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John J. Bodkin, retired construction engineer; Nov. 24, 1923 -- March 26, 2011

John J. Bodkin of Orchard Park, a retired construction engineer who supervised the construction of many prominent Buffalo-area buildings, died Saturday in Greenfield Nursing Home, Lancaster. He was 87.

Born in Lackawanna, he graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1941 and continued his education at Canisius College and the University of Detroit.

Mr. Bodkin was a navigator with the Army Air Forces during World War II, flying more than 30 missions in the South Pacific. He retired with the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Bodkin was vice president and construction superintendent for Metzger Construction in Hamburg, before his employment with Waltrous and McCabe Construction companies for more than 50 years. He worked as a vice president and construction superintendent, supervising the construction of more than 70 structures in Western New York.

Some of the projects he oversaw included the building of the Fisher-Price toy complex in Holland, the Nike bases in Hamburg and Amherst, the Erie County Water Authority buildings and the Buffalo State College dormitories.

Mr. Bodkin also was active in Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus, in Lackawanna and the Holy Name Society at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orchard Park.

His wife of 54 years, Mary J. Collins Bodkin, died in 2003.

Survivors include a son, Dr. John J., and three daughters, Christine O'Mara, Nancy A. Kuntz and Tami C. Bryk.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.


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