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Theophil W. Skrzypek, retired postal carrier

April 16, 1943 – April 13, 2016

Theophil W. Skrzypek, a retired postal letter carrier and longtime Hamburg resident, died Wednesday, three days before his 73rd birthday, in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Lackawanna, he was a 1961 graduate of Hamburg High School.

Mr. Skrzypek began working in 1969 as a letter carrier out of the Hamburg post office, where his identical twin brother, Frank, also was a letter carrier. He served the same route in the Lake Shore Road area for 25 years. One of his stops was St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, which held a Phil Skrzypek Day when he was transferred to a new route. He retired in 2001.

From 2004 to 2015, he was a driver for Transportation Services at Chautauqua Institution, taking visitors around the grounds by tram and bus. At Chautauqua, he also served as president and a board member of the Episcopal Cottage.

He was a life member of the Scranton Volunteer Fire Company in Hamburg, which he joined in 1968. He held the offices of president, recording secretary, EMS captain and lieutenant. The company presented him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

He moved from Hamburg to Silver Creek in 1994. He and his wife spent many winters in Williamsburg, Va., where they were members of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. He was a lifelong baseball fan.

His first wife, the former Jane Dominy, died in 1990. He was married to the former Gayle Bernhardt in 1992.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Brian and Christopher; two daughters, Catherine and Ellen; a stepson, Charles Kelb; two stepdaughters, Barbara Nelson and Karen Hall; his twin brother, Frank; two sisters, Dorothy Doherty and Betty Irvine; and nine grandchildren.

A Service of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Day St., Fredonia.

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