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Albert A. Kasprzak, retired police detective Aug. 29, 1929 -- Sept. 14, 2005

Albert A. Kasprzak, a retired police detective, died Wednesday at home of heart failure. He was 76.

The Buffalo native attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School and earned a general equivalency diploma in 1972.

During the Korean War, he served in the Army as a master sergeant with the 24th Division Japanese Occupation Force and the 9th Infantry Division Artillery. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

During his military service, Mr. Kasprzak, a lightweight boxer, was intra-service boxing champion.

Mr. Kasprzak joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1956 and worked at Precinct 15 and the South District before retiring in 1990.

He was a member of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, Buffalo Police Detective Sergeant and Detective Association and the Pulaski Police Association, which conferred its president's award on him in 1980 and 1985.

Mr. Kasprzak also was a member of Wal-Roy's Social Club and Fulara Brothers Post 4734, Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1962, he received the Erie Club's Heroism Award.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dolores A. Glica; two daughters, Kim A. McElroy of London, Ont., and Gail A. Mocarski of Cheektowaga; a son, Allan A. of East Aurora; two sisters, Dorothy Salisbury and Laura Krieger, both of Buffalo; a brother, Joseph of Kenmore; and three grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Monday in Orlowski-Pietszak Funeral Home, 2400 William St., Cheektowaga, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Stephen's Shrine of St. Jude, 193 Elk St. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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