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Donald P. Metlak, an Alexander resident with expertise in weaponry and self-defense training, died unexpectedly Monday (Dec. 20, 1999) in Genesee Memorial Hospital in Batavia. He was 49.

Metlak, a Buffalo native, graduated from Kensington High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was discharged in 1970.

He retired from his position as fireman with Conrail in 1984 and from his position as a corrections officer at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility in Attica in 1995.

During his time at the correctional facility, Metlak built a reputation as a weapons expert, instructing guards and prison officials in the use of many kinds of guns. He attended special classes in Albany to polish his skills with weaponry and self-defense training.

Metlak was an active member of the Attica Rod & Gun Club and belonged to several regional railroad clubs. He loved model railroading.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Goodemote Metlak; three daughters, Darcy Azzarella of Sor-ingvale, Maine, and Wendy Seiferth and Tammy Stachowiak, both of Attica; a brother, Walter Czaska of Angola; a sister, Florence Seagrave of Alden; and two grandsons.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main St., Attica.


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