Edward A. Popaduch of Wheatfield, a longtime General Motors employee and honored volunteer firefighter, died unexpectedly in his home Monday. He was 93.
Mr. Popaduch was born in Buffalo and was employed as a tool grinder in GM's Engine Plant in the Town of Tonawanda for 40 years. Over the years, he received many awards for his innovative ideas to improve the quality of production. He retired in 1979.
As an active member of Adams Fire Company in Wheatfield, Mr. Popaduch was heralded for his bravery and skills, even when he was off-duty. While attending a wedding in Utica, he used cardiopulmonary resuscitation to save a man's life. Mr. Popaduch will be posthumously awarded the department's 50-year membership pin.
A rugged outdoorsman, he was still driving his tractor in the midst of snowstorms, clearing driveways in his neighborhood at age 89.
His wife of 67 years, Helen A. Jakubowski Popaduch, died Dec. 11.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara A. Kowalski and Marcia C., and a sister, Bernice Jasinski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1419 Falls St., Niagara Falls.