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RYCZEK, Edward F.
RYCZEK - Edward F. Born November 6, 1938, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, formerly of Hamburg, NY. A graduate of St. Francis High School in 1956, he served in the US Army in Korea from 1956 to 1958. He received a Bachelor's of Science degree in 1971 from the University at Buffalo. Ed began his career in Computers in 1961 with General Electric. He joined McDonald Products (Duk-it) in 1967 as Data Processing Manager and installed the company's first computer system. It began a 25-year career with McDonald Products, being promoted to Controller in 1973 and to Vice President of Finance in 1979 until 1992. In 1985, he began a 15-year part-time career as a computer instructor at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, using a main frame computer and later PCs. Courses were centered on the Microsoft office software with applied Business Applications. He later joined Signore Corporation of Ellicottville, NY and served as Vice President of Finance before moving to Arizona in 1999. He joined Gould Electronics of Chandler, Arizona as Controller, and retired in 2004. In the 1990s, Ed became a Board Member of University at Buffalo's School of Management's Alumni Association. In 2001 he became the first President of the University at Buffalo's Alumni Association - Phoenix Chapter until 2013. Ed received UB's voluntary recognition award at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Achievement awards ceremony in 2013 for his many years of volunteering at the University. Ed was on the board for the former 40s/50s Club at his Sun Lakes Community. An avid sports fan and Buffalo Bills football season ticket holder for over 30 years, he attended 3 Bills Super Bowls. He also volunteered as an Usher during Major League's Baseball Cactus League spring training. Survivors include his wife Joanne (Bracci) of 56 years; dear father of Deborah (Sal) DiCiccio, Diane Ryczek, Janet (Andy) Collins; and granddaughters, Anna and Emilia DiCiccio; son of the late Frank and Genevieve Ryczek; brother of Irene Tomasulo (late Frank), Bernard (Elizabeth) Ryczek, Ted (Martha) Ryczek. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Steven's Church, 24827 S. Dobson Road at 10 am, Saturday, October 14th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis High, School, Athol Springs, NY, https://www.sfhs.com/page.cfm?p=1520, University at Buffalo's Alumni Association, https://www.buffalo.edu/giving/give-to/orgs-and-institutes/alumni-association.html or Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ