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Paul A. Westphal, Cheektowaga town employee ; Aug. 18, 1942 -- Dec. 28, 2010

Paul A. Westphal, a retired Town of Cheektowaga employee, died Tuesday in his Cheektowaga home. He was 68.

Mr. Westphal retired after 35 years working for the town's Department of Sanitation. The Buffalo native was treasurer of the Plewacki Stamp Society. Earlier in his life, he played the saxophone and clarinet for the G Notes and other local polka bands.

Mr. Westphal and his wife, the former Barbara Grubka, traveled to nearly every state, selling at antique and collectible shows and flea markets. He operated Garage Unit 38 at Antique World in Clarence, selling Hot Wheels die-cast cars and trucks, beer signs, comic books and coins, among other items. He enjoyed watching smiling children pick out toy cars or trucks to buy.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Michelle and Ellen; a brother, Marin; and a sister, Sandy.

Mr. Westphal donated his body to the University at Buffalo for research. .

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 in Resurrection Catholic Church, Union Road and Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga.


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