Edward B. Gajewski, a retired railroad worker and a 50-year member of a Cheektowaga volunteer fire department, died Sunday in St.
Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 88.
Mr. Gajewski was born in Buffalo and graduated from Seneca Vocational High School. He lived most of his life in Cheektowaga.
During World War II, he served in the Army's 539th Field Artillery, based at Fort Hancock, N.J. He served in Germany and France, attaining the rank of technical sergeant.
For 43 years, Mr. Gajewski worked for the railroad, which was New York Central when he started and later Conrail. He was a certified welder in the bridge and building department and was a foreman when he retired in 1970.
For five decades, Mr. Gajewski was a volunteer firefighter with Cheektowaga's Rescue Hose Company No. 1. He held positions in the fire line as well as on the administrative board, including captain, master mechanic director and president.
Mr. Gajewski had a passion for restoring old automobiles. He was especially proud of his 1930 Ford. He also liked repairing bicycles and lawnmowers.
He enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons and was a fan of professional and amateur baseball and hockey.
His wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Balczerzak Gajewski, died in 2003.
Surviving are two sons, James of Cheektowaga and Thomas of Pendleton; a brother, Henry of Lancaster; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. John Gualbert Catholic Church, Cheektowaga. Burial was in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Lancaster.