Frank L. Borodzik Sr., a retired Buffalo firefighter, died Monday in his Buffalo home after a long illness. He was 73.
A graduate of Seneca Vocational High School, he joined the Buffalo Fire Department in 1959 and was assigned to Engine 1, Ladder 2 at the Ellicott Street firehouse until his 1988 retirement.
Mr. Borodzik received the Commissioner's Citation for Individual Performance and an Honorable Mention Certificate from the Buffalo Fire Board related to a 1968 fire on South Division Street. He also earned an Erie County emergency care first responder certificate in 1985. He was a member of Local 282, Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association.
An amateur athlete, Mr. Borodzik particularly enjoyed playing softball. A catcher, he played for a number recreational league teams, including Top Hill Fishing Club, S.A.C. Softball, Julia's Restaurant, Kogot's and the Nickel Plate Railroad.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Helen Satlawa Borodzik; six daughters, Christine Smith, Cynthia Kobus, Bonnie Borodzik, Barbara Nelson, Cathy Drdul and Karen Helinski, all of Buffalo; a son, Frank Jr. of Buffalo; a sister, Nancy Marciniak of Lancaster; two brothers, Richard of West Seneca and Michael of Buffalo; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in SS. Rita & Patrick Catholic Church after prayers in Pietszak Funeral Home. Burial was be in Lakeside Memorial Park, Hamburg.