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A Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond P. Bojanowski, 74, former Erie County American Legion commander, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in st. Casimir's Catholic Church, Weimer and Casimir streets.

Bojanowski, born in Buffalo, died Tuesday (Sept. 28, 1999) in Mercy Hospital after a long illness.

At the age of 9, he became a charter member of Sons of the Legion of the Adam Plewacki American Legion Post 799. He became interested in the American Legion because his father, Peter, was a charter member of the post and his mother president of its auxiliary.

His wife, the former Helen Szafranski, later would become president of the post's auxiliary.

In 1937, Bojanowski attended his first national convention as a member of the Erie County Sons of the Legion Drum Corps.

He served in the Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he immediately joined the Adam Plewacki Post and was elected post commander in 1960. In 1972, he was elected Erie County commander a position his son James held in 1996.

On the state level, Bojanowski was chairman of many convention parades and drum corps competitions. In 1981, he was recognized by the national American Legion as the Veterans Hospital Volunteer of the Year.

He also was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Survivors include his wife: a daughter, Barbara Rustowicz; two sons, Raymond and James: and seven grandchildren.

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