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John J. Buczak, Black Rock bar owner, Council aide Dec. 10, 1938 -- April 2, 2007

John J. Buczak, a longtime Black Rock bar owner and blue-collar worker who also served as a Buffalo Common Council staffer, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 68.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Buczak graduated from St. John Kanty Prep School in 1957 and earned his associate degree in accounting from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in 1960. He also attended Buffalo State College in the late 1950s.

Mr. Buczak took over operation of Mr. Bumbles Tap Room, a neighborhood tavern atBridgeman and Chandler streets that he acquired from his parents in the early 1960s. He also was employed at a number of other jobs during the years he operated Mr. Bumbles. The tavern closed in 1985.

He served in the Army Reserves from 1960 to 1962.

From 1961 to 1966, Mr. Buczak was a management trainee at the former Liberty National Bank. He also worked as a time-study specialist at Union Carbide from 1966 to 1968, and then went to work as an assistant foreman for Buffalo Weaving & Belting Co. until 1973.

Until 1978, Mr. Buczak was on the staff of the Buffalo Common Council, assisting in the preparation of the Council journal, performing confidential investigations and serving as a media liaison.

From 1978 to 1981, he worked in the inspections department for the General Motors Corp. plant in the Town of Tonawanda. He then worked as a technician for Carborundum until 1984, and returned to the GM plant, where he worked until he retired in 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Stefanie Bartolotta; one son, John; and a brother, Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Amherst St.

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