Oct. 11, 1925 – Jan. 3, 2014
Valentine A. “Bill” Kazinski, of Amherst, a journeyman electrician and World War II veteran, died last Friday in Rosa Coplon Skilled Nursing Facility, Getzville. He was 88.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and served in the Navy during World War II as an electrician’s mate third class aboard a rescue tug. He took part in the Normandy invasion, the invasion of southern France and the rescue of four Liberty Ships.
Returning from service, Mr. Kazinski worked for 35 years as a journeyman electrician for Local 41, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He worked on major construction projects throughout Western New York, northern Pennsylvania and New York City, including the construction of Ralph Wilson Stadium and New York City’s Pan-Am Building.
An avid golfer, he won numerous local tournaments in the 1960s and 1970. For many years, he played at Audubon Golf Course in Amherst.
He was an original member of the Buffalo Bills Boosters and a season ticket holder until the 1980s. A longtime friend of Bills tight end Ernie Warlick, he often appeared on Warlick’s television show.
Mr. Kazinski also was a musician who played piano by ear, as well as drums. He sat in with many local bands in the 1950s and 1960s.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Gloria Waldorf; two sons, Charles and Kurt; two daughters, Valerie Aronson and Glory Tonnies; five granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Feb. 8 in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.