Philip Plotycia of Buffalo, a retired security guard, died Sunday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 86.
Mr. Plotycia was born in Skvariawa, Ukraine, and moved to Buffalo in 1955.
Passionate about his Ukrainian heritage, he was a member of many groups, including the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the Organization for the Defense of the Four Freedoms for Ukraine, the Ukrainian Youth Association and Ukrainian Home Dnipro. He was also a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Buffalo.
Mr. Plotycia enjoyed collecting stamps, was a prolific photographer and liked to perform in the theater.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Maria Winkowskyj.
Prayers will be said at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in Colonial Memorial Chapel, 3003 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Nicholas Church, 308 Fillmore Ave. Burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, West Seneca.