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Ted Barczak, Linde retiree, former speed skating champ

June 14, 1914 – March 20, 2014

Ted Barczak, of Snyder, a retired supervisor at Linde Division of Union Carbide, died Thursday in Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV, Lackawanna, after a short illness. He was 99.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up near the former Humboldt Park, where he spent hours on the ice rink and the tennis courts. He was a 1932 graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School, where he was a member of the 1932 All High tennis team. He attended Buffalo State College.

Mr. Barczak had a 40-year career with Linde and was involved with the Manhattan Project as a supervisor in his division.

A speed skater, he was the all-around titleholder in the 1935 Buffalo speed skating championships and winner of the 100-yard speed skating championship in 1936. He also was an avid golfer, swimmer and bowler.

Also a musician, he played violin in his youth, then taught himself bass and piano. He accompanied his brother in bands and wedding orchestras, and in his brother’s restaurant, the Carriage House.

An accomplished craftsman, he made small wooden locomotives for his grandchildren and wooden doll cradles for his daughters. He also built a 16-foot motorboat in his garage and enjoyed fishing and water skiing.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, the former Alice J. Szwanka; two daughters, Susan Uba and Elizabeth Horrigan; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today in St. Louis Catholic Church, Main and Edward streets.

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