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Roman S. Bernacki, 93, retired NFTA purchasing agent June 16, 1916 -- Sept. 8, 2009

Roman S. Bernacki, a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority purchasing agent, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 93.

Mr. Bernacki, of Amherst, was born in Buffalo and graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Canisius College.

He worked as a purchasing agent for the NFTA, retiring in 1982 after 20 years. Previously, he was office manager for Ballantine Ale in Buffalo.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Bernacki was based in the Mediterranean, the European and Pacific theaters, and China.

Mr. Bernacki, who was chairman of the 10th Ward Republican Club, also ran for political office in Buffalo.

He was a Boy Scout leader of Troop 259, and was active in the Holy Name Society and St. Vincent de Paul Society. He also was a volunteer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Elinor Hawley; and a son, Dr. Ralph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 189 Clark St.

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