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William B. Tesluk, retired pharmacist, store owner

Jan. 14, 1919 – June 22, 2014

William B. Tesluk, a retired pharmacist and owner of Ontario Thrifty Drugs, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 95.

Born in Buffalo, he attended School 60 and graduated from Riverside High School in 1936. He started to work at Curtiss Wright Aviation Co. just before World War II, becoming an assistant general foreman.

Mr. Tesluk entered the U.S. Army Air Forces, serving from 1944 to 1946. He taught aircraft electrical system course to Army Air Forces personnel who then flew the aircraft. After World War II, he returned to school and graduated from the University of Buffalo Pharmacy School in 1955. He worked as a pharmacist at Children’s Hospital and several local pharmacies.

In the early 1960s, he opened his own pharmacy, Ontario Thrifty Drugs. He always insisted that every pharmacist that he employed personally explain the directions for each new prescription that was dispensed. Mr. Tesluk sold the drugstore to Rite Aid Pharmacies in 1984.

Mr. Tesluk also was a union carpenter and helped to build one- and two-family houses with his father.

During retirement, he enjoyed reading about pharmacy, construction and real estate.

He is survived by two brothers, Albert and Dr. Henry Tesluk; and a sister, Irene.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at a later date at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.

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