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Henry S. "Skip" Skrzypczak, retired Buffalo detective sergeant

 May 22, 1921 - March 3, 2017

Henry S. Skrzypczak, Buffalo law enforcement detective sergeant, task force agent, Niagara Mohawk Security Officer and WWII veteran, died March 3 in Canandaigua. He was 95.

A native of Buffalo and longtime resident of Snyder, Mr. Skrzypczak attended Hutchinson-Central Technical High School, and Robertson School of Aviation - Lambert Field in St. Louis. He was a member of the Army National Guard and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 serving in the China Burma India Theater. He was stationed in India for three years.

He joined the Buffalo Police Department as a patrolman in 1945 where for six years he was assigned to Precinct 11-Broadway. He was later promoted to detective and in 1960 was promoted to detective sergeant by Police Commissioner Frank N. Felicetta for “outstanding police work.”

Skrzypczak became one of the first Buffalo police officers assigned to work with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and graduate from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs school as a Task Force Agent. His storied career involved undercover investigative work which resulted in hundreds of arrests and indictments.

For his role in the capture of three gunmen involved in a first-degree robbery in 1959, he was awarded the Kneeland B. Wilkes Award for outstanding police action and meritorious service, and received praise from Detective Sgt. Charles A. Quinn, leader of the West Side Squad.

In 2006, he was recognized at the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s reunion celebration as the “most senior” guest.

After his retirement from law enforcement, Skrzypczak continued his career in security at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.

He enjoyed traveling with his family and was a lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills, Sabres and St. Bonaventure Bonnies.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, the former Barbara Skorupski; two daughters, Judith Savarise and Jacqueline Lanzillo; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder.

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