April 8, 1934 – March 17, 2017
George G. Malek, an auto sales executive and a prominent supporter of the arts, died March 17 at his home in Wellington, Fla. He was 82.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School and attended Canisius College and the University of Buffalo, where he studied business management. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959 and was stationed in Germany with special services.
Mr. Malek had a career in auto sales for more than 25 years and was general manager of what was then the oldest Lincoln-Mercury dealership in the nation, D&E Motors.
After retiring from the auto business in the mid 1980s, he devoted himself to volunteer work. At Heritage Centers, where he helped find jobs for developmentally disabled adults, what began as a six-month assignment extended for 13 more years.
A longtime Williamsville resident, he served as president of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra Association, vice president of Upstage New York, chairman of the Town of Amherst Arts and Culture Board and a board member of Studio Arena Theatre.
He was a leading fundraiser for the UB Center for the Arts, AIDS Community Services and the Heritage Centers. He also was active with the United Way, Hospice Buffalo, the Morningside Homeowners Association and the North Forest Civic Association.
He received numerous awards, including a Super Volunteer Award and an Exceptional Services Award from Studio Arena, the United Way’s Distinguished Loaned Executive Award, the Town of Amherst Distinguished Services Award and the Outstanding Fundraising Award from AIDS Community Services.
After moving to Florida in 2001, he was a member of the Palm Beach Round Table, the Norton Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Hospice of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Yacht Club. He was an honorary trustee for the Armory Art Center and the former Florida Stage. For many years, he and his wife returned annually to attend Buffalo’s Curtain Up! celebration.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Lynn Arons, a retired Buffalo teacher; a daughter, Rebecca Malek-Weiss; and a sister, Agnes Kumor.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. April 10 in St. Edward Catholic Church, 144 N. County Road, Palm Beach, Fla.