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Martin A. Petrik, retired patrolman, veteran <br> Nov. 29, 1919 -- March 24, 2006

Martin A. Petrik of Buffalo, a retired Buffalo Police Department patrolman, died Friday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 86.

Born in Pernick, Czechoslovakia, Mr. Petrik came to Buffalo with his family as a boy. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a turret gunner. From 1952 until his retirement in 1982, he worked for the Buffalo Police Department.

He was a member of the Buffalo Rod and Gun Club and Father Carmichael Senior Citizens Club.

His wife of about 40 years, Margo Rusin Petrik, died in 1979.

Mr. Petrik is survived by two sons M. Robert and Michael, both of Buffalo; two daughters, Sheila Zielinski of West Seneca and Palma Bielecki of Jamestown; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen's Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church, 193 Elk St. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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