Arthur E. Pawlak, a former stationary engineer, died Friday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 81.
Mr. Pawlak was born in Buffalo and graduated from Burgard Vocational High School. He was a lifelong resident of Western New York and lived in West Seneca for 43 years. He served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in Brazil.
Mr. Pawlak worked as a stationary engineer at Erie County Medical Center and before that for Loblaws Supermarket and the Peter J. Schmidt warehouse. He retired from ECMC in 1988.
He was an active member and past commander of West Seneca Post 8113, American Legion, and was chairman of the Voice of Democracy essay contest for about the last decade for the Erie County Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Mary Giuliani of West Seneca; two daughters, Rebecca Battaglia of Buffalo and Deborah Malchoff of Phelps; three sisters, Elizabeth McFadden of Lancaster, Leona Juliano of Buffalo and Rita Mucciaccio of Buffalo; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in 14 Holy Helpers Catholic Church, Gardenville.