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Robert Pawelski of Hamburg, a retired machinist and accomplished craftsman, died unexpectedly Wednesday (Nov. 25, 1998) in Mercy Hospital. He was 67.

Pawelski, a Buffalo native, began his career as a machinist in the early 1950s at Bell Aircraft, where he worked until the late 1950s.

He then worked for Worthington Pump as a machinist, moving up to positions as foreman and supervisor, until the plant's closing in 1987. He also worked for Scott Aviation and Curtis Screw Co., from which he retired in 1993.

Pawelski was an accomplished craftsman. He won several ribbons at the Erie County Fair for his woodwork. he also enjoyed making furniture, and made his own grandfather's clock. Pawelski also fashioned his own telescope and a special fishing reel for a friend who suffered a stroke.

He was a member of Southtowns Wood Carvers Association and the Worthington Retirement Club.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Joan Kwitowski; two sons, Robert of West Seneca and Christopher of Hamburg; and one grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park.


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