Jan. 1, 1938 – Feb. 28, 2015
Richard A. “Dick” Zielinski of Cheektowaga, a retired HUD inspector who was active in the community, died Feb. 28 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 77.
Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Francis High School and graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in 1983. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, from June 1957 to July 1959. He also served as a Marine Corps reservist for three years.
A retired U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development inspector for the City of Buffalo, he served the city for 25 years, from August 1975 to January 2001. The day of his retirement was proclaimed “Dick Zielinski Day” by then-Mayor Anthony M. Masiello.
He was a former Democratic committeeman, serving on campaigns for several politicians, including former mayors James Griffin and Stanley Makowski.
Active in the community, he was an assistant hockey coach at the Roosevelt ice rink in the Kensington-Bailey area and a baseball umpire in the City of Buffalo. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church, where he was involved in many activities and committees.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Patricia H. Wesolowski; a daughter, Lori Ann Staufenberger; three stepsons, James L., Gary V. and Dr. Lawrence P. Lawicki; two sisters, Bernadine Lipczynski and Geraldine Golda; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Josaphat Catholic Church, 20 Peoria Ave., Cheektowaga.