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Rutecki outstanding in service to youth

As a longtime friend of David Rutecki, I would like to mention his much-overlooked work with the youth of his beloved Black Rock and especially the youth of Assumption Church in Buffalo.

For many years throughout the ’70s and ’80s, he served as mentor, adviser and coach to hundreds of youths in Black Rock and Assumption Church. He was head coach of several Catholic Youth Organization baseball and basketball teams for the Assumption CYO. His girls basketball teams won several CYO divisional championships and even a diocesan title or two. His former players still talk about the great teams he fielded.

David was also part of a core group during the 1970s that established a Young Adults group at Assumption. Along with Father Richard Jedrzejewski, Father Richard “Duke” Zajac and many others, this group became the fund-raising arm for youth programs at Assumption and Black Rock. The primary fund-raising activity was a Saturday night bingo game that raised thousands of dollars for youth programming. David became renowned as the best bingo caller at Assumption Church.

He was once asked why he became a CYO basketball coach. In his self-deprecating manner he answered, “The girls team needed a ride to the basketball game and I had the station wagon.” His life was one of service. He will be deeply missed.

Kenneth J. Kabacinski

Tonawanda