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Eugene H. Wojcik, 91, gunsmith, hunter, re-enactor Nov. 1, 1920 — June 26, 2012

Eugene H. Wojcik, former owner of Tobol Iron Works and a West Seneca resident, died at his home Tuesday under Hospice care. He was 91.

Mr. Wojcik was born in Wheeling, W.Va., where he attended high school. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946.

He was owner and publisher of the Orchard Park Press from 1954 to 1958, and president of Tobol Iron Works from 1962 to 1966.

Mr. Wojcik was an avid gunsmith and hunter and was a member of several hunting and gun clubs, including the Alabama Hunt Club, the Ohio Gun Collectors Association, the Contemporary Long Rifle Association, the New York State and National Skeet Shooting Associations, and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. He was a New York State and World Skeet Shooting champion.

He was a Revolutionary War re-enactor and a member of the Old Fort Niagara Association and was awarded the association's lifetime achievement award. In 1982, he was named gunsmith of the month in the monthly publication Muzzle Blasts.

He was also a woodcarver, yachtsman, artist and pilot, and enjoyed golfing.

Mr. Wojcik was a member of the East Aurora Fish and Game Club and was featured in Game & Fish magazine in 1987. He also volunteered with the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and was a former member of Corvettes of Buffalo.

His wife, the former Norma Martin, died in 1998.

Survivors include his son, Michael; and two daughters, Bonnie Ahrens and Mary Girasole.

A military funeral will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Curtin Funeral Home at 1340 Union Road, West Seneca.