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Richard L. Kaminski, retired president of L&L Electric Co. and a major general in Commandery 23, Knights of St. John International, died Wednesday (March 25, 1998) in his Cheektowaga home after a long illness. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, Kaminski graduated from Seneca Vocational High School and then served in the merchant marine.

He later became owner and chief executive officer of the electrical-contracting business founded by his father and an uncle. He operated the business until his retirement in 1994, when he turned it over to a son, Richard L. Jr.

The company, at 2266 Clinton St., specializes mostly in commercial electrical work. Its electrical contracts included the Polish National Cathedral and much of the work at Walden Galleria.

Kaminski served as president of the Niagara Frontier Contractors Association and was a member of the Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men. He was elected president of Buffalo Grand Commandery, Knights of St. John, in 1979 and re-elected in 1983. He also served as commander of the Second Regiment, State of New York, of the fraternal organization.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Jean Marczynski; two sons, Richard L. Jr. and Karl of Orchard Park; a brother, Norbert; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst. Entombment will be in Marian Mausoleum of St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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