May 1, 1928 – Nov. 8, 2012
Edgar D. Jaworski of Derby, former art director at the Courier-Express and advertising artist for S.M. Flickinger Food Co., died Nov. 8 in Absolut Care of Orchard Park. He was 84.
Mr. Jaworski was born in Buffalo and was a longtime resident of West Seneca and Derby.
He graduated from Pine Hill High School in Cheektowaga and served on an aircraft carrier during World War II.
He was selected as a young man by iconic local artist Charles Burchfield to study with him.
Mr. Jaworski worked as art director for the Courier-Express from 1954 to 1961, then from 1962 to 1969 worked as advertising artist at the West Seneca Observer and Lackawanna Leader.
Starting in 1967, he also started working at Flickinger’s, printing up sales signs for the company’s grocery stores by hand.
Among the signs he painted were those that appeared on Super Duper commercials in the late ’60s and early ’70s in which a pitchwoman named Joey circled the lowest price of the week on a selected item. He appeared in many of those commercials as the artist at the drawing board.
During the 1970s, he also launched a freelance art career from which he retired in the mid-1980s.
He showed and sold some of his works at the Allentown Art Festival.
During the 1970s, Mr. Jaworski also was an instructor of concept therapy – a way of looking at the philosophy of life.
He enjoyed playing ukulele and piano and writing his own songs. His wife, Veronica, died in 2009.
Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Zarbo, Christine Tarquin and Holly Holl; a son, Robert; and his former wife, Marie Rynski.
A service was held Monday in Buszka Funeral Home.
Mr. Jaworski donated his body to University at Buffalo Medical School.