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Harold J. Penasack, founder of APAC Equipment Sept. 30, 1945 -- March 26, 2010

A Mass of Christian Burial for Harold J. Penasack, the founder of APAC Equipment and a harness race horse owner, will be offered at 10 a.m. April 6 in St. John the Baptist Church, Alden.

Mr. Penasack, 64, of Alden, died Friday while preparing his horse for a race at Buffalo Raceway.

A graduate of Albion High School and Rochester Institute of Technology, he worked as an engineer at Graham Corp. in Batavia and Cheltenham, England, and at Boss-Hatten in Orchard Park, before starting his own business, APAC, in 1985 in Alden.

APAC is a designer, fabricator and distributor of engineered heat transfer products, pressure vessels, metal bellows, expansion joints, vacuum pumps, and pumps and pumping systems.

He was a student of theology at Christ the King Seminary, where he attended classes with his wife of 40 years, Susan. He also was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Alden, where he was a member of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults team.

Mr. Penasack enjoyed gourmet cooking, especially Spanish dishes, and spent many hours perfecting his Spanish omelette.

He studied Spanish and enjoyed traveling, visiting New Zealand, Austria, France, Spain and England with his wife in recent years.

He was a horseman for 38 years, and trained his own harness horses that raced at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amy, and three sons, Adam, Charles and Peter.


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