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William Urbanski Jr., food broker in candy industry; Nov. 16, 1958 -- March 21, 2011

William P. Urbanski Jr., a food broker in the candy industry, died Monday in his Amherst home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 52.

The Cheektowaga native was a graduate of Bishop Turner High School, where he was an All-Catholic wrestler and graduated at the top of his class. As a teenager, he assisted his father at Lucky-Urban, a family-owned furniture store, working his way through high school and college.

He attended Canisius College and was a graduate of Buffalo State College.

Mr. Urbanski was a member of the National Confectionary Sales Association and worked in the wholesale candy brokerage business in Western New York for more than 25 years.

Mr. Urbanski coached his three daughters in basketball and soccer, and his passion was promoting and improving girls athletics.

In the 1990s, he served as commissioner of the Catholic schools girls basketball league. He challenged players with a contest to come up with a name for the league, and he awarded the winning entry, "The Holy Hoopsters," a large box of candy for the entire team.

Mr. Urbanski was known to friends as "Brunswick" -- a joking reference to his lackluster bowling in his college days.

He also was an avid golfer and a trivia buff.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, the former Roseanne Turici; three daughters, Allie, Emily and Hannah; two brothers, Paul and Tom; and a sister, Donna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 123 Townsend St.

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