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Victor D. Makosky, retired police captain

March 23, 1934 – June 11, 2015

Retired Buffalo Police Capt. Victor D. Makosky, one of the Homicide Bureau detectives actively involved in the investigation of Joseph Christopher, the city’s infamous “22-Caliber Killer” 35 years ago, died Thursday in his Cheektowaga home. He was 81.

Born in Candor, a village near Ithaca, he lived in the Buffalo area for most of his life. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.

After the capture of Christopher in 1981, he was promoted to lieutenant and then captain.

At the time of his retirement in 1993 after a 34-year career on the force, Capt. Makosky was head of what was then known as Precinct 8 in the Broadway-Fillmore area. For a time he had also had been assigned to the relief circuit as a captain.

An avid bowler and golfer, he was a member of both the Police Benevolent Association and the Officers Association.

His wife, the former Mary D’Auria, died in 1999.

He is survived by three daughters, Dawn Maciejewski, Vicki Garcia and Joanne Carroll; a brother, William; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday at Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga.

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