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Thomas J. Kotowski, energy conservationist
March 25, 1943 -- March 22, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas J. Kotowski of Cheektowaga, a retired energy conservation supervisor for the New York State Office of General Services, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. John Gualbert Catholic Church, Gualbert Avenue and Doat Street, Cheektowaga.

Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Melvin J. Sliwinski Funeral Home, 85 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Burial will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Lancaster.

Mr. Kotowski, who was born in Buffalo, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He died three days before his 63rd birthday.

He was a graduate of Bishop Ryan High School and served two years of active duty with the Navy and 22 years as a reservist. He rose to the rank of senior chief petty officer.

Mr. Kotowski went to work for New York State as a power plant helper in 1962. He retired from the Office of General Services in 1999. His department was responsible for energy conservation at facilities across the state. He headed a field staff of 10.

Under his leadership, his department in Albany received national recognition for its conservation programs.

He was a member of the Paderewski Singing Society and the St. Gualbert Church Choir.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Maxine Gurbacki Kotowski; two daughters, Kimberly Tauriello and Jill, both of Las Vegas; a sister, Christine Herrnreiter of Delray Beach, Fla.; and three brothers, Walter D. of Hamburg, David of Las Vegas and Lawrence of Depew.

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