Adolph J. Wiercioch of Cheektowaga, a retired Buffalo teacher and former community activist, died Saturday in Sisters Hospital-St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga. He was 83.
Born in Lackawanna, he graduated from Lackawanna High School. The youngest of 10, he joined the Navy at 17, during World War II and served aboard the USS Horace Greeley in the Pacific.
When he was discharged, Mr. Wiercioch worked as a machinist for Bethlehem Steel but left to go to college. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a master's degree in education and took guidance counseling courses at Canisius College and Niagara University to further his career.
From 1960 until his retirement in 1990, Mr. Wiercioch worked in many Buffalo schools, including East High School, Bennett, Seneca Vocational and Hutch-Tech. He taught algebra and worked as a guidance counselor and vocational coordinator at various schools .
He was a community activist in the 1970s, fighting many battles against the Town of Cheektowaga and Erie County regarding the widening of Borden Road and relocation of water lines. He often was referred to as the "Mayor of Borden Road."
Mr. Wiercioch also was adamant about openness in town government. He always had a keen interest in politics and later served as a Democratic committeeman with his wife of 59 years, the former Jane Bukowski.
He was a member of the Cheektowaga Democratic Committee and Depew/Cheektowaga Taxpayers group. He also was an avid golfer and won many tournaments, including the Invitational at Byrncliff Country Club.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, David; a daughter, Linda Hammer; three sisters, Mary Cybulski, Carrie Koren and Jeannie; and a brother, Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.