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WARDYNSKI - Raymond F. Don't give me THAT baloney, he was Wardynski! As he had done from countless dinner parties in the past, Raymond F. Wardynski slipped out quietly in Sarasota, FL, one day after his 96th birthday, surrounded by his devoted wife of 61 years, Sue (Jackowski) and his beloved family. Ray was born in Buffalo, NY on May 26, 1921 to Frank and Lottie (Tomczak) Wardynski. He attended St. Stanislaus School, Canisius High School and the University of Buffalo, all the while working in the sausage manufacturing business started by his parents in 1919. He served proudly in the 44th Infantry Division of the US Army in Europe during World War II. After returning from the war, Mr. Wardynski took over the operation of F. Wardynski & Sons. No one will dispute that the company was always his first love. He worked hard and expected others to follow suit. He retired "handing the keys" to son Raymond M. ("Skip"), who continues to own and run the business to this day. Nonetheless, until recently Ray kept copious longhand ledger records of meat tonnage ordered and product sold. A camera app on an ipad gave him ready access to views of his beloved sausage factory; the business was never far from mind. In his earlier Buffalo years, Mr. Wardynski volunteered time to numerous civic, cultural and business boards. He was a member of the Ambassadors of St. Joseph's Hospital, and served on the boards of the Kosciuszko Foundation, the United Way, Canisius High School, the Boy Scouts of America and the former Bank of Buffalo. He was also involved with the Chopin Singing Society and the Professional Businessmen's Association. Friends and family who knew him over the years will also recall, however, Ray's strong sense of family, his steadfast faith, his integrity, his keen intellect, his athletic prowess, his sense of humor, and his caring ways. He read voraciously well into his 90's. In addition to his wife, Sue, and son Skip (Lisa) of Buffalo, NY, he is remembered with love by his daughters Paula (Jed Scala) of New York City and Kasia of Fredericksburg, VA; and by his grandchildren Michael, Lauren and Sofie. He was predeceased by his brother, Edmund, and sister, Alice Posluszny. A memorial Mass celebrating Ray's life will be will be held at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville, NY 14221 on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo, NY 14225.

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