Aug. 30, 1942 – June 5, 2014
Aloysius “Al D” Dziadaszek, founder of A-1 Vending Co. and a longtime resident of Cheektowaga, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He was 71.
Mr. Dziadaszek was born in Buffalo and attended School 44. He started working as a shoeshine boy when he was 10 years old and at 14 became a pin setter at Town Edge Lanes in Kaisertown. It was there that he discovered his passion for bowling.
He became the youngest bowler in Buffalo to bowl a 740 set (total score for three games) when he was 16 and joined the Professional Bowlers Association. He went on to appear several times on “Beat the Champ,” the popular bowling show hosted by Chuck Healy on WBEN-TV.
He married Peggy Setlock when he was 17 and looked for a more reliable way to support his growing family. While working as a mechanic for Service Systems, he acquired some unwanted vending machines, refurbished them and found locations to set them up – the beginning of his own business. He started with one machine outside a gas station and went from there, with his vending machines becoming fixtures at campuses, businesses and manufacturing plants. Eventually the entire family worked with him to build the successful company.
Mr. Dziadaszek enjoyed working and told his six children, “Work will fix everything. If something is wrong, go to work.” He semi-retired in 2009, when his oldest son, Greg, took over the business.
He also was an advocate for children’s charities, including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Christian Children’s Fund and Smile Train.
He was a member of the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce and the Polish Businessmen’s Association, and a diehard Buffalo Bills fan.
Besides his wife and oldest son, Mr. Dziadaszek is survived by sons Mark and Michael; three daughters, Cynthia Santoro, Cheryl Flury and Christine “Tina;” 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1990 Clinton St.