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Joseph A. Judkiewicz, retired Buffalo detective March 19, 1928 -- April 23, 2012

Joseph A. Judkiewicz of Cheektowaga, a retired Buffalo police detective who helped convict the .22 Caliber Killer, died Monday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, the only boy in a family of six children, he attended St. Stanislaus School and was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

After working as an engineer for the South Buffalo Railway, he joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1958 and advanced to detective. His last assignment before he retired in 1991 was in Commissioner Ralph V. Degenhart's office.

During his stint with the Identification Bureau in the early 1980s, Mr. Judkiewicz collected and examined evidence that helped convict the .22 Caliber Killer, Joseph Christopher, of killing two black men and a youth in the Buffalo area. He gave key testimony at Christopher's trial.

He was a member of Adam Plewacki Post 799, American Legion. He enjoyed sports, especially basketball, as a young man, when he was a member of the St. Stanislaus Athletic Club. He also was a golfer and a bowler.

His wife of 39 years, the former Mary T. Hanlon, died in 2004.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph J. and Michael; a daughter, Lisa McNutt; and a sister, Irene Ratajczak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Martha Catholic Church, formerly our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, 10 French Road, Depew.

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