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John Mazurowski, retired Graphic Controls executive, World War II veteran

Jan. 26, 1923 – June 3, 2016

John Mazurowski, formerly of Lancaster, a retired Graphic Controls Corp. executive and World War II veteran, died June 3 in Lakewood, Colo., after suffering a stroke. He was 93.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius High School and enlisted in the Army on the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in the Army Air Forces as a low-flying bomber pilot in Italy.

Returning from service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked as a mechanical engineer for Corning Glass Corp. He later received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Mazurowski had a 25-year career with Graphic Controls, retiring in 1985 as manager for long-range planning. In retirement, he did management consulting. He was a member of the board of directors of Sealing Devices Inc.

In June 1985, after a two-week cruise of the Greek islands, he and his daughter were among 139 passengers aboard TWA Flight 847 when it was hijacked shortly after takeoff from Athens and forced to land in Beirut, Lebanon. They were held hostage for two days, then released unharmed in Algiers.

He moved to Colorado in 2004 to be with his daughter and her family. His wife of 50 years, the former Emily “Amy” Kruszynski, died in 2004.

Survivors include his daughter, Melissa Martini; and two granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held June 27 in Fort Logan, Colo.

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