Joseph Duzak, a former Buffalo city official and labor leader, died Thursday (Dec. 20, 1990) in St. Petersburg, Fla., after a long illness. He was 77.
A native of Buffalo, Duzak served in 1981 as interim director of Memorial Auditorium and the old War Memorial Stadium in the administration of Mayor Griffin. He became a city employee in 1973 and worked in various positions, including benefits manager.
Duzak was a sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II and participated in the invasion of the South Pacific island of Guadalcanal. He returned to Buffalo in 1946 and was elected business agent of Local 110, American Federation of Grain Millers, a job he held for 26 years.
A softball pitcher, Duzak was elected to the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame. He bowled on several classic league teams and once served as scorekeeper for the television show "Beat the Champ."
Duzak is survived by a sister, Catheryne E. Nugent of Sunrise, Fla.; a daughter, Sandra of San Rafael, Calif., and three sons, Thomas of Pittsburgh, Allen of San Francisco and James of Boise, Idaho. A memorial service for Duzak will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the Amigone Funeral Home, 569 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.