Aug. 22, 1926 – Nov. 8, 2016
Jules L. Midlik, of East Aurora, a pioneering Buffalo television station engineer, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his second home in St. Charles, Ill. He was 90.
Born in Buffalo, he attended city schools and enlisted in the Army Air Forces in World War II. He became a master mechanic and served as ground crew chief for the Enola Gay, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Returning from service, he graduated from the Capital Broadcast Institute and began a career as a radio engineer at WXRA. After helping put WGR-TV on the air in 1954, he served as an engineer and directed live TV programs. In the mid-1960s, he briefly was chief engineer at the University at Buffalo radio station, WBFO-FM.
Preferring to work in television, Mr. Midlik then went back to being an engineer and directing live programs, including Buffalo Bills games, at WNED-TV, WKBW-TV, WBEN-TV and WGRZ-TV.
He retired in the late 1980s.
With his wife, in 1988 he founded Prime UV Systems in Carol Stream, Ill., a manufacturer of equipment to cure inks and adhesives using high-intensity ultraviolet light. He served as chairman of the board until his death.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Elinor Rassow; three daughters, Barbara Reggio, Tara and Juliet Michels; a son, Erich A.; and five grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. this Friday in Oakwood Cemetery, 696 Main St., East Aurora.