Daniel A. Kowalski, a self-employed painter, died Tuesday (Feb. 27, 2001) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 49.
In the early 1970s, he worked as a bartender on the Elmwood Strip, and he was voted Best Looking Bartender in 1980. He managed a band, the Fans, during the 1980s.
Born in Buffalo, Kowalski attended St. Gerard's School and was active with its Boy Scout troop, from which he became the youngest Eagle Scout in Western New York.
He graduated from Bishop Turner High School in 1969 and earned a bachelor's degree in management from the University at Buffalo in 1973.
Kowalski taught country line dancing and enjoyed camping, white-water rafting, basketball, racquetball and running.
Survivors include his wife, the former Lori Camp; two sons, Jarrett Kowalski and Wade Danat, both of North Tonawanda; his parents, Daniel and Joan of Depew; three brothers, Michael and Gary, both of Buffalo, and David of Cheektowaga; and six sisters, JoAnn Belliotti and Teri Riggie, both of Buffalo, Judy Iwankow of West Seneca, Lori Lonzi of Cheektowaga, Jill Conway of Lancaster and Patti Valley of Depew.
Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Ascension Catholic Church, 168 Robinson St., North Tonawanda.