Fred B. Kawa Sr. of Depew, a former carpenter and state Department of Environmental Conservation employee, died Friday in St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga after a short illness. He was 88.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Kawa was a Depew resident for the past 58 years. He served in the Army as a cook during World War II, earning the rank of technical sergeant.
He worked as a carpenter for several area contractors, then, at age 65, began working as a general maintenance worker for the state DEC. Mr. Kawa retired from that job three years ago.
A member of the Buffalo Carpenters Union, he was also a member of the Adam Plewacki Post of the American Legion and was a Lancaster Republican committeeman.
Mr. Kawa, a Eucharistic minister at St. James Catholic Church in Depew, was known as an excellent cook whose specialty was chili.
Husband of the late Mollie Konsek Kawa, who died in 1992, he is survived by a daughter, Melanie Macie, and two sons, William and Fred Jr., all of Lancaster; a brother, Carl of Gardenville; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Monday in St. James Church, Depew. Burial will be held in St. Augustine's Cemetery, Lancaster.