Thaddeus J. ‘Ted’ Prorok, starter at Transit Valley - The Buffalo News
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Thaddeus J. ‘Ted’ Prorok, starter at Transit Valley

Oct. 5, 1913 – July 28, 2014

Thaddeus J. “Ted” Prorok, of East Aurora, starter at Transit Valley Country Club for 30 years, died Monday in Absolut Care at Orchard Brooke, Orchard Park, where he had been a resident since last fall. He was 100.

Born in Buffalo, he attended East High School and graduated from Buffalo Technical High School.

He had a 40-year railroad career, working for New York Central, Penn Central and Amtrak, and at the Central Terminal in Buffalo as a train starter, yard master and conductor. He retired in 1978.

Mr. Prorok was a familiar figure at Transit Valley, where he became a starter in 1983. The starter’s shack was named in his honor when he retired at age 98.

In his youth, he was a standout baseball player and took spring training with the Buffalo Bisons in 1932. He went on to play shortstop for minor league teams in Elmira and Oswego.

Later, he coached men’s and youth softball for 30 years at St. Barnabas Church and continued playing softball until he was 75.

Also an avid golfer, he became a starter at Transit Valley on recommendation of one of his St. Barnabas ballplayers who was a member at the club.

His wife of 56 years, Emily Walters Prorok, died in 1997.

Survivors include a son, Peter; four daughters, Dianne McMahon, Marcia Lamb, Suzanne and Melissa; a sister, Eleanor Pawlak; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

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