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Frank Niemiec Sr., ex-School Board member Feb. 13, 1923 -- Feb. 4, 2006

Frank J. Niemiec Sr. of Buffalo, a former member of the Buffalo Board of Education, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 82.

He retired as a foreman for Plascon Industries.

An opponent of forced school busing, Mr. Niemiec was appointed to the School Board in 1973 by Mayor Stanley Makowski after serving as president of the Concerned Citizens of Riverside & Black Rock and president of

FORUM, a citywide federation of citizens groups.

A Buffalo native and graduate of School 42 and Technical High School, Mr. Niemiec attended the University of Buffalo.

In 1976, he ran for the State Senate from the 55th District on the Republican and Conservative lines.

A past president of the Northwest Community Center, Mr. Niemiec was named 1980 Citizen of the Year by the AmPol Eagle newspaper.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Virginia Pastor; a daughter, Lori Smith of Plainfield, Conn.; three sons, Frank J. Jr. and Michael, both of Buffalo, and Joseph of the City of Tonawanda; a sister, Florence Marston of Clinton, Md.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in James E. Grace Funeral Home, 335 Ontario St. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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