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Thaddeus J. Kociencki Jr., retired railway yard master

Sept. 9, 1934 – July 1, 2014

Thaddeus J. “Ted” Kociencki Jr. of Akron died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo. He was 79.

Mr. Kociencki grew up on the East Side of Buffalo. With boyhood friends, he nurtured his love of the burgeoning genre of rock ’n’ roll. He served in the National Guard for several years.

He supported his sister, the late Joyce Lorenz, a music-business insider who went under the name “Mickey Turntable” during the founding of WBLK with “Hound Dog” George Lorenz. By day he worked at Bethlehem Steel and retired as yard master from South Buffalo Railway in 1981.

He was a supporter of several social causes including the Girl Scouts, which gave his daughter, Kimberly, early leadership training. He was active with the SPCA, Food Bank of Western New York and Meals on Wheels.

A gun enthusiast, he maintained a membership in the Buffalo Rifle and Gun Club on Union Road and the Brook and Field Gun Club. He was a member of the Spiritualist Church and grand master of the Rosecrucian Order.

After the death of his first wife, the former Dawn I. Swick, in 1987, he met and married Elizabeth Wilsdorf.

Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by two grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Alma A. Harrison and Kim C. Harrison; and a stepson, John C. Harrison.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Harris Hill Chapel, Amigone Funeral Home Inc., 8440 Main St., Clarence.

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