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Edward Petrocy, founder, owner of jewelry store

Sept. 24, 1920 – Sept. 3, 2013

Edward “Peppy” Petrocy, of East Aurora, founder and owner of Petrocy Jewelers, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and was a Navy veteran.

A watchmaker, he established Petrocy Jewelers in 1946 and operated a store on Dale Road in Cheektowaga for so many years that the Town of Cheektowaga changed the name of a nearby street to Peppy’s Place. That store closed in 2005, but his son Tracy continues the family business in a shop on Main Street in East Aurora.

A Chamber of Commerce member, Mr. Petrocy was a lifetime member of Rescue Hose Company 1 in Cheektowaga and a charter member of the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Tamarack Sportsmen’s Club.

An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of the East Aurora Country Club, won numerous golf tournaments and shot two holes-in-one. He also was a bowler, a baseball player, a deep-sea fisherman and a deer hunter.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Regina Bagrowski; four sons, Jeffrey, Kevin, Lindsay and Tracy; and a daughter, Renee Pollinger.

Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Blvd., Depew.

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