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Frank and Martin Wukovits, father and son, died on same day

Frank A. Wukovits, a champion marksman, was under care at Hospice Buffalo when he died Thursday at age 89.

Six hours later, his oldest son, Martin Wukovits, suffered a fatal heart attack, dying the same day. He was 65.

A joint Mass of Christian Burial will be held for both men at 10 a.m. Monday, April 16, in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

Frank Wukovits was born in Buffalo July 29, 1928, and lived in the area all his life. He was a graduate of Hutchinson Technical High School and a Canisius College alumni, and served in the Army before going to work at ITT Standard in 1951. He worked there for 40 years, retiring as advertising manager in 1991.

For much of his adult life, however, Mr. Wukovits was best known for his success in bulls-eye pistol shooting on the state and national level. In 1972, he became the first pistol shooter in the country to fire a .22 caliber perfect score record of 300-11X in the National Rifle Association short course at the West Point Invitational match.

He held the Standard Point Civilian record of 571 fired in 1973, and in 1970 and 1971 he was the high .22 caliber civilian shooter at the National Matches, held in Camp Perry, Ohio.

He was awarded the Elihu Root Medal in 1972 for being one of the top .45 caliber shooters in the United States and held many local records. He was a medal winner in seven Empire State Games and was New York State Indoor Champion 10 times and Outdoor Champion seven times.

Mr. Wukovits was a life member of the NRA, the Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club and the Clarence Shooting Club, and was captain of the NRA/USA team, which competes internationally.

After his retirement from ITT, Mr. Wukovits volunteered with Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, reading for the blind on-air for several years.

He and his wife of 65 years, the former Theresa Schmidt, raised their three sons – Martin, Paul and Matthew – in Cheektowaga, where Mr. Wukovits was a member of the St. Vincent dePaul Society at Infant of Prague Church as well as a greeter for Sunday Mass.

Martin Wukovits

His son, Martin, was born March 20, 1953, and lived in West Seneca. He worked most recently as a sales representative for RMF Books, but spent much of his career working with young people.

He was the first man to be a kindergarten teacher in the Orchard Park Central School District, and was a Little League baseball coach in the 1970s. He was dean of discipline at Cardinal O'Hara High School for about seven years in the 1990s and taught English composition for Bryant & Stratton College for several years.

Martin Wukovits also was a fan of Halloween, co-hosting the "Comedy of Fears Halloween Haunt and Horror" video podcast and helping to organize and run a Halloween haunted house in Kenmore for several years to benefit the Food Bank of WNY.

He co-created and hosted a sports comedy AM radio show called "Manny in the House," and, although he was loyal to the San Francisco Giants baseball team and the Dallas Cowboys, his brother Matthew says Martin maintained an "affection" for the Buffalo Bills, just to please him.

In addition to Mrs. Wukovits and her other two sons, the men are survived by Martin's daughters, Kristin Risch and Deanna Rizzotto, and his four granddaughters. Martin is also survived by his companion, Pamela Morrison.

 

 

 

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