Dennis H. Baczkowski of Buffalo, who founded and owned a canvas and upholstery business, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 64.
Mr. Baczkowski was born in Buffalo and lived here his entire life. He attended local schools, graduating from Burgard High School.
He founded Magner Canvas & Upholstery in the early 1960s and ran the company until the time of his death.
Mr. Baczkowski was recognized by then-Bishop Edward D. Head of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for his charitable work on behalf of disabled children.
He had a passionate interest in horse racing and frequently called his daughters with tips for betting on big races. One daughter, Lisa Steszewski, said he correctly predicted the last five winners of the Kentucky Derby.
So perhaps it was no coincidence that he married his wife, Marilyn Gianni Baczkowski, on Kentucky Derby day in 1962. He briefly stepped away from his wedding reception to watch the race on a nearby television, his family recalled.
Surviving in addition to his wife and daughter are four other daughters, Sheri Wild, Holly, Brandi Arcara and Kristy Bradshaw, and a sister, Christine Yetzer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Gualbert Church, 83 Gualbert Ave., Cheektowaga.