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Leo J. Polasik, 91, ex-Gowanda mayor, specialty steel salesman
Jan. 30, 1917 -- Sept. 18, 2008

Leo J. Polasik, who served as mayor of Gowanda from 1989 to 1993, died Thursday in Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was 91.

Born in Salamanca, he was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Forces and was based on Guam.

A specialty steel salesman, he worked for Allegheny-Ludlum Steel Co. in Dunkirk, retiring in 1973 after 35 years of service.

Active in Gowanda politics, Mr. Polasik served on the Village Board from 1978 to 1989 before being elected mayor.

He was a life member of James Cruden Post 5007, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and served as post commander for 15 years until May. He also served on the VFW board of directors.

Mr. Polasik also was a member of Post 409, American Legion, in Gowanda. He also served on the advisory board of the state Department of Correctional Services and was an honorary member of the New York State Troopers Association.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Dorothy M. Brissau; two brothers, Paul "Pete" and Carl; three sisters, Lucille Budzinski, Annastasia Sipko and Marie Griehm.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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