Benjamin V. Muniak, who helped build and maintain the Seabee Memorial on River Road in North Tonawanda, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness. He was 91.
Born in North Tonawanda, Mr. Muniak served in the Navy during World War II as a Seabee, serving in the North Atlantic, the South Pacific, and was among the first troops to occupy Japan.
He worked as a tool and die maker at the General Motors Tonawanda Plant for 40 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Local 774, United Auto Workers, and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
He was a life member of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion; Chapter 120, Disabled American Veterans; and Island X8, Niagara Frontier Navy Seabee Veterans of America.
Mr. Muniak volunteered as an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 164 at Col. Payne School and with the Senior Citizens of the City of Tonawanda, where he was a storefront Santa for many years and provided tax advice for seniors. A recreation room at the center is named in his honor.
His wife, the former Ethel Poeller, died last year.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Dennis; a daughter, Linda Weisenborn; a sister, Bernadette Grzebinski; a one brother, Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.