May 28, 1941 – July 29, 2018
Paul A. Kloc, a funeral director who owned and operated Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels in West Seneca for more than 45 years, died unexpectedly July 29 in Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga following an auto accident on Transit Road in Lancaster. He was 77.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1958 graduate of Iroquois Central High School and earned a barber’s license. After working as a barber for two years, he attended the American Academy of Funeral Service in New York City.
Mr. Kloc returned to Buffalo in 1963 and worked with a funeral home locally before opening his own funeral home on Clinton Street at Borden Road in West Seneca in 1970. Assisted by his wife and his son, Christopher, who owns Howe Funeral Home in East Aurora, he was active in the business until his death.
He was a former vice president of the Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association and a member of the New York State and National Funeral Directors Associations.
Active in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, he was a past president of the Holy Name Society and chaired several committees. He also was past president of the District 22 Holy Name Society. He also was a member of the Holy Name Society at Resurrection Catholic Church. He was formerly chairman of Cub Scout Pack 622 at St. Gabriel’s.
Mr. Kloc bred and raised Arabian horses on his parents’ farm in Elma. He was a leader of Galloping Hooves 4-H Club, a member of the Erie County Agricultural Society and a life member of the Elma Conservation Club.
An avid hunter, he hunted big game in Africa, China, Mongolia, Russia, New Zealand and the western U.S. He was a life member of the Allied Sportsmen of Western New York and Safari Club International. He also was a former board member of the Central and Western New York Chapter of Safari Club International.
Mr. Kloc was a member of the Polish Professional and Businessmen’s Association and the West Seneca Civic and Patriot Commission.
He also served as a liaison between first responders and funeral directors. He was a member of the Erie County Disaster Preparedness Advisory Board, the Erie County Local Emergency Planning Commission and the Special Medical Alert Recovery Team.
He and his wife, the former Elaine M. Suplicki, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 11. She is co-owner and secretary of Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels.
Survivors also include another son, Dr. Paul A. II, a veterinarian and part owner of the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center; a daughter, Dawn M. Rauch, an occupational therapist; two sisters, Susan Kloc and Patricia Stahrr; and nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.