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May 24, 1921 – April 7, 2013

Benjamin S. Sobczyk, a retired Niagara County sheriff’s deputy and former historian for the Town of Pendleton, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sobczyk moved to Pendleton when he was a boy. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces during World War II and was stationed in North Africa for two years. He received the Good Conduct and European Theater medals.

After being discharged in 1945, Mr. Sobczyk worked at various places, including Wurlitzer, the Chevrolet plant and his mother’s farm.

He married Dorothy Gzik in 1950 and started as deputy in the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department in 1956. He retired from the Sheriff’s Department 20 years later.

Mr. Sobczyk served as Pendleton’s town historian for 44 years, retiring in 2013.

During that time, he served as the first president of the Pendleton Historical Society, obtained funding to renovate historical veteran grave sites in town cemeteries and dedicated a monument to commemorate the opening of the Erie Canal.

Mr. Sobczyk was a member of the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company since 1940 and Good Shepherd Catholic Church since 1930.

He continued to live in the same home on Tonawanda Creek Road that he lived in as a child.

Besides his wife of 62 years, Mr. Sobczyk is survived by two daughters, Patricia Chrzanowski and Mary Mulrenin; and three sons, Peter, John and James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Good Shepherd Church, 5441 Tonawanda Creek Road, Pendleton, where mourners will begin to congregate at 9:15.