March 12, 1936 – Sept. 21, 2012
Richard P. Bryk, a professional photographer and former owner of Bryk’s Photography in Cheektowaga, died Sept. 21 in Newport, N.C., after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 76.
A native of Warsaw, Mr. Bryk was a 1954 graduate of Seneca Vocational High School in Buffalo and earned an associate degree in electrical technologies from Erie County Technical Institute.
He served in the Air Force and then was stationed at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station with the 136th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the New York Air National Guard.
Mr. Bryk joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. in 1956 as an electrical design draftsman. In 1970, he started the company’s industrial photography department and was its senior photographer. He performed photography work for Westinghouse plants in Buffalo, Chicago and Puerto Rico.
After the Buffalo plant was closed, he founded his own business in 1982, Bryk’s Photography, providing portrait and wedding photography for almost 20 years until he retired in 2001.
He was a member of the Professional Photographers of America and a qualified and accredited photographer of the Professional Photographers Society of New York.
During his service to those organizations, he was secretary and president of his local section, state convention chairman, and in 2000-01 president of the State Professional Photographers Society.
In 1990 and 1991, he received the Spirit of Photography, the most prestigious award of the Professional Photographers Society of Buffalo/Niagara.
Mr. Bryk also was a volunteer firefighter and life member of the South Line Volunteer Fire Company in Cheektowaga. While there, he served as president in 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976 and again in 1979.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a 4th-Degree Knight of Father Justin Council 5670, Cheektowaga.
He was a Eucharistic minister at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church from the inception of the Eucharistic ministry program until he retired to move to Newport, N.C., in 2001. He continued to serve as a Eucharistic minister in North Carolina.
<INLINENOTE>at St. Egbert Catholic Church in Morehead City, N.C., as well as a eucharistic minister calling on the sick at Carteret General Hospital.
During his retirement, he volunteered for the North Carolina Seafood Festival, serving on its board of directors until 2009. Most recently, he participated in the Holy Mackerel Fishing Club at St. Egbert, serving as president in 2011-12.</INLINENOTE>Survivors include his wife, Christine Ann; two sons, David and Michael; and a stepson, Jeff Hajduk.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.