fairplay died while skiing April 12 in Breckenridge.
Born in Bay City, Mich., to Chester and Arlene Bladecki, Terry developed a love of the outdoors at an early age. Interests of ice skating and baseball were soon replaced by his lifelong passion for skiing.
A certified instructor at the age of 22, the love of the mountains took him to Traverse City, Mich., then, in 1978, to Aspen. With Ajax as his playground, Terry became a member of the legendary Aspen Fliers, a group of friends sharing and expressing their enthusiasm for all things skiing.
Always appreciating the wide-open vistas and majestic “shining” mountains, in 1998 Fairplay and South Park became his home, Breckenridge, Copper and Vail his new skiing playground, the Mosquito’s and Collegiates his tromping grounds.
In addition to skiing, Terry was an accomplished musician, bicyclist, motorcyclist and backcountry hiker and explorer; a voracious reader, a seeker of knowledge, a master of humor.
Terry leaves two sons, Justin Bladecki of Snowmass, and Dylan Bladecki of Tecumseh, Mich.; two stepsons, Jason Goodrich and wife Tracey of Minneapolis, and Colin Goodrich of Glenwood Springs; sister, Brenda Bladecki Johnson, brother-in-law, Bill, a niece and three nephews all of Spring Hill, Fla.; an extended family of relatives and friends, and devoted wife, Diane.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that desired memorials be contributed to organizations enabling the physically challenged to experience and enjoy skiing. Contributions can be made in Terry’s name to: Challenge Aspen, Box M, Aspen, CO 81612, or Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Box 697, Breckenridge, CO 80424.