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Richard S. Kotowski, 84, of Sloan, a retired service station operator, died Tuesday (Jan. 25, 2000) in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Syracuse, he came to Buffalo with his family as a child and was a graduate of McKinley High School.

Originally employed at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Co. in the Town of Tonawanda, he opened Dick's Sunoco on Seneca Street in Buffalo in 1956 and added a second location in 1960 on Harlem Road in West Seneca. He ran both businesses until he retired in 1977.

In retirement, he was an avid reader of the Bible and regularly visited the Off-Track Betting parlor in Cheektowaga.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Jane Mazur; a daughter, Ann Marie Spulecki of Blasdell; two sons, Richard R. of Brisbane, Calif., and Jerry of Amherst; a sister, Alice Bednarek of Sloan; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, 2158 Clinton St., Cheektowaga.


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