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Edward A. Bajer Sr., 93, collision shop operator; May 18, 1918 -- April 7, 2012

Edward A. Bajer Sr., of Boston, a collision shop operator and a longtime member of the Boston Fire Company, died April 7 in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster, after a lengthy illness. He was 93.

Born in Buffalo, he studied auto body repair at Burgard Vocational High School and worked as an auto body repairman and insurance adjuster before opening his own shop, Bamu Collision in Blasdell. He also worked in the maintenance department at the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst, retiring in 1983.

Mr. Bajer was a 60-year member of the Boston Volunteer Fire Company, served as bingo chairman for many years and was the company's custodian, making repairs and scheduling events at the fire hall.

He also was active in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Boston, serving as lector, Holy Name Society president, a Catholic Charities large gift chairman and lawn fete chairman.

An avid bowler, he was the longtime secretary of the Tuesday Night Businessman's League at Eden Bowling Center. He also was treasurer of the Boston Baseball Association.

He enjoyed dancing, singing, sports, mysteries, pinochle and tinkering. He could build or repair almost anything, his daughter, Christine Kennedy, said.

His wife of 57 years, Emilie Poremba Bajer, died in 1998.

Surviving are his daughter and two sons, Edward Jr. and Daniel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in All Saints Catholic Church, 76 Church St., Lockport.

[ANDERSON]